4th of July

Fireworks exploded near the La Crescenta Elementary School playground last 4th of July. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer / July 4, 2011)

Good morning and happy 4th of July, readers. If you haven't decided where to see fireworks tonight, the Valley has a few prime spots.

On Radford Avenue, the Studio City Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 14th annual Festival of Fireworks. Admission is a little pricey ($20) considering you can't bring in your own beverages. VIP tickets go for $100. It all depends on how much you love America. Studio City Patch

Deeper in the Valley, the Valley Cultural Center is hosting a show at Woodland Hills' Warner Center Park. Live music begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks will shoot off around 9 p.m. L.A. City Councilman Dennis P. Zine, who represents the area, is a main sponsor. Woodland Hills Patch

La Crescenta Elementary School will open their gates at 4 p.m. for their annual show. Tickets are $10 in person. Glendale News-Press

The holiday usually spurs pool parties, but Burbank is having a dry summer. Renovation is underway on the Verdugo Park pool, slated to be competed by next April. For now, residents have to deal with a bare slab of concrete and the loss of parking. Burbank Leader

Want to buy a dog or cat from a retail pet shop in Glendale? You only have until September, when a ban on selling the animals is scheduled to go into effect. But officials say they will conduct extensive outreach with stores to ease the transition. Glendale News-Press

Amelia Earhart lived in North Hollywood in the 1930s, and a statue sits in a park to remind residents of her legacy. But no one has been able to figure out what happened to the aviator after she disappeared in the South Pacific in 1937. A team heading to Hawaii thinks they have it figured out. Daily News

If you're taking public transit today, Metro buses and trains will run on a holiday schedule. See a timetable here.

Now go have a pie.

-- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News

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