Fireworks displays marking the 241st anniversary of the nation’s independence will be held throughout Los Angeles County Tuesday night, with new security protocols for the show at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills.
The new security measures introduced by the Los Angeles Police Department include additional barriers and only five entry points into the park, said Councilman Bob Blumenfield, the show’s host. Similar measures are being put in place by the LAPD for all large public events, he said.
“In today’s climate, it is imperative that the city takes all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of all who attend,” Blumenfield said.
Officers from the LAPD and the Valley Cultural Center’s hired security team will be stationed at each entry gate at all times, according to Nora Ross, the center’s executive director. An estimated crowd of 60,000 annually attends the July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza at Warner Center Park, according to Blumenfield.
The free event is scheduled to run from 6-9:30 p.m. and will include food from 20 area restaurants, a concert by the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra featuring Broadway tunes, jazz and rock songs, arts and crafts vendors and a 15-minute fireworks show. Parking is $20 in any of the Warner Center structures between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Canoga Avenue and Califa Street and Oxnard Street.
Elsewhere, what is billed as California’s longest-running Independence Day fireworks show will be held at the Rose Bowl. Thousands of special effect fireworks will be used at the 91st annual AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl, according to organizers.
The fireworks will be preceded by a performance by the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends, whose members were selected by Louise Harrison, the sister of the late Beatle George Harrison, show organizers said. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. The Rose Bowl parking lots will open at noon. A festival with food vendors, entertainment, craft-making, exhibits and inflatable rides for children will begin at 2 p.m.
General admission tickets are $15, while reserved seating is $30. General parking is $30, $20 in advance.
In Downtown L.A., the fifth annual Fourth of July Block Party at Grand Park will include a 9 p.m. fireworks show shot from the roof of The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, set to pop and classic rock hits along with patriotic music. The show will be visible throughout downtown Los Angeles and be visible throughout Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. The party will run from 2-9:30 p.m. and cover five blocks from Spring Street to Grand Avenue and Temple Street and Second Street. It will include music played on stages at Grand Park.
There will be a dedicated play area on Grand Park’s Event Lawn between Broadway and Spring Street, where children from 5 to 12 years old can play tag, soccer and other games from 2-5:30 p.m. Activities in The Sandlot between Spring Street and Broadway from 2-7 p.m. include bracelet creating, face painting and playing games, and food from more than 45 gourmet food trucks will be available for purchase.
Marina del Rey’s 20-minute fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m., synchronized to music played over loudspeakers at Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village.
Fireworks will also follow the concert by the Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix at the Hollywood Bowl; the Los Angeles Dodgers-Arizona Diamondbacks game at Dodger Stadium; the Los Angeles Galaxy-Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer game at StubHub Center; the Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Division at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds; and the Lancaster JetHawks-Lake Elsinore Storm California League baseball game at The Hangar.
Fireworks displays are also planned for 9 p.m. at:
— Artesia Park, 18750 Clarkdale Ave.;
— Sierra Vista High School, 3600 N. Frazier St., Baldwin Park;
— Hollenbeck Park, 415 S. St. Louis St.; Boyle Heights;
— Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Highway;
— Cerritos High School, 12500 E. 183rd St.;
— Pomona College, 333 N. College Way, Claremont;
— Rosewood Park, 5600 Harbor St., Commerce;
— West Los Angeles College, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City;
— Diamond Bar High School, 21400 E. Pathfinder Road;
— Eagle Rock Recreation Center, 1100 Eagle Vista Drive;
— El Sereno Recreation Center, 4721 Klamath St.;
— Rowley Park, 13220 S. Van Ness Ave., Gardena;
— Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave., Huntington Park;
— Irwindale Park, 5050 N. Irwindale Ave., Irwindale;
— Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta;
— La Habra High School, 801 Highlander Ave.;
— Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive;
— Lynwood City Park, 3700 Beechwood Ave., Lynwood;
— Palisades Charter High School, 15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades;
— Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona;
— Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch;
— Rosemead Park, 4343 Encinita Ave.;
— Valencia Town Center, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita;
— South El Monte High School, 1001 N. Durfee Ave.;
— South Gate Park, 9615 Pinehurst Ave., South Gate;
— Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 26233 Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch;
— Walnut High School, 400 N. Pierre Road;
— Westlake Village Golf Course, 4812 Lakeview Canyon;
— York Field, 9110 Santa Fe Springs Road, Whittier.
—City News Service
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