As independence day celebrations kicked off yesterday, service and volunteering delivered a successful 13th annual Crescenta Valley Fireworks Assn. spectacular Thursday at Crescenta Valley High School amid fireworks bursting in the air, food trucks, games, music, bounce houses and waves of spectators draped in red, white and blue.
State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) emceed the Fourth of July event, which included Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale).
Jean Maluccio, secretary of the Crescenta Valley Fireworks Assn., was also celebrating the completion of a yearlong process.
Her “small 10-person” nonprofit group successfully raised approximately $45,000 for the event, which included renting tables and chairs and paying for fireworks.
“We depend heavily on donations and help from community businesses and charities,” Maluccio said.