2pm—Grand Park 4th of July Block Party and Fireworks Show in downtown Los Angeles. The free event will take place on all four blocks of the park located between the Music Center and Los Angeles City Hall-from Grand Street Avenue to Spring Street and is appropriate for all ages. The Block Party will also include world music performances by Ethio Cali and Jungle Fire, a featured performance by La Santa Cecilia, along with DJ sets by Anthony Valadez of KCRW-FM (89.9) and a poetry slam. A light show spectacle, “Pyro Goes Boom!” — combining light, projections, pyrotechnics and music — will begin at 9 p.m. Food will be available from food trucks. Outside food and beverages are permitted and picnics encouraged, but alcohol, and chairs & tables from the outside are not allowed. Music begins at 3pm: lightshow spectacle at 9pm. Ride Metro’s Red or Purple Line to the Civic Center/Grand Park station, located right in the middle of the park. For further information, visit http://grandparkla.org/ or call 213-972-8080.
Noon-9pm—Fourth of July Celebration at Almansor Park in Alhambra. Event includes food vendors and a “penny carnival” with picnic games and local entertainment at 6pm followed by Beach Boys tribute band “Surfin Safari.” A 26-minutes long fireworks spectacular close the show at 9pm. The park is located at 700 N. Almansor, Alhambra, 91804. For more information visit http://cityofalhambra.org.
2-10:30pm—The City of Commerce locks off three-day 4th of July Carnival Celebration at Rosewood Park. Event includes a 5k run at 8am & official ceremony at 3pm with Commerce’s Miss Fourth of July, Daniela Gomez. A Fireworks Show will be held today, the 4th of July at 9pm. All three days of the carnival will also include rides, games, food, live music. Admission is free, but there is a charge for ride & game tickets and food. Rosewood Park is located at 5600 Harbor St., Commerce.
3-9pm—“America We Love You,” Monterey Park’s Annual July 4th Celebration & Fireworks Show at the Barnes Park Amphitheatre. Bring your lawn chair, picnic basket, ice chest and enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, arts, crafts and games for the kids and the annual spectacular fireworks show at 9 pm. Musical entertainment & fireworks show are free, food is nominally priced. Barnes Park is located at 350 S. McPherrin. For more information call (626) 307-1388 or search for “Fourth of July” on the city website at www.ci.monterey-park.ca.us.
3pm—The Los Angeles Coliseum’s pre-fireworks shows will include kids’ activities, music and giveaways, topped of by a fireworks display scheduled for 9pm. The Coliseum is located at 3911 S. Figueroa St., and can be easily accessed via Metro Expo Line, visit www.metro.net for more travel information,
5:30pm—Metro July 4 Art Tour Leads to Fireworks, Great Food, Special Discounts. The first of three free summer artist-led walking tours (first Thursday of the month) will end at Grand Park and The Music Center’s 4th of July Block Party event (see above). Tour covers stories from local artists about their artworks. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, northeast corner of Figueroa and 7th Street. Limited space; first come first served. For more information visit metro.net/art and click on Art Tours or call (213) 922-4ART.
6-9pm—City of Pico Rivera 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at El Rancho High School: 6501 S. Passons Blvd. Parking and admission is free. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Bleacher seating available or bring lawn chair or blanket. Live entertainment begins at 7pm with Soulicious, a Motown tribute band. Food items and beverages will be available for purchase. Fireworks spectacular show begins at 9pm. For more information, call (562) 801-4430.
6:30pm—4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl. This is one of Southern California’s largest fireworks displays and includes music and food court that opens at 2pm. Parking lot opens at 10am; stadium opens at 6:30 pm and the opening ceremonies & program at 7pm, followed by the spectacular fireworks show at 9:05 pm. Tickets are $13-$30; Kids 7 and under & Active Military with ID are free at www.ticketmaster.com. Cash only at the stadium and $20 (cash) for parking. For more information, call (626) 577-3100.
More Locations, estimated start time is 8pm:
—Rosemead Park, 9200 Mission Ave., Rosemead;
—Salt Lake Park, Huntington Park;
—South El Monte High School, 1001 N. Durfee Ave., South El Monte;
—South Gate Park, 9615 Pinehurst Ave., South Gate;
Information from City News Service was used in this report.