Fireworks Spectacular and Concert Saturday at East Los Angeles Civic Center

June 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Looking for a family-friendly outing this holiday weekend? You don’t have to go far thanks to the Los Angeles County Dept. of Parks and Recreation and Supervisor Hilda Solis.

The East Los Angeles Civic Center will be the center of a huge celebration bash on Saturday, July 1, from 4:40 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Great music, artists and a spectacular display of pirotecnics make for great family fun, and a 4th of July to remember.

There’s no charge to attend, admission is free and open to the public.

Event kicks off with an artfest, featuring works and booths from local artists. Enjoy live musical performances as you relax on the lawn or if the spirit moves you, get up and dance.

The festivities will close with a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the sky with bursts of color!

The East Los Angeles Civic Center is located at 5801 E. Third Street, L.A. 90022.

For more information, call (323) 260-2360 or visit http://parks.lacounty,org.

For more local 4th of July events, take a look at EGP’s “Family-friendly 4th of July Calendar of Events” at

Free Family-Friendly 4th of July Weekend Events

June 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Bell Gardens
3:30-5:30 pm–Celebration at Bell Gardens Veterans Park. Celebrate Independence Day with traditional games, music, crafts and snacks. Ages: 5-14. Free. Park is located at 6662 Loveland St. For info, call (562) 806-7650.

Boyle Heights
July 1—5pm-10th Annual Boyle Heights Concert & Firework Show at Hollenbeck Park. Free musical entertainment, moon bounce, rock climbing, community booths and firework show at sunset Not permitted: BBQ grills, alcohol, pets, canopies, umbrellas & glass bottles. Location: Hollenbeck Park 415 S. St. Louis St. 90033. For more info (323) 526-9332.

City of Commerce
July 1-4th—4-Day Annual Independence Day Carnival at Rosewood Park: July 1 (5-11pm); 2nd & 3rd (5-11pm); July 4th (12 Noon-11pm). Carnival rides & games (pre-sale tickets available), music, food vendors, & more. Discounted presale wristbands coupons for sale at Parks & Recs and Brenda Villa Aquatic Center through Friday, June 30..Spectacular fireworks show July 4 at 9pm. Rosewood Park is located at 5600 Harbor St. Commerce 90042. For more info, call (323) 887-4434.

Westlake/MacArthur Park

7-9pm–Concert & Firework Show Macarthur Park Levitt Pavilion. Performances by Los Guerreros de la Cumbia & The Chico Band. Bring family, picnic basket & get ready to dance & celebrate. Fireworks start at 9pm. Park is located at 2230 W. 6th Street, LA 90057. Presented by LA Cultural Affairs & Councilman Gil Cedillo. For more info, (213) 473-7001.

Eagle Rock
July 2—4pm-Concert in the Park & Fireworks Show at Eagle Rock Park sponsored by Council District 14 & Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce . Musical entertainment featuring ”The Spazmatics.” No BBQ grills, alcohol, pets, canopies or glass bottles allowed. Fireworks display begins at sunset. Park is located at 1100 Eagle Vista Dr. LA. For more information, call (323) 254-5295.

Downtown Los Angeles

July 4—2-9:30pm-Grand Park + Music Center 4th of July Block Party. Free event, will feature music, art, dancing, food, family, friends & incredible fireworks display launched from the civic center skyline. Bring food, snacks & juice/water in sealed containers. No alcohol, coolers, chairs allowed. Location: 8 city blocks from Temple Street to 2nd Street, and from Grand Avenue to Main Street. Avoid traffic & parking delays & take Metro – Free Bike valet at 1st & Hill Streets. For more info, visit

For Many, This 4th of July Was Akin to a War Zone

July 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Did you feel like you were living in a war zone this 4th of July?

If so, you were not alone.

The loud thunderous blast from fireworks —most presumably illegal — rocked Angelenos from every direction.

EGP has heard from many residents that they were forced to endure the incessant sound of exploding fireworks for hours on end. The intensity and number of blasts this year from M80 rockets and other powerful fireworks far exceeded what many considered normal for the neighborhoods.

