What you should know
- Every evening until Tuesday July 6th
- Sunset until 12:30 p.m.
- Watched for free on Pacific Wheel Live Cam
Have you heard the news of a spectacular after-dark spectacle on July 4th, the kind of light-in-the-night display that shows the fourth-tastic symbols, patterns and also red, white and blue?
You will probably first suspect that it is pyrotechnics, the sky-bursting flowers that “bloom” during a traditional fireworks show.
But there is another evening extravaganza in Southern California, one that is brimming with dazzling sights that twinkle far above our heads, but are entirely free of fireworks in their entirety.
We’re talking about the show that shimmers off the side of the 9-story Pacific Wheel, the acclaimed solar-powered attraction in Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier.
And on July 4, 2021, and July 5 and 6, a 90-foot American flag will “wave” on the side of the massive voyage.
Also, look for “colors, patterns, and transitions” that pay tribute to the holiday that marked the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
It’s one of the few regional July 4th commemorations that sparkles past July 4th when you’re not in or around Santa Monica on Independence Day.
Of course, you can see the sizeable spectacle by watching the attraction’s live cam, which tracks every lit moment at the difficult-to-miss target.
Everything starts at sunset, around 8:09 p.m., with a conclusion at half past eleven.
Add some extra pomp to the Pacific Wheel’s patriotic presentation?
The attraction’s 174,000 LED lights that light up the large-format flag and all of the classic holiday colors really stand out against the night sky, even for a night owl looking at the sparkling scene from a few blocks away.
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