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THOUSANDS THRONG TO OOH AND AAH AT VALLEY FIREWORKS.



Byline: Lisa Van Proyen Daily News Staff Writer

Thousands celebrated Independence Day in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
 on Friday with food, magic and what else - fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
fireworks

Explosives or combustibles used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles and accompanied the spread of military explosives westward to
.

``It's part of the Fourth of July Fourth of July, Independence Day, or July Fourth, U.S. holiday, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Celebration of it began during the American Revolution.  to see the fireworks show,'' said Ruth Eiermann, who attended the Fourth of July festivities fes·tiv·i·ty  
n. pl. fes·tiv·i·ties
1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.

2. The pleasure, joy, and gaiety of a festival or celebration.

3.
 at Valley College in Van Nuys. ``America means freedom.''

Though generations apart, Michael Infantado, 11, shared Eiermann's thoughts.

``It's about America. It's about people being free. That's what I think,'' the boy said of Independence Day, as he strolled around food booths, adorned in his flashy 4-foot-high balloon hat at the community college.

``I also think it's fun with the things you get to do . . . I've seen magic, gone to booths and we got balloons,'' he said.

To others, the holiday simply meant a day off from work and staking out a shady spot under a tree to indulge in a long nap and partaking in a traditional family picnic of fried chicken Fried chicken is chicken which is dipped in a breading mixture and then deep fried, pan fried or pressure fried. The breading seals in the juices but also absorbs the fat of the fryer, which is sometimes seen as unhealthy. , cole slaw slaw  
n. Chiefly Southern U.S.
Coleslaw.

Noun 1. slaw - basically shredded cabbage
coleslaw

salad - food mixtures either arranged on a plate or tossed and served with a moist dressing; usually consisting of
 and chips until the grand show began.

``It's better than being locked inside the house. It's so hot,'' said Susan Figueroa, who lives nearby the college campus, where temperatures reached 97 degrees Friday.

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 of Glendale was forced to break her 20-year-long tradition of heading to Pierce College In 2006 the Library won a national Excellence award. Academics
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 in Woodland Hills for its annual show after the college president and its council decided to end the fireworks display.

``This was the closest one,'' she said of the celebration at Valley College.

Pierce College decided to end the fireworks shows after the public became outraged last year over first-time ($10 adults, $5 for children and seniors) charges to view the fireworks both, from the stadium and on college grounds outside the stadium last year.

Last year's show was met with widespread resentment, some crowd and traffic-control problems, including groups of angry gate-crashers. Plus, Pierce officials said they spent tens of thousands of dollars in previous years to clean up and repair property damage by vandals.

On Friday, Sandy Lupercio said she was refreshed to see officers enforcing no alcohol and gangbangers at Valley College.

``It's clean. There's no gangs, who take advantage of every celebration,'' the mother of two said, as she watched a parrot playing dead during a bird show.

Many in the crowd were pleased that the event at Valley College was free of charge - thanks to Gene Waldman, the event chairman for the celebration at his alma mater. When he heard Pierce would be without one - he sought help from local companies to sell food to help raise funds for the activities.

The Daily News was among the sponsors of the Valley College event.

Other donors included Granny Goose Granny Goose is the name of a brand of potato chips and other snack foods.

Its logo and mascot, also named Granny Goose, is an anthropomorphic cartoon goose. In a series of television commercials, the company's spokesperson, who self-identified as "Granny Goose", was
 potato chips, Los Angeles Party Rents, Pepsi, Horace Heidt Estates, and Laura Bell Productions.

Thousands of others attended other fireworks shows in the Valley, including those at the Recreation Park in the city of San Fernando and at Cal State Northridge, which hosted carnival rides, musical performances, games and sky divers.
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Date:Jul 5, 1997
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