America's 240th birthday is July 4, 2016! Here is our annual list of local fireworks, parades and other festivities that will take place throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas for Independence Day 2016!
There are fireworks planned in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Moorpark (July 3rd), Simi Valley, Calabasas, Channel Islands Harbor, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Agoura Hills (July 10th), Woodland Hills, Camarillo, Ventura and Santa Barbara.
4th of July celebration parades to take place in Westlake Village, Channel Islands Harbor, Ventura, Ojai, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Newbury Park.
Other family festivities and fun includes concerts, carnivals, swimming, games, tournaments, kids' fun zones, 5K/10K runs, etc.!
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Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park
The annual Conejo Recreation and Park District and City of Thousand Oaks 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is launched from the hill behind the Hillcrest Center of the Arts in Thousand Oaks. Best viewing will be at the Janss Marketplace and The Oaks parking lots. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Other CRPD 4th of July events around town include a pancake breakfast and Home Run Derby in Newbury Park, Concert in the Park featuring the Conejo Pops Orchestra and free swimming at local high schools!
Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks once again will be hosting a free viewing of the fireworks along with live music and family activities starting at 5pm on the 4th. A DJ will be on hand in the Fountain Courtyard, live band will be playing on the parking structure rooftop, hot dog eating contest and more.
The Miller Family YMCA is hosting a "Family, Friends and Flapjacks" free event from 9am to noon, including a pancake breakfast, family swim, arts and crafts, bounce houses, face painting and carnival games.
Ice Cream Social and Patriotic Celebration at Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park from 1-4pm on July 4th. Free admission and ice cream!
The Gardens at Los Robles Greens will be open for free family fun, culminating in a great view of the City of T.O. Fireworks, starting at 5pm.
Bethany Church on the Hill in Thousand Oaks once again opens its incredible views to the public with a 4th of July Celebration starting at 6pm. Free music, family fun, food for sale and some of the best views of the Thousand Oaks fireworks display in town!
The 47th Annual Westlake Village 4th of July Parade starts at 9:45am followed by music, inflatables, games, popsicles, etc. at Berniece Bennett Park until noon. Boy Scout pancake breakfast before the parade $5/person!
The City of Westlake Village presents its 3rd Annual Fireworks Spectacular Show from the Westlake Village Golf Course, with additional viewing locations at Calvary Community Church, Westlake Village Inn and Berniece Bennett Park. Activities begin at 6pm at the Westlake Village Golf Course Driving Range and Parking Lot, including family-friendly games and contests and food trucks. The 18 minute show will start at 9:10PM.
Moorpark (3rd of July)
The City of Moorpark presents its 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Arroyo Vista Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road once again. A fun family event with festivities (games, food, entertainment) starting at 4pm. Fireworks at 9pm. $5 admission; ages 4 and under are free.
Visit the Reagan Library Presidential Library 4th of July Celebration between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Festivities include music, family entertainment, food, presidential re-enactors, face painting, storytelling and more. All 4th of July activities are FREE; however, regular admission applies for touring the museum.
The 46th Annual Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza is at Rancho Santa Susana Park in Simi Valley. Gates open 2 p.m. Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Features live bands, kids' activities, crafts and food vendors and more. FREE admission!
On Monday, July 4, 2016, a United States Air Force C-17 will be flying low over Simi Valley in celebration of freedom. The closest view will be from the Rotary Sponsored Fireworks Extravaganza location. The flight is traditionally later in the afternoon.
Saplings Kids Indoor Playground in Simi Valley is hosting a "Little Patriots Event" on Sunday, July 3rd from 10am to 2pm. $5 per child; adults are free. Open play, face painting, arts and crafts, vendors and more. Visit www.simivalleysaplings.com for more information.
The City of Calabasas 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Calabasas High School opens at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Features live music and kids' fun zone. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. $10 admission includes parking, entertainment and activities. Children under 2 are free. Food and beverages will be offered for sale. Event usually sells out.
Other Calabasas 4th of July activities include a free Summer Splash Party from noon to 5:30pm, a Pet Show at Calabasas Lake at 11am and the 39th Annual Lakeside Fun Run 4 mile, 2 mile, 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile events in the morning.
4th of July Fireworks and Family Fun Day is planned at Camarillo High School. Gates open at 4 pm. Fireworks at 9 pm. Live music, food for sale, kids' activities and more. Tickets available for $2 (age 5 and under are free) available in advance or at the gate.
Free swimming at the Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center from 1-4 pm on the 4th.
Oxnard/Channel Islands Harbor
The 19th Annual Fireworks by the Sea is all day long on July 4th at the Channel Islands Harbor, The fun, folksy 4th of July parade begins at 10:30 am, followed by food, live entertainment, kids' activities, artists' market, water taxi rides and more. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Start your holiday with the 12th Annual Channel Islands 4th of July 5K & 10K races. Flat, fast and fun!
The City of Ventura 4th of July Street Festival and 41st Annual Pushem-Pullem Parade are free, with the parade starting at 10am, street fest on Main Street and side streets with 200+ artisans, food booths, vendor displays and live music.
The Rotary Club of Ventura hosts a Fireworks Show and Family Picnic again this year at the Ventura College Athletic Field starting at 5pm, featuring a family picnic, live music, kids' fun zone, followed by fireworks show at 9pm! Presale tickets for the event are available in June.
The annual Ojai Independence Day parade will take place at 10am on July 4th. Live music and fireworks show will take place at Nordhoff High School Stadium, starting at 5 pm. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 am. Presale tickets for the nighttime event are available. Details at www.4thofjulyinojai.com.
The Sespe Creek Car Show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 4th and the City of Fillmore fireworks show starts around 9:15 p.m. at Fillmore Middle School.
Fireworks show planned at Harding Park, 1300 E. Harvard Boulevard at 9pm.
On Sunday, July 10, 2016, the City of Agoura Hills once again presents a free concert at Chumash Park followed by a fireworks display! Concert starts at 6pm and fireworks are at 9pm.
The Valley Cultural Center in Woodland Hills hosts its July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza featuring free concert at 6pm, followed by fireworks at approximately 9 p.m.
The 19th Annual Rods and Roses Classic Car Show will take place on Saturday, July 2nd, from 10 am to 3 pm, followed by an Independence Day Parade at 5 pm.
The 53rd Annual 4th of July Parade down State Street at 1pm hosted by Spirit of 76 Foundation and lots of activities all day near the beachfront hosted by the City of Santa Barbara and SPARKLE and of course fireworks at West Beach at 9 p.m.
The City of Malibu does not host a public fireworks display but the LA County Fire Dept approves permits for private fireworks displays off of barges in the ocean. As of 6/29, permits have been issued for a display on Sat, 7/2 and two displays on Mon, 7/4.
Other Shows in Los Angeles County
Visit safejuly4th.org/fwshows.htm for a detailed list of over 50 fireworks shows planned in Los Angeles County provided as a public service by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.