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Here we are. Midsummer, high tourist season, on the eve of the biggest long weekend of the summer. For those who don't have plans, or just for those who want to put some sparkle into their celebration, we've compiled a list of Fourth of July festivities that lean heavily toward pyrotechnics.

JULY 2

What: "Celebrate America"
Features: Live entertainment, picnicking and fireworks.
Where: Santa Monica College, Corsair Field
1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica
When: 5 PM
Cost: Parking $5, Admission free
Info | (310) 434-3000

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JULY 4

What: "Happy Birthday, America!"
Features: Picnicking and a fireworks spectacular
Where: Almansor Park
800 South Almansor Avenue, Alhambra
When: 9 PM
Cost: Free
Info

What: "Americafest"
Features: Food, fireworks, music from the Pasadena POPS
Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena
When: 9 AM (picnic), 6 PM (fireworks)
Cost: $10 (children under 5 free)
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What: "Fun on the Fourth"
Features: Carnival, featuring Dixieland jazz, food, children's activites, Los Angeles Doctors' Symphony and Bob Baker Marionettes. (No fireworks.)
Where: Roxbury Park
471 South Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills
When: 11:30 AM – 3 PM
Cost:
Info | (310) 550-4796

What: "Under the Stars" Rooftop BBQ
Features: Chicken, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs and a banana split bar by chef Christopher Eagle.
Where: Raffles L'Ermitage
9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
When: 11:30 AM – 3 PM
Cost: $55 for adults, $25 for children. Reservations required. Complimentary parking.
Info | (310) 278-3344