On street after street, fireworks that rivaled the red, green, blue and white flaming lights of sponsored and organized displays filled the night sky.

But these were not professionals trained in handling the dangerous explosives putting on a show, but amateur thrill seekers who thought nothing of putting their lives and those of their family, friends and neighbors in danger.

The explosions were so powerful and numerous they set off car alarms, made windows shake and drove both pets and their owners unable to find refuge into panic.

Where were the police patrols looking for the barrage of illegal fireworks? Residents tell us they weren’t in their neighborhoods.

Were they all busy guarding the big shows, potential terrorist soft targets?

Whatever the answer, it seems Angelenos across the county were left to their own devices to deal with what we are tempted to call a terrorist attack at home to get the issue the attention it deserves.

The numbers of injuries and size of the seizures of illegal fireworks is alarming, but clearly, far more illegal and dangerous fireworks made it into the hands of consumers than was confiscated by law enforcement.

The 4th of July has come and gone yet in many neighborhoods the loud blasts continue. The illegal use of fireworks — and we’re not talking about the so-called safe ‘n sane variety — is getting bigger every year.  It also appears that our law enforcement agencies are less and less able to control the lawbreakers.

There does not seem to be any real concerted effort to stave off the mayhem that comes with illegal use of pyrotechnics. Why not?

How can we expect our law enforcement agencies to protect us against terrorism when they can’t even stem the overt and blatant sale of illegal fireworks that can also be used for malicious purposes?

We understand that most people see fireworks as a great American holiday tradition and loathe the idea of not being able to engage in the activity with family and friends. But the fireworks that once were suitable for backyards and driveways have morphed into something much more dangerous.

If the lawless Fourth of Julys continue, we fear it’s only a matter of time before the scofflaws feel they can continue to skirt the law whenever they please, putting us all in  more danger.

CHP, Police Step Up Holiday DUI Enforcement

June 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Authorities Wednesday warned Southlanders that officers will be out in force during the three-day Fourth of July weekend looking for motorists driving while impaired.

The “maximum enforcement period” begins at 6:01 p.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, the CHP reported.

“All available officers will be watching for motorists who are speeding, distracted or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.
“Saving lives is always the first concern for our officers,” he said.

“Motorists will help make everyone’s holiday safer by driving sober, fastening their seat belts, and obeying the speed limits.”

During last year’s holiday weekend, 26 people were killed on the state’s roadways.

“Our officers would rather provide education and other aid to motorists than write tickets,” Farrow said. “However, they will be looking for anyone who is driving impaired and posing a danger on the roadways.”

People are urged to report drunken drivers by calling 911.

Millions Expected to Hit the Road Over Holiday

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 2.98 million Southern California residents are expected to travel over the Fourth of July weekend, up slightly from last year and the most in eight years, the Automobile Club of Southern California predicted Monday.

This year’s number of Independence Day travelers is expected to be the highest since 2007, when 3 million Southern California residents — and 4.88 million people statewide — took trips for the holiday, according to the Auto Club.

“There is a continued overall increase in the amount being spent for travel this summer because consumers have confidence in their ability to afford vacations,” according to Filomena Andre, vice president of travel products and services for the Auto Club. “While the number of travelers is not increased greatly overall this Fourth of July, the summer vacation season is doing very well.”

The bulk of people traveling this weekend — 79 percent, or 2.4 million — are expected to drive to their destinations, up 0.4 percent from last year’s 2.2 million. Another 355,000 are expected to travel by air, up 1.4 percent from 338,000 in 2014.

Across California, 4.8 million people are expected to travel over the holiday weekend, up 0.5 percent from last year, with 3.69 million traveling by car and 573,000 taking to the air, according to the Auto Club. Nationwide, about 41.9 million people are expected to travel, up from 41.6 million last year.

The top destinations for Southern California residents are expected to be:

— Las Vegas;

— San Diego;

— San Francisco;

— the Central Coast, from Santa Barbara to Monterey;

— and a tie between the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.

Extreme Drought Adds Danger to Fourth of July

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

For more than two hundred years, Americans have been celebrating the 4th of July with parades, picnics and the exploding of bright and colorful fireworks in the skies above the nation.

