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Fourth of July in Southern California: Your guide to fireworks, events

July 04, 2012

Southern California is in for a mild, sunny July 4th, with highs in the 70s at the beaches and 80s inland, the National Weather Service said.

Weather specialist Bonnie Bartling said the only hitch could be clouds that move in and out at the beaches starting around 6 p.m., making fireworks along the coast a little hard to see from a distance. 

MAP: Where to see Fourth of July fireworks

“Historically, it sort of gets icky when it’s time for the fireworks if they’re at the beach,” Bartling said. “But then you have sulfur in the air anyway, so it looks like clouds.”

Bartling said the afternoon should be clear, and she has a simple message for those with plans to celebrate America’s birthday.

“Go for it,” she said. “The temperatures are reasonable temperatures. We can’t help that people are spoiled in California.”

Fourth of July celebrations kick off Saturday with a 10 p.m. show at the Hollywood Bowl in the Hollywood Hills, which follows a Hall & Oates concert.

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"SAFE AND SANE" ALLOWED: Alhambra, Artesia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Carson, Commerce, Compton, Cudahy, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, Gardena, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Mirada, La Puente, Lakewood, Lawndale, Lynwood, Maywood, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palmdale, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, San Gabriel, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, South Gate and Temple City.

NO FIREWORKS ALLOWED: All unincorporated communities, Agoura Hills, Arcadia, Avalon, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Burbank, Calabasas, Cerritos, Claremont, Covina, Culver City, Diamond Bar, El Segundo, Glendale, Glendora, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, La Cañada Flintridge, La Habra Heights, La Verne, Lancaster, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Monrovia, Palos Verdes Estates, Pasadena, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Marino, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, Signal Hill, South Pasadena, Torrance, Vernon, Walnut, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westlake Village and Whittier.

— Matt Stevens and Allan James Vestal, Los Angeles Times 

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