this joyous event is spread across several acres of beautiful lawn at the Ventura College Athletic Fields, and includes a spectacular fireworks show, live music, food vendors, a Kids Fun Zone, and what we like to call 'the friendliest hometown picnic in America'!
Now in its 23rd year, the Ventura 4th of July Fireworks Show & Family Picnic is presented by the Ventura Rotary Club, and 100% of the event net proceeds benefit charitable community programs right here in Ventura!
Gates open at 5 pm. Fireworks show begins at approximately 9 pm. You may bring picnic items, including blankets, soft folding chairs, coolers and food. Small umbrellas are allowed, however pop-ups and large umbrellas are not allowed. Please remember: No glass. No alcohol. No pets. (See FAQs below for more details.) Tickets will be available here online starting in June!
because this day is sure to be a blast! The Kids Zone will have several bounce houses and GIANT inflatable attractions, plus organized games for kids to enjoy. Several food trucks and cart vendors will be serving up sweet treats and seriously good eats!
This year will be extra-special thanks to the dedication of our volunteers and the generosity of our event sponsors; notably, Community Memorial Health System, the Ventura Auto Center, and Hofer Properties. Thank you sponsors! (See full list below) The picnic entertainment will include a DJ, robotics demonstration with giveaways, and great live music!
The fireworks show is custom designed for us by the California-based award-winning experts at Pyro Spectaculars! Much more than a prepackaged show shipped from China and roughly set to music, this “Sky Concert” will feature over 3,000 firework effects finely choreographed to a contemporary musical mix. You can expect many “oos” and “ahs” and a front seat to an incredible fireworks show – oops, or should we say, “Sky Concert”!
Beginning in June, tickets will be sold at Eventbrite. You can then print ticket at home or show it on your phone. Pre-sale tickets are $6 adult, $4 child (4-12 years). BEST VALUE "Family Packs" are available online ONLY .
Beginning around June 24th, tickets can be purchased at Ventura area VONS grocery stores at pre-sale rates: $6 adult, $4 child (4-12 years). Single tickets only are available at VONS.
Tickets are available at each entrance gate the day of the event at standard rates of $8 adult, $6 child (4-12 years). Single tickets only at gate. Children 3 and under are FREE!
Did you know? Ticket prices have not changed in over 12 years! We strive to keep this event affordable and enjoyable for Ventura's families!
This community celebration would not be possible without the support of sponsors! We are currently seeking sponsors for the 2017 event! If your business is interested in supporting this event and gaining valuable community recognition, please drop us a line via the response form at the bottom of this page. Thank you!
For the stellar 2016 event, our “Big Bang” presenting sponsor, Community Memorial Health System, will once again be providing free professional face painting and glow sticks at their tent! Thank you CMHS! Please join us in giving thanks to these wonderful businesses and organizations: Ventura Auto Center and Hofer Properties, CBC Federal Credit Union, Ventura Water, Bill & Elise Kearney, California Resources Corp., Kipp Financial Group, Rasmussen and Associates, Norman Dowler LLP, Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Myers Widders Gibson Jones & Feingold LLP, Irene Henry State Farm, and Sespe Consulting. We also appreciate the in-kind support and partnership of Gold Coast Broadcasting, EJ Harrison, Hilford Moving & Storage, Sunbelt Rentals, Surfside Prints, and Ventura-area Vons stores. Finally, extra special thanks to our incredible hosts, the beautiful Ventura College!
(These FAQs are for the 2016 event and subject to change. Stay tuned.)
What are my parking options at the event?
Free parking is available at Ventura College's three main lots. The large West lot (off Loma Vista), the South lot (off Telegraph), and the large East lot (corner of Day Rd. and Telegraph). These lots will fill up! If parking in the East lot, please walk along the Telegraph Road sidewalk and then walk right at Campus Way -- please do NOT walk through the college complex which is off limits and is patrolled. There is also street parking in the area.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
You can bring a picnic, including food, coolers, drinks (in plastic or aluminum), blankets and soft folding chairs. Small umbrellas are allowed, however pop-ups and large umbrellas are not allowed. You can bring games and activities like hula hoops and Frisbees. You can bring your dancing shoes and positive attitude. Food trucks and vendors will be available. BBQs and stoves are NOT allowed. NO glass. NO alcohol. NO pets. And, of course, no fireworks since all forms of fireworks are illegal in the City of Ventura. (Don't worry, we have special permits;)
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can reach us via the "Contact us" form below or drop a private message on our Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/VenturaFireworks
Is my registration/ticket transferable?
Yes, your ticket is good for admission for the holder of the ticket. IDs/names are not checked. Also, the "Family Packs" are good for the indicated number of admissions, however all persons must enter the gate together. (For example, if you arrive at the gate with a "Family 5 Pack" ticket, 5 persons may enter at that time.) Children ages 3 and under are FREE. There is NO re-admittance after exiting the event (NO in-out privileges.)
Do I have to print my online ticket at home and bring to the event?
You may either bring your printed ticket or, save paper and ink, and simply have the ticket's barcode displayed on your mobile phone or tablet for scanning at the gate.
What is the refund policy?
There are no refunds. All ticket sales are final.
Why do you charge an entry fee for this event?
This event is not funded by the City or the College, though they are gracious and invaluable partners in working with us! It is put on by a 100% volunteer staff spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Ventura. Tickets sales normally do NOT cover the hard costs of putting on the event (a first-class fireworks show isn't cheap and, well, the port-a-potties don't magically appear and disappear on their own!) So the event is really made possible by you and the sponsors. Any net proceeds form the event go directly back into the community in the form of support for many charitable and community programs. For example, the 2015 fireworks show helped to support the Coats for Kids project, helped the Boys & Girls Club get a new van, assisted local food pantry programs, pitched in to the Phoenix Scholarships at Ventura College, and assisted other programs too! So please know that your ticket purchase not only makes the event possible, it also supports your community. Thank you!
The event takes place on the Ventura College Athletic Fields, located on the west end of campus. The address for Ventura College is 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, CA 93003. Gates open at 5 pm. The fireworks show begins at approximately 9 pm. Tickets can be bought in advance (at lower presale rate) online here or at local VONS stores. Tickets are also sold at the entrance gate.
Do you have a question about the Rotary Club of Ventura or the 4th of July Fireworks Show & Family Picnic at Ventura College? Drop us a line via this form:
Founded in 1919, the Ventura Rotary Club (also known as the Downtown Rotary) has a long history of service both to the local community and the world in the form of humanitarian projects. We are proud to bring you Ventura's 4th of July Fireworks celebration for the past 23 years!
Rotary's motto is "Service Above Self", and our Club of more than 100 business professionals and civic leaders works hard to embody this motto and make a difference in our community.
We meet each Wednesday at the Derby Club starting at 12 pm. If you would like to learn more or get involved, please come join us one week!