It’s a “patriotic” pastime that can pose a substantial danger to land and limb.

Over the years, the fireworks available to consumers have become increasingly powerful, rivaling what one used to only see in professional firework displays. They can be heard and seen for days, even weeks, before and after the 4th of July holiday weekend.

It has at times seemed futile for police to try to enforce the ban by the City of Los Angeles’ and many other local municipalities on individuals setting off fireworks, especially since the cities that have banned local sales of fireworks have had little success keeping them out.


Because many neighboring cities allow the sale and use of so-called “Safe and Sane” fireworks, making them readily available to anyone willing to drive a few blocks to buy them.

Every year, the skies above Los Angeles are clouded with the smoke of illegal and dangerous fireworks bought from underground vendors and safe and sane fireworks stands just across city borders. Firefighters and emergency room doctors are bombarded with calls for help when things go awry, and people are injured.

Yet, it seems most people do not fear fireworks and feel they can control the explosives.

In our view, there is no such thing as “Safe and Sane” when it comes to fireworks. The risk they pose to the community, in terms of loss of property and bodily injury, is potentially too high a cost for a few minutes of entertainment.

And this year, there’s even more reason to not allow individuals to put on their own firework displays. Severe drought conditions have left our hillsides, parks, trees, grass and brush all over the county very dry and brittle, dramatically raising the risk of fires close to home.

These conditions are a threat to every neighborhood, to every home in every neighborhood, so residents should think seriously about the potential deadly practice of combining flammable materials and fireworks for a few minutes of fun.

We are disappointed by the number of local city councils that failed to adopt fireworks bans this year given these extreme conditions. Not to mention the large amount of water it takes to put out a fire.

Public safety agencies are already receiving reports of homemade bombs and firecrackers being exploded, yet it’s likely most people just don’t have enough common sense to report those using illegal fireworks in their neighborhoods.

Enlightened self-interest should tell us that it could be our home, school or neighborhood that goes up in flames when a spark from a seemingly harmless sparkler is carried through the air.

This year let the professionals put on the show.

Family-Friendly Events to Celebrate 4th of July

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Alhambra – Almansor Park

2-10pm?Carnival & Fireworks Show. Enjoy live music, food, carnival games & family activities. Fireworks show at 9pm. Park is located 700 S. Almansor St. 91801. For more info, call (626) 570-3242.


Bell Gardens – 4th of July Extravaganza at Ford Park

1:30-4:30?Have fun with a giant inflatable water slide, ($1 per person), refreshments, carnival-like games, watermelon eating contest, music, and more. Park located at 8000 Park Lane, Bell Gardens, 90201. For more info, visit


City of Commerce – Rosewood Park

July 2-5 —Four-Day Carnival. Family fun with rides, food and live entertainment. Ride tickets now on sale & for purchase at event. Thurs; 5-11pm; Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-10:30pm; Sun 10am-7pm.

July 4th —Freedom 5k Run at Park at 8am; Special Fireworks Show 4th of July at 9pm. Rosewood Park is located at 5600 Harbor St. Commerce, 90040. For more info, call (323) 887-4427.


Downtown Los Angeles

3-9:30pm?Music Center Presents Grand Park 4th of July LA-Style Block Party. Free event, will feature music, art, dancing, food, family, friends and fireworks for a feel-good, hometown event; first-ever rooftop fireworks display set to iconic American music will light up city skyline. Location: 8 city blocks from Temple Street to 2nd Street, and from Grand Avenue to Main Street. Avoid traffic & parking delays & take Metro – For more info, visit


El Pueblo/Olvera Street

3-7pm—Outdoor Concert at El Pueblo/Olvera Street in Downtown L.A. Mexican Cultural institute Presents “Rock en Espanol” in the Plaza Kiosko. Take Metro to Union station.


Monterey Park

3-10pm—Free 4th of July Entertainment, Concert & Fireworks at Barnes Park. Event features concerts, food & fun for the entire family. Performing in the Amphitheater: Monterey Park Concert Band; youth band Mugen; Rudy Macias Band & special guests. Barnes Park: 350 S. McPherrin Ave. For more information, go to or call (626) 307-1388.



