La Jolla’s 2012 July 4th festivities a go!


The booming brilliance of La Jolla’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show has survived another year of legal wrangling, and patriotic-minded picnickers will begin claiming their turf at Ellen Browning Scripps Park and Kellogg Park in La Jolla Shores as early as 5 a.m. next Wednesday. The 20-minute pyrotechnics spectacular begins at 9 p.m. with patriotic musical accompaniment broadcast from the roof of the La Jolla Cove Suites.

La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation Director Deborah Marengo suggests people arrive early. Coast Boulevard will be closed two hours prior the event for latecomers who wish to stand or view the display from lawn chairs.

Viewing party:

A fundraising dinner to benefit the fireworks foundation and La Jolla Elementary School will be held on the roof of the La Jolla Cove Suites, and includes a DJ and traditional Fourth of July fare such as chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and salads. The event will include a no-host bar. Tickets: $65 for adults; $40 for children, at or (858) 459-2621.


Paid parking is available at local garages and lots with available space for $5 to $20. Paid parking areas include those at 1200 Prospect St., 888 Prospect St., the Prudential Building at 1299 Prospect St., Coast Walk garage at 1298 Prospect St., the open lot at 1251 Cave St., the Union Bank lot at the corner of Herschel Avenue and Silverado Street, Bank of America at 5680 Girard Ave., and Regents Bank at 875 Prospect St.


The fireworks show costs about $27,000 to produce, from pyrotechnics and permits to security and porta-potties, Marengo said. To date, the foundation has received about $22,000.

Those wishing to donate to the festivities can call Marengo at (858) 459-3769 or visit where they can make a credit card payment via PayPal. Each donor of $100 or more will receive a free fireworks T-shirt.