Independence Celebration July 3 at Regional Park
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Since: Jun 07
#1 Jul 3, 2007
The schedule of events is the following:
* 4:15 p.m. Water Balloon Toss
* 4:30 p.m. Bruce Springsteen Tribute
* 4:45 p.m. Sack Races
* 5:15 p.m. Hula Hoop Contest
* 5:45 p.m. Pie Eating Contest
* 6:00 p.m. Kulayd Performance
* 6:15 p.m. Three Legged Race
* 6:45 p.m. Watermelon Eating Contest
* 7:15 p.m. Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
* 7:30 p.m. Kelly Rae Performance
* 7:45 p.m. Bobbing for Apples
* 8:40 p.m. Patriotic Program
* Dusk Fireworks display
“Bow Chika Wow Wow!”
Since: Feb 07
So Cal, O.C.
#2 Jul 3, 2007
Cool! Thank you!
Since: Jun 07
#3 Jul 5, 2007
LA MIRADA - When the fireworks went off Tuesday at the city's annual July 3 Independence Day celebration, there was one person who didn't get to see the excitement.
It was Steve Hosmanek of Durham, N.C., who was in charge of a seven-person crew that set up the show and then set them off.
Hosmanek was too busy helping set the charges off and then watching each shell explode to ensure there were duds and no problems.
"You don't get to see the show," Hosmanek said while setting the charges up. "I have make sure they all go up and explode."
For Hosmanek, 80, this was his 50th year of running these large-scale fireworks shows, but his first at La Mirada.
His crew arrived at about
10 a.m. at the La Mirada High softball diamond where the fireworks were launched and were not expected to leave until nearly midnight.
Hosmanek was hired by Pyro Spectaculars of Rialto. That company also is in its first year at La Mirada.
About 15,000 people were at La Mirada Regional Park to watch the show.
The city decided to spend more money this year,$12,000 vs.$8,000 in 2006, in part because Biola University funded $10,000 of the cost as part of its ongoing 100th anniversary celebration.
But they also wanted a better show, said Vanessa Ivie, community service manager for La Mirada.
"Most of the big fireworks shows have dead time," Ivie said. "We wanted to fill it up and keep the show more exciting."
The show included an expected 365 shells, ranging from 2<MD+,%30,%55,%70>1/< MD-,%0,%55,%70>2 inches to 4 inches, including 90 for the finale.
There was more than a fireworks show for the crowd - many of whom arrived early in the afternoon.
There was food - from cappucino to meatball sandwiches - sold by nonprofit groups, games put on by the city and entertainment, including a Bruce Springsteen tribute band.
People also came just to relax and be with friends and family.
"It's a good time and there's a good atmosphere," said Aaron Liberto of La Mirada.
#4 Aug 31, 2013
They jacked me off last night, and boy oh boy, they saw those fireworks.
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