2-10pm?AmericaFest at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. 89th Annual Independence Day Celebration is Southern CA’s largest fireworks show. Live music, movie viewing, motorcycle stunts, food vendors & more. Tickets required, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Rose Bowl: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. Pasadena 91103.

Fireworks Raise Risk of Brush Fires and ER Trips

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dangerously dry hillsides from years of little rain has fire officials across the state worried that fireworks could spark a new round of wildfires, putting people, animals and structures in danger.

Serious injuries and millions of dollars in property loss happen each year from wildfires sparked by fireworks, warned CAL FIRE, a state agency.

“This year’s extreme drought poses a particular threat for devastating wildfires throughout all of California,” the agency said, adding there is “zero tolerance” across California “for the sale and use of illegal fireworks.” including “sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner.”

In 2014, CAL FIRE responded to 1,000 more wildfires than in an average year and the trend for 2015 appears to be continuing if not surpassing that number, according to the agency.


Fines for illegally selling, transporting or using fireworks that don’t carry the “Safe and Sane” seal can be as high as $50,000, Cal Fire warned.

It’s not just the forest and outlying areas that are at risk; extremely dry brush on local hillsides also poses a high fire danger to residents across the county.

Fireworks also often correlate with an increase in hospital emergency room visits, according to physicians who urged the public to use common sense this Fourth of July when it comes to using fireworks.

“We see many injuries in the ER due to fireworks around the 4th of July,” said Dr. Michael Gerardi, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). “Many of those ER visits are initiated with the line ‘hey watch this!’”

Eight people died and more than 11,000 people were injured due to fireworks in 2013, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). Those figures have significantly increased over the years. Sixty-five percent of those injuries occurred in the days surrounding Fourth of July festivities.

It’s estimated that nearly half of all injuries were a result of sparklers and rockets. Over 45 percent of cases involved injuries to a person’s hands or fingers. One-third of injuries were to a person’s eyes, head, face and ears, according to CPSC.

ACEP strongly suggests that instead of discharging fireworks at home, patriotic individuals should leave it to the professionals:

“You should only watch a professional fireworks display managed by experts who have proper training and experience handling these explosives,” said Dr. Gerardi.

If you do, however, decide to use fireworks at home, these do’s and don’ts could help make it a safer experience:

Do — Have knowledgeable supervision by an experienced adult

Do — Buy fireworks from reputable dealers

Do — Read warning labels and follow all instructions

Do — Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher on hand

Do — Light fireworks one at a time

Do — Dispose of all fireworks properly

Don’t — Give any fireworks, including sparklers, to small children; older children should be supervised by a responsible adult

Don’t —Light fireworks indoors or near other objects

Don’t — Place your body over a fireworks device when trying to light the fuse

Don’t — Point or throw fireworks at another person, ever

Don’t — Try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully

Don’t — Wear loose clothing while using any fireworks

Don’t — Set off fireworks in glass or metal containers (the fragments can cause severe injury)

Don’t — Carry fireworks in a pocket.

Don’t — Try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks



Los Angeles County cities that permit the sale and use of state-approved fireworks:

Alhambra, Artesia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Carson, Commerce, Compton, Cudahy, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, Gardena, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La  Mirada, La Puente, Lakewood, Lawndale, Lynwood, Maywood, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palmdale, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, South Gate, Temple City, Vernon


Local Restrictions:

City of Los Angeles: Prohibits the selling and using of all fireworks, even those with the so-called “Safe and Sane” label.

Vernon: Fireworks may be sold within the city but the use of fireworks in the city is prohibited.

Bell Gardens: Fireworks may be discharged within the city beginning noon on June 28 until noon on July 5.

Commerce: Fireworks may be discharged within the city beginning noon on June 28 until midnight on July 5.

Montebello: Fireworks shall only be discharged within the city boundaries on July 4 between noon and 10 p.m.

Monterey Park: Fireworks may be discharged on July 4 between 10a.m. and 10 p.m.



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