The fourth of July means one thing to a lot of people: fireworks! As area residents can attest, the fireworks in Woodland Hills are particularly spectacular. In fact, the Valley Cultural Center’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza is considered one of the best fireworks displays in southern California.

The Valley Cultural Center was founded in 1975 to help the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation & Parks bring culture and art to the Sam Fernando Valley. From the beginning, it organized and offered free concerts, which are enjoyed by thousands of local residents. The July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza was added to the lineup 16 years ago.

The Fourth of July show draws 60,000 people per year, and includes a free concert and a 20-minute fireworks display. During that display, there will be over 8,000 shots. This year, the L.A. Pierce Symphony Orchestra will be performing. Also known as the Los Angeles Symphonic Winds, they are a 100-piece band that was founded in 1983. They have performed in Canada, Austria and France, and they are one of the most critically acclaimed community bands in the U.S.. The band performs an eclectic mix of contemporary and classical music. Their Fourth of July performance will include works by Copland, Gould and Sousa.

In addition, local businesses will be promoting their goods and services. Visitors will be able to dine at any of 15 local restaurants. Among the restaurants are Morton’s the Steakhouse and the Original Pizza Cookery. The latter has been in business since around the same time as the Valley Cultural Center. There will also be a children’s play area and arts and crafts vendors.

Parking will be available at the Warner Center structures for $20.00. The parking fees will to support the Valley Cultural Center. The Extravaganza lasts from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., and it is free.