Jun 27, 2012

Annual Rose Bowl fireworks show will honor veterans

Brenda Gazzar - Pasadena Star News - June 27, 2012

PASADENA - Despite ongoing construction at the Rose Bowl, this year's 86th annual Americafest 2012 will continue the tradition on July 4 with festivities and the largest Independence Day fireworks show in Southern California.

Construction crews will “be working on July 3rd and working on July 5th but precautions are being made, with the fire department and our security making sure everything is safe,” Rose Bowl CEO and General Manager Darryl Dunn said of the $175 million stadium renovation now in its second phase. “For a while, it was touch and go because of construction. After meeting several times, it was determined we can do it in a safe manner and without delaying construction.”

Americafest will pay tribute this year to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The organization is the first and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to its Website.

While the annual Independence Day event usually recognizes those who have served in the military, organizers decided to spotlight the IAVA since its mission goes “hand-in-hand” with Independence Day, Dunn said.

Opening ceremonies are at 7:15 p.m. followed by a motorcycle stunt show, musical performances and guest appearances beginning at 7:25 p.m. A family fun zone will open starting at 2 p.m. outside the stadium.

Members of the active military and three of their family members will be admitted free by showing their current military ID at Rose Bowl Gate B on July 4. Tickets are also being donated to immediate family members of fallen servicemen and women and to the IAVA, Dunn said.

Tickets for the general public are $13 for adults while children 7 and under are free. Parking is $20 per car payable at the parking lots. Tickets are on sale at the Rose Bowl Box office adjacent to Gate B. For more information, call 626-577-3100.

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