Happy 4th of July greetings from 1907

Photo by Kevin Shorter/Flickr

How did the residents of Boyle Heights, Echo Park and Lincoln Heights celebrate Independence Day more than a century ago?  Many headed to the lawns and lakes of Eastlake Park (now Lincoln Park), Echo Park and Hollenbeck Park for a day of  picnicking, oratory and concerts.  Here are some snippets of July 4, 1907 as described in a Los Angeles Times article headlined “Grassy Parks in Gala Trim”:

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Where are you going to celebrate this year’s Independence Day? New Echo Park resident Sandy Betts, who posted a question on The Eastsider’s Facebook page,  wants to know what to do in the neighborhood or nearby:  ” … maybe something that isn’t necessarily a city event, but a local neighborhood tradition – best spot to view displays, something along those lines.” Please leave your suggestions in the comments.


  1. Wife and I are thinking about driving over to Baldwin Hills Overlook and getting up on the highest point at around Sunset for a bit of a picnic to see whatever fireworks may display themselves. Then again we might just park it on our porch in Silver Lake and see what happens around here.

  2. I’ve watched fireworks from the Dante’s View area in Griffith Park in the past … spectacular when you can see then going off in different parts of the city.

  3. On July 5, the Dodgers will have fireworks right after the game ends. You can stand on Park Drive (around where it intersects with Duane St.), face the Elysian Park side of the drive and have a great view! To get onto Park Drive from Sunset, head north up Echo Park Ave (away from Echo Park Lake) for about a mile, go right onto Baxter street, take 3rd left onto Avon Street, go past stop sign & Donaldson St to Avon Park Terrace, go right onto Avon Park Terr and continue up on the LEFT side of the island that divides the street. Avon Park Terrace ends on Park Drive, go right onto Park Drive, pass Ewing St and look for Duane Street on the right. Park, get out, cross street & wait for fireworks.

  4. Barbara,
    You may want to check on the resident only parking scheme, that I believe they have on Park Drive, before you go sending people up there, to possibly receive parking tickets.

  5. Thanks guys! So glad to have found the Eastsider LA online – am really loving getting to know all of LA, but the most interesting bit is getting to know OUR new ‘hood. Will look for the fireworks tonight! Oh – and as far as ticketing goes…anyone with a car who’s been in LA for more than 24 hours should know to read – thoroughly – all parking signs. We’ve been good and since living here for one month, we just got our first parking ticket Friday night – totally our fault for not reading more carefully. Thanks for the great suggestions.

  6. @Barbara!

    those are the kookiest directions ever. EP Ave to Morton. Straight shot up the hill. No parking one side of the street. permit parking on the other.

    Or just go to Bishops Canyon Parking lot in Elysian Park for the best view ever-gates close at 9pm however, so best to walk up.

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