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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.