SMC’s Independence Day festivities are held early each year. The free spectacular fireworks and entertainment of “Celebrate America” — Santa Monica College’s popular star-spangled salute to our nation’s independence — to be held Saturday, June 27.

The celebration — the only one of its kind in Santa Monica — will feature a dazzling fireworks show by Rialto-based Pyro Spectaculars. Entertainment includes the popular Derek Bordeaux Group playing a mix of Motown classics, Jazz, R&B, and Blues standards, with Eddie Jauregui as Master of Ceremonies.

Held on Corsair Field, the festivities will also feature community service booths and food trucks. Picnicking is welcome, but alcoholic beverages, glass containers, barbecues, fireworks (including sparklers), and chairs with pointed legs are prohibited. SMC is a smoke-free campus and allsmoking is prohibited.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with entertainment at 7 p.m. and the fireworks at 9 p.m. The event is free (donations are welcome), and parking is just $5. Go to the Celebrate America websiteor call (310) 434-3001 for additional details.

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