July marked by fireworks, food, fun!

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July marked by  fireworks, food, fun!By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL

The skies light up in July as we observe the birth of our glorious nation, and our eyes light up in expectation of feasting and fun, as you will read in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California.

To the northwest, visit Mendocino County for the “World’s Largest Salmon BBQ,” held each year on the first Saturday in July, this year on July 7. Eat, listen to music and enjoy the afternoon on Noyo Harbor. Profits go to protecting salmon populations on the Northern California Coast (visitmendocino.com).

In San Francisco, experience the Sea Lion Center at PIER 39 and free screenings of the award-winning documentary “STRAWS” about plastic pollution, every summer through Monday, Sept. 3. On Wednesday, July 4, PIER 39 delivers spectacular pyrotechnics and live entertainment (www.pier39.com/events; 415-705-5500).

For further delights under the stars, Robert Mondavi Summer Series concerts take place every Saturday evening through July 28 in an intimate courtyard setting in Oakville, Napa Valley. Bring your own picnic, invest in a luxe dinner or turn to vendors Cousins Lobster, Vintage Sweet Shoppe and Ben& Jerry’s (www.robertmondaviwinery.com/about-the-series; 888-766-6328).

Switching gears, head down below to Los Angeles from Wednesday-Sunday, July 4-8, for Anime Expo 2018. The annual celebration of Japanese pop culture brings fans and industry together in the Los Angeles Convention Center (www.anime-expo.org).

On Independence Day, try Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium and the 92nd annual AmericaFest for the Family Fun Zone, American Idol winner Maddie Poppe, a Michael Jackson Tribute Sing-A-Long and fireworks (www.rosebowlstadium.com; 626-577-3100).

To the south on July 4, see more you-know-what. The Port of San Diego will ignite the heavens over San Diego Bay with the largest fireworks display in the country. Online, go to www.san-diego-beaches-and-adventures.com, site of a San Diego fireworks schedule and Google maps to the best July 4 parades, picnics, and parties in San Diego County, as well as information on SeaWorld fireworks, Legoland fireworks and Disneyland fireworks during the summer, holidays, and most weekends at Disneyland. Legoland’s “Red, White, and Boom!” adds water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races, and LEGO Hamburger relay (www. legoland.com).

Also in San Diego, the Old Globe in Balboa Park presents the U.S. premiere of the critically acclaimed “Dr. Seuss and the Lorax” most days Monday, July 2, to Sunday, Aug. 12 (theoldglobe.org; 619-234-5623); across town at the San Diego Convention Center from Thursday through Sunday, July 19-22, San Diego becomes the center of the pop culture universe during Comic-Con International, America’s longest continuously run comics and popular arts convention (www.comic-con.org).

Closer to home: The Tehachapi Treasure Trove offers classes, workshops, after-school kids’ art and events from all-media open studios to music, food, and wine (tehachapitreasuretorve.com; 661-822-6794); and get a jump on Independence Day fireworks on Saturday, June 30, over Lake Isabella at about 9:30 p.m.

Story First Published: 2018-06-29