365 Things To Do In Palos Verdes – Enjoy Local July 4th Celebrations

Fourth of July 2011 on the Palos Verdes Peninsula will be celebrated again this year at two special public events for Palos Verdes homes owners, each one with its own special twist.

Palos Verdes Estates homes owners will be holding their 50th Annual Independence Day Celebration at Malaga Cove School.  The celebration is an annual community tradition where volunteers work together to provide a day of family fun and renew a sense of appreciation for our independence and freedom.  This year’s Freedom of Heritage Honoree is Lieutenant Colonel Jason Morris, Commanding Officer 3rd Batallion, 5th Marines.  The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Apple Pie Entries being accepted for judging.  These must be homemade and contain apples.  Any age can participate.  Face Painting will also be offered then to get children ready for the big Children’s Patriotic Bicycle Parade which starts at 10:10 a.m.  At 10:15 Jim Gamble will once again entertain with his All American Puppet Show; and at 10:30 a.m. the formal program and awards invocation will begin.  The food for sale is being provided by Palos Verdes Estates Boy Scout Troop 257.  After all the dedication ceremonies, starting at noon will be picnics, family games and patriotic music.  What a way to celebrate this special day!

Malaga Cove School is located at 300 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates.

Rancho Palos Verdes will also host their Annual Independence Day celebration at Point Vicente Park Civic Center located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  They will be filling the day with live music performed by Booner McLellan and the Rhythm Rangers, the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band and Michele Nardone’s violin students. There will be  shopping in the arts and crafts area; and the midway will feature rides and games for children of all ages.  You can also take a helicopter ride to get a birds eye view of the celebration and look at our beautiful coastline.  There also will be pie eating and hula hoop contests, and puppeteer Jim Gamble will also be putting on his famous puppet show.  You may also visit the petting zoo, ride ponies and see the local community booths.  There is also a food court and beer and wine garden.

Admission to the celebration is free, and a complimentary shuttle service will be provided from Ralphs Market and the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. For more information contact the Rancho Palos Verdes Receation and Parks Dept. at (310) 544-5260.

Fireworks can be seen in the evening off the Coast of Torrance Beach on a Barge at 9:00 p.m.  Torrance is one of several local cities that have had to cancel their fireworks because of lack of funding, so make sure you come to the beach early to get a spot.  Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro will also be continuing their fireworks show at 9:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes City Hall

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