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In honor of Independence Day, the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale will join forces to present a Fourth of July fireworks celebration at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.

The show is expected to last approximately five hours. It will showcase free entertainment, the Rural Olympic Games, and spectacular fireworks to celebrate Independence Day and the country we call home.

A limited number of grandstand seating tickets will be available. Visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/july4 for a list of locations and events where tickets will be distributed. Seating outside of the grandstand arena is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your own chairs and blankets to ensure you have a seat. Parking information may be found on the website.

“The City of Lancaster is excited to partner with the City of Palmdale to put on a celebratory event for our entire region,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Our community has been eager to take advantage of the warm weather and summer activities, so there is no better way to honor our great country and city than to gather as a community for this fireworks extravaganza.”

“This collaboration between our cities is going to create what will be one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks shows this Valley has ever seen,” said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer. “With this display of pyrotechnical power and color filling the skies, there is absolutely no need and no excuse for anyone to waste their time and money on illegal fireworks that pose a threat to life and property.”

Officials from both cities urge residents to leave the use of fireworks to the professionals. Every year, fires and severe injuries to people and pets are the results of the illegal use of fireworks. The risk of a wildfire is of particular concern during the current drought.

To report illegal fireworks in Lancaster, please call the non-emergency number at the Lancaster Sheriff Station, (661) 948-8466, or the Los Angeles County Fire Department at (888) 654-3473. In Palmdale, call (661) 267-5234.

In Palmdale, “Safe and Sane” fireworks are only allowed in designated areas. For a map of designated areas, visit www.cityofpalmdale.org. All other fireworks are illegal.

For more information about the fireworks show, visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/july4.