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Whether you want to lounge on a blanket gazing at fireworks or bake your little heart out to enter an apple pie contest, cities around the South Bay have multiple ways to celebrate our country's independence.

Sunday, June 30—5th annual Salute to the Troops

Start the holiday week off with a patriotic concert.

The 5th annual Salute to the Troops Picnic and Concert is Sunday, June 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach.

The Satin Dollz, a harmonizing, high energy tap dancing act reminiscent of the World War II USO Camp shows, is performing. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnics to this free event. It's also the first in the series of 2019 Concerts in the Park by the city of Manhattan Beach.

The first 250 veterans and active duty military will receive a free Salute to the Troops Challenge Coin.

Thursday, July 4th—Pool Party at Begg Pool in Manhattan Beach

Spend the early part of July 4th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., splashing around with the family at Begg Pool in Manhattan Beach.

For just $5 per person, enjoy water games, water balloon toss, swimming and music. Bring a picnic to eat on the grassy area, as no food will be provided.

For more information, contact Begg Pool at (310) 802-5428 or the Parks and Recreation Department at (310) 802-5448 or via email

Thursday, July 4th—Village Runner Fourth of July 5K in Redondo Beach

Burn some calories early in the day at the popular Village Runner Fourth of July 5K Run/Walk & Firecracker Dash sponsored by UCLA Health.

The race start at 8 a.m. in front of the Village Runner store in Redondo's Riviera Village.

There are age division awards and cash prizes to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5K and all participants will receive a 4th of July Run t-shirt.

For additional information and registration, call 310-375-2626 or visit the website at http://www.villagerunner.com/4th-of-july-5k/.

The Village Runner is located at 1811-A South Catalina Avenue in Riviera Village in Redondo Beach.

Thursday, July 4th—Fireworks at Seaside Lagoon

Come at 2 p.m. (with tickets) to enjoy hours of supervised swimming at Redondo's iconic Seaside Lagoon. That gives you a front row seat to the fireworks show later that evening. Tickets cost $25 adults/$15 children plus ticketing fees. Visit RBfireworks.ticketleap.com/july4 for reservations.

Bring a blanket, chair, and small umbrella, but no tents. Ruby's Diner will provide a special menu or bring your own food and drink. Alcohol and cooking is prohibited.

Park in the Marina Parking Lot and Pier Garage for a flat fee.

Seaside Lagoon is located at 137 N. Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach.

Thursday, July 4th—Torrance 4th of July Fireworks

Tickets will not be issued for this year's fireworks show at the Torrance Civic Center at 9 p.m. Instead, spectators are welcomed in designated viewing areas on a first-come, first-served basis.

Designated viewing areas are: 

  • Los Angeles County Courthouse Parking Lot (Maple Avenue, north of Torrance Blvd.)
    Grandstand seating is available (first-come/first-served)
  • Toyota Sports Complex synthetic turf field: Gates open at 7 p.m.

To view fireworks from the Toyota complex, bring a blanket and/or a beach chair.

Click here for a map of the Civic Center area, parking and viewing area.

Note that road closures begin at approximately 6 p.m. for these streets:

  • Maple Avenue between Torrance Boulevard and California Street
  • Civic Center Drive between Madrona Avenue and Maple Avenue
  • Maricopa Street at Maple Avenue
  • Madrona Avenue between Torrance Boulevard and Emerald Street
  • Felbar Avenue, Fonthill Avenue, Kornblum Avenue, Teri Avenue, Cranbrook Avenue, and Hickory Avenue will be open to residents only.

Thursday, July 4th—Old-Fashioned Fourth of July in Palos Verdes Estates

This free community event begins at 9:30 a.m. on the fields of Malaga Cove School.

The 58th annual event features Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO of SpaceX as the keynote speaker at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Bakers, come at 8:30 a.m. with your homemade pie if you want to enter the Apple Pie Contest. Kids, decorate your bicycles in red, white and blue and take part in the Patriotic Bicycle Parade. Line up at 9:30 a.m. 

Pack a picnic basket and plan to make a day of it. Enjoy family games, face painting, magic show, patriotic music, food and more.

For more information, visit http://www.pvjuly4.org/index.php.

Everything takes place on the playing fields of Malaga Cove School located at 300 Paseo Del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates.

Thursday, July 4—Rancho Palos Verdes 4th of July Celebration 

If you're in the mood for carnival rides and puppets, spend the day in Point Vicente Park and RPV Civic Center.

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes presents its annual patriotic celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with arts and crafts booths, carnival rides, a petting zoo and the Jim Gamble Puppet Show.

Rancho Caninos Dog Park will be closed during this event.

Admission is free with complimentary shuttle service to and from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center located at 31550 Palos Verdes Drive West. On-site parking will be available on a first come, first-served basis for $7 per vehicle.

Thursday, July 4—Community Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular in El Segundo

Spend the day in Recreation Park in El Segundo with a hula hoop contest, water balloon toss, pie and watermelon eating contest and more.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Stevenson Field, there will be community booths hosting games, selling food and much more! The Recreation Park Playground will be open until 3 p.m. All other areas of the park (except softball/Stevenson) will be closed.

At 5 p.m. you must have a wristband to enter the softball and Stevenson Fields. If you have a 2019 Adult Rec ID card, you can get four wristbands for free. Additional wristbands are $5 each, available through July 3 at the Checkout and Clubhouse facilities. Entry is free for children 2 and under.

The Main Street Band begins at 5 p.m. with Chevron-sponsored fireworks beginning at 9 p.m.

El Segundo resident blanket seating is open at 8-9 a.m. with re-entry beginning at 5 p.m.

For more information, call 310-524-2700 or visit the website at http://elsegundo.org/depts/recreation/special_events/default.asp.

Recreation Park is located at 401 East Sheldon Street in El Segundo.

Contact Lisa Jacobs lisa.jacobs@TBRnews.com or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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