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 24th 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 are now available below (via Eventbrite) with advance-sale and "Family Pack" providing special savings! In late June, tickets will also be available at local Ventura area VONS stores! Tickets can also be purchased at the event gates.
The fireworks show and family picnic culminates a patriotic day of community celebration here in Ventura, beginning with the children's Pushem - Pullem Parade on Main St. and the annual downtown Street Fair. For information on those events, click here.
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 and the Ventura Auto Center. Thank you sponsors! (See full list below)
The picnic entertainment will include a robotics demonstration with giveaways, and great live music by the band Soul Infusion with special guest and American Idol season 2 finalist Bettis Richardson!
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 will be a “Sky Concert” featuring over 3,000 firework effects finely choreographed to a patriotic and 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”!
Tickets will be available starting early June for online purchase. You can print ticket at home or show it on your phone. BEST VALUE "Family Packs" will be available online ONLY - and only until 5pm on July 4th!
Individual adult & child tickets will be sold at Ventura area VONS grocery stores (starting in late June ) at pre-sale rates: $6 adult ticket, $4 child ticket (4-12 years). Single tickets are available at VONS (no Family Packs, but no fees either!)
Tickets are available at each entrance gate the night 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 14 years! We strive to keep this event affordable and enjoyable for Ventura's families!
Please help us to recognize and thank these community leaders!
This annual community celebration would not be possible without the support of sponsors. The simple truth is that ticket sales alone does not come close to covering the event costs. So please join the Ventura Rotary Club in thanking these organizations and businesses for their critical support!
Foremost is our presenting sponsor, Community Memorial Health System, which will once again be providing free professional face painting and glow sticks at their tent! Thank you CMHS! You docs really rock! The Ventura Auto Center and Hofer Properties continue to drive us wild with their generous support. Thank you Ventura Auto Center! Other major sponsors include Aera Energy, Ventura Water, and Ventura Environmental Sustainability.
We also recognize Bill & Elise Kearney, Mission Bank, California Resources Corp., Pacific Western Bank, Rasmussen and Associates, Montecito Bank & Trust, Concours Motors, and Asian Autotech of Ventura for their generous support. Big thanks also go to CBC Federal Credit Union, Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Myers Widders Gibson Jones & Feingold LLP, the Crown Plaza Hotel, Case Realty, Kipp Financial, Sauer Braime & Moss CPAs, Steve Bradvica CPA, Team Dembowski Real Estate, and SC Lending Group.
Special thanks also go to our site hosts, the fantastic team at Ventura College!
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 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 both 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 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, the paying attendee, and by the sponsors. Any net proceeds from the event go directly back into the community in the form of local Rotary programs and Rotary's 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 pre-sale rate) here online 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 24 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!