Parades marking the 243rd anniversary of the nation’s independence will be held throughout Los Angeles County Thursday, including Pacific Palisades, whose 71st annual Fourth of July Parade will have the theme “May the Fourth Be With You.”

The parade will begin at 2:05 p.m. on Sunset Boulevard at Via de la Paz. Comedian Billy Crystal and his wife Janice will be the grand marshals for the second consecutive year. They are Pacific Palisades’ honorary co-mayors.

The theme of Avalon’s 4th of July Parade is “Making of the Magic Isle: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, Celebrating 100 Years of Wrigleys on Catalina.” The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and be led by the USC Trojan Marching Band.

The parade marks the 100th anniversary of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. buying controlling interest in the Santa Catalina Island Company.

The grand marshals will be Alison Wrigley Rusack and Blanny Avalon Hagenah, great-granddaughters of Wrigley.

Santa Monica’s 13th annual Fourth of July Parade is billed as a celebration of “Lady Liberty & All the Women Making a Difference in Our Community.” It will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Main Street and Pico Boulevard, proceed south on Main Street to Marine Street, then west to Barnard Way.

South Pasadena’s 38th annual Fourth of July Festival of Balloons will have the theme “To the Moon and Beyond — 50 Years of Exploring America’s Freedom.”

The opening ceremony will be held at the South Pasadena Library at 10:30 a.m. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Mission Street and Diamond Avenue, ending in Garfield Park.

Westchester’s 20th annual Fourth of July Parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Loyola Boulevard, heading north from Westchester Park to Loyola Marymount University.

The parade’s theme is “America, Better Together,” which represents “the wonderful melting pot of our country, highlighting our communal spirit and how together we are stronger, more diverse, and a more prosperous nation,” according to the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the parade.

The Valley Village Homeowners Association Fourth of July Parade will begin at Colfax Elementary School at 10 a.m. and end at Valley Village Park.

Sierra Madre’s 4th of July Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Sierra Madre Boulevard and Sunnyside Avenue.

Bud Switzer will be the grand marshal. He has lived in Sierra Madre since he was 10 years old, over 80 years, has been involved with the city’s Boy Scouts troop, is a member of Sierra Madre’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post and was the originating force behind the Halloween festivities on Alegria Avenue, earning him the nickname “Mr. Pumpkin” for his pumpkin carving.

The parade’s grand marshal is a person or persons whose efforts over a long period of time has been beneficial to Sierra Madre.

Rosemead’s 4th of July celebration will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. The parade along Valley Boulevard between Muscatel and Loma avenues will begin at 10 a.m. and end at Rosemead Park.

The Sunland-Tujunga Independence Day parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Foothill Boulevard at Summitrose Street, head west along Foothill Boulevard to Sunland Boulevard. Its theme is “Out of This World!”

San Gabriel’s 4th of July Parade will start at 9 a.m. in Plaza Park, head north on Mission Drive, then east on Broadway, concluding at Smith Park.

The 15th annual Great American Kids’ Bike Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 1 Granada Ave. on the beach bike path in Long Beach.

The Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association 4th of July Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Warner Avenue School. Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz will be the grand marshal, leading the parade in a 1950s Corvette.

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