4th of July Celebrations Kick Off This Weekend

By EGP Staff Report

It’s hard to imagine a 4th of July without the colorful pageantry and loud booms and pops of fireworks, but public safety officials are warning residents that backyard displays are not legal in many cities and parts of Los Angeles County.

Fireworks, even when under the control of experts, can be a fire danger, as well as a potential cause of injury.

To help you prepare for the 4th of July weekend, here are some helpful tips and laws to keep in mind before purchasing or lighting fireworks in your backyard.

The private use of fireworks is illegal in the City of Los Angeles and all of the county’s unincorporated areas, as well as 26 cities serviced by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Bell Garden, Commerce, Montebello and Monterey Park permit the use of “safe and sane” fireworks, which have the State Fire Marshal’s seal, do not explode or leave the ground when ignited. Only fireworks sold at fixed places of business licensed to sell “safe and sane” fireworks are permitted.

Public safety officials, however, recommend attending one of the numerous public family-friendly firework shows and events taking place around the County this holiday weekend.

2012 Free Firework Shows and Festivities in Los Angeles County

Saturday, June 30
4-9pm—5th Annual El Sereno Concert & Fireworks Show and 4th of July Independence Day Parade at El Sereno Park:
4721 Klamath Dr. LA 90032. Fireworks will start at 8:30pm. The parade will start at 2pm on the corner of Huntington Drive and Van Horne Avenue and end at El Sereno Park. Events sponsored by Councilman José Huizar. For more information, call (323) 226-1646.

4-9pm—6th Annual Boyle Heights Concert and Fireworks Show. Come enjoy musical entertainment at 4pm and a spectacular fireworks show starting at 8:30pm at Hollenbeck Park, located at 415 S. Louis St., L.A. 90033. The event is sponsored by Councilman José Huizar. For more information call (323) 342-4140.

Sunday, July 1
12-9:30pm—ArtsFest “Rock the First of July” All Day Celebration and Fireworks Show at East L.A. Civic Center.
Partake in an ArtWalk featuring 40 local artists, the Natural History Museum Sea Mobile, eateries and more all culminating with a fireworks show at 9:15pm. The event will be at 4801 E. Third Street, L.A 90022. For more information call (323) 260-2360 or visit http://lacountyparks.org.

5-9:30pm—3rd Annual Concert in the Park and Fireworks Show in Eagle Rock Park, located at 1100 Eagle Vista Dr. 90041, attend the festivities with free musical entertainment featuring a Beatles Tribute Band, a moon bounce, giveaways, and a nighttime fireworks show hosted by Councilmember Jose Huizar and the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce. For more information call (323) 254-5295.

Tuesday, July 3
6-9pm—Independence Day Pageant at Civic Center Lawn in Norwalk.
Enjoy the pageantry and patriotism of Fourth of July with food, games, music at the Civic Center Lawn in Norwalk located on 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Fireworks start at 9pm sharp. For more information call (562) 929-5702.

Wednesday, July 4
10am—Rosemead Park Independence Day Parade
starting at Valley Blvd. and Bartlett Ave. heading towards Rosemead Park at 4343 Encinita Ave. For more information call (626) 569-2160.

10:30am-4pm—City of Bell Garden’s Fourth of July Family Recreational Swim at the Ford Park Pool at 8000 Park Lane. Enjoy the holiday with a cool swim in the Ford Park Pool along with music, food, games, and more. First 20 guests will receive a prize and a free raffle ticket for even more prizes. For more information call (562) 806-7650.

12-8:30pm—South El Monte’s Healthy Independence Day. Celebrate this Independence Day with great food, a boxing show, live entertainment, and more at New Temple Park located at 1450 Lidcombe Ave. Then view a fireworks show at South El Monte High School at 8:30pm located at 1001 N. Durfee Ave., S. El Monte, 91733.

3pm—Monterey Park’s Annual July 4th festivities kick off with games and contests in the ball diamond outfield, include live musical performances by the Monterey Park Concert Band and the Rudy Macias Band. The festivities will take place at the Barnes Park amphitheatre located at 350 S. McPherrin. For more information call (626) 307-1388 or raguirre@montereypark.ca.gov. Firework display will begin at 9pm.

2-10:30pm—City of Commerce Independence Day Celebration and Carnival at Rosewood Park: 5600 Harbor Street. Join Miss Fourth of July Jannine Mancilla for delicious food, fun games, and live entertainment for all ages. And don’t miss the Community Carnival starting on Independence Day and going through Sunday, July 8. For more information and the Carnival’s hours call Parks and Recreation at (323) 887-4434.

9pm —Free Firework Show at Almansor Park in Alhambra. See the Firework Show from anywhere in the park. Parking is limited, so arrive early. Bring your own picnic baskets with goodies or purchase food from vendors. Almansor Park is located at 800 S. Almansor St., Alhambra, 91804. For more information visit http://cityofalhambra.org.

9pm—Baldwin Park Hosts Free Firework Show at Sierra Vista High School located at 3600 Frazier Ave., Baldwin Park, 91706.

9pm—The City of Pico Rivera will host a Free Firework Show at Smith Park located at 6016 Rosemead Blvd. Parking available at Smith Park, the Senior Center, Salazar Continuation School (Meller) and El Rancho High School. For more information call (562) 801-4430.

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