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Suzan Hughes is footing the bill for the Independence Day spectacular. Submitted photo
Scott Steepleton, Editor
3:01 pm PDT July 1, 2021

Malibu Colony resident Suzan Hughes will be lighting up the night sky on July 4 with a fireworks show she hopes will wipe from people’s minds the past year or so.

The comedian, actress and philanthropist secured a permit from Los Angeles County to put on a 21-minute Independence Day spectacular from a barge that will be located off Surfrider Beach.

Weather permitting, the show gets underway at 9:05 p.m. Sunday.

“I wanted it to be visible from wherever you have access to the ocean,” she told Surfside News. “You can see it from the mountains. You can see it from as far away as Santa Monica.”

“I want it for everybody,” she added. “People have been suffering.”

This year marks the return of activities meant to commemorate the day in 1776 that the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in which the original 13 colonies unanimously declared their independence from Great Britain.

“We live in the greatest country in the world,” said Hughes. And fireworks make the celebration of our nation special.

“We didn't have them last year,” said Hughes. “Last year was very, very difficult for everyone”

“This year we’re thankful we don't have to wear masks outside. We're in a much much better place than last year,” she continued.

And for 21 minutes on Sunday, Suzan Hughes hopes we’ll be in a happier place.

“I just want to send some joy … and erase from their minds the one year that we couldn’t have fireworks. There are certain traditions you try to keep in the forefront, and this is one of them.”