Culver City Edition

West L.A. College to host fireworks show

CULVER CITY — West Los Angeles College will again host the Culver City Exchange Club’s 50th annual July 4 Fireworks Show.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the fireworks begin at dusk. The college’s baseball field will be used as the viewing site with residents invited to bring blankets to sit and relax on.

Carnival games, gourmet food trucks and a drawing tent will be in the adjacent parking lot.

“This will be our 50th year of bringing this family-friendly celebration to Culver City,” said event Co-Chair Xavier Nuques. “People who first came as kids will be arriving with their kids or even their grandkids.” Garden State Fireworks — one of the country’s oldest family-owned fireworks companies — will produce the show.

The suggested admission donation is $5 per person. Parking is $10 and limited. To encourage carpooling, the maximum admission donation for four or more guests in a single vehicle is $20 plus the parking fee. That means a car with six passengers will pay only $30, not $40.

Commercial vans, buses and mini-buses are excluded from the car pool deal. Guests can catch the Culver City bus to the event, which will be running on a holiday schedule.

Adding to the festive atmosphere will be a special kids zone with carnival games and a drawing with grand prizes including a big screen TV, an aerial tour of Los Angeles and a week-long luxury stay in Las Vegas.

As in past years, guests will be able to sample the fare of more than a dozen gourmet food trucks. Guests may bring picnic baskets, blankets and low chairs.

Tents and umbrellas along with pets, alcoholic beverages and smoking all are prohibited.  Limited seating and handicapped parking are available.

Live entertainment will feature the New Directions for Vets Choir — a finalist on TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” Comprised of formerly homeless and addicted veterans, the choir will also sing the national anthem as an all veteran’s color guard raises the nation’s flag. Starting at 6 p.m., Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps will entertain the crowd with their original music.

Among the food trucks scheduled to be on hand are the Surfer Taco, the Carnival Truck, Slammin’ Sliders, A Rockin’ Ice, Mikey’s Tacos, Hang Ten Taco, the Garbage Truck, Angie’s Weiners, the Recess Truck, Boba Ni Taco, Cousins Maine Lobsters, Dogtown Dogs, Paradise Cookies, Santa Maria Barbecue, the Berlin Truck and CJ’s Wings.

Proceeds from the event will be used to help to combat child abuse and to support local youth programs including college scholarships for deserving students.

Some of the other programs support by the event are the YMCA, the Culver Youth Health Center and “Backpacks for Kids,” a program that provides supplemental weekend food and nutrition to children from needy families.