food stands (including Subway sandwiches and Domino's pizza) and live
music from the band Swing Incorporated.
Of course the party can't end without fireworks, scheduled for 9:15
p.m. over the high school's football field. Pyrotechnist Chuck Hughes,
who operated the show from 1995 to 1999, said the La Crescenta fireworks
show is about four times larger than the average small town show, with
residents from as far as Lancaster traveling to see it. This year's
pyrotechnist will be Robert Hutchins.
For more than 40 years now, the Sunland-Tujunga Rotary Club has
organized its Fourth of July community parade. All residents are welcome
to enter the parade with anything from baby carriages to antique cars.
Local politicians including state Sen. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale) and
Assemblyman Jack Scott (D-La Crescenta) are expected to take part.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. today at the corner of Mt. Gleason Avenue
and Foothill Boulevard and will work its way toward Sunland Park, where
an outdoor all-day party will be waiting.
Rotary Club President Joe Eiben said the park festivities will include
food vendors, a moon bounce for kids and live music bands. The
Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce also plans to open a 25-year-old
community time capsule. Thanks to local business sponsorship, the parade
and park festivities are free of charge.
The park party ends at 5 p.m., plenty of time to get to a twilight
fireworks show at Verdugo High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. for live
music and food vendors. Adults are $6, children 5-12 $5, and kids under 5
In Burbank, the big event tonight will be the "All-American
Celebration" at the Starlight Bowl. Burbank's Parks and Recreation has
planned a night of live music and fireworks to entertain the public.
Gates open at the amphitheater at 6 p.m. for those who are planning an
evening picnic. Then at 6:30, music bands including The Jokesters, The
Alley Cats and Fife & Drum Trio take the stage. Headlining the show will
be The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra and Bill's Lucky Stars. The fireworks
are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
IF YOU GO
For ticket information about local events, call the phone numbers
listed below: * For the Crescenta Valley High fireworks show, call the
Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce at 248-4957.
* For the Starlight Bowl event in Burbank, call the Burbank Parks and
Recreation Department at 525-3721.
* For the Verdugo High fireworks show, call the Sunland-Tujunga
Chamber of Commerce at 352-4433.
* To enter the Rotary Club parade, or for more information about the
Sunland Park event, call Joe Eiben at 353-5514.