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Fireworks, Music and a Parade: Where to celebrate the 4th of July on the Eastside

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

When you live on the Eastside, there’s usually no need to head out to attend a formal 4th of July fireworks show — there’s usually someone nearby lighting up the night sky with colorful skyrockets, bombs and other fiery displays. But, if you want to be on the safe side and attend a legal fireworks show, as well as other celebrations, here are some of your options during the upcoming holiday :

BOYLE HEIGHTS

11th Annual Boyle Heights Concert & Fireworks Show

  • Saturday, July 1: 5 pm
  • Hollenbeck Park, 415 S. St.Louis St.
  • Free musical entertainment by BombaChante, a moonbounce, community booths, and food. Concert begins at 5 pm followed by fireworks at sunset. Not Permitted: BBQ grills, alcohol, pets, canopies, umbrellas, and glass bottles.

DODGER STADIUM

 4th of July Fireworks

  • July 4: 6:10 pm
  • Dodger Stadium
  • The show begins after the end of the Dodgers vs. Diamond Backs game. Ticket prices vary.

EAGLE ROCK

Concerts in the Park & Fireworks Show

  • Sunday, July 2: 5 pm
  • Eagle Rock Park, 1100 Eagle Vista Dr
  • Free musical entertainment by the Spazmatics, a moonbounce, community booths, and food. Concert begins at 5 pm with fireworks at sunset.  BBQ grills, alcohol, pets, canopies, umbrellas, and glass bottles are not permitted

EAST LOS ANGELES

Fireworks Show, Artfest & Concert

  • Saturday, July 1: 4:30 pm – 9: 30 PM
  • East Los Angeles Civic Center, 4801 E. First Street

SILVER LAKE

 4th of July Parade

  • Tuesday, July 4: 10 am
  • Starts at Silver Lake Recreation Center, 1850 W. Silver Lake Dr.,
  • The second annual neighborhood 4th of July parade will kick off at 10 a.m. on  July 4 at the Silver Lake Recreation Center. But those who plan to march are invited to show up at 9 am to decorate their entries.  The parade route will travel north on West Silver Lake Boulevard to Armstrong Avenue and loop back to the Rec Center for more events.

Advice To Pet Owners: You probably know by now to keep your dogs inside during all that noise. The North Central Animal Shelter in Lincoln Heights is seeking volunteers to temporarily foster pets during a busy time of the year.

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2 comments

  1. “When you live on the Eastside, there’s usually no need to head out to attend a formal 4th of July fireworks show — there’s usually someone nearby lighting up the night sky with colorful skyrockets, bombs and other fiery displays.”

    I’m very disappointed that the Eastsider is blowing off the fact that neighborhood fireworks are Illegal and can be dangerous to those setting them off and to trees and homes. The neighborhood fireworks have grown to such an extent that Echo Park sounds like a battle field on the 4th, and a big portion of the fireworks are simply noise, such as the M-80s. The Eastsider published photos of one of the “displays” last New Years: Trees blazing away next to an apartment building that the LAFD thankfully prevented from going up in flames.

    So many complaints have been filed about illegal fireworks both prior to, and on, July 4, that this year it appears LAPD will attempt to address the issue:

    “Starting Friday, our Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Neighborhood Prosecutor, Gabrielle Taylor, has committed to providing enforcement tips to our officers in roll call and we will be enforcing the illegal use of fireworks with citations and seizures of the items (fireworks).

    We will be training our officers and hope to influence them in taking proactive efforts in stopping the use of fireworks, which, as you know, are illegal to possess or use in the City of Los Angeles.”

    Phillip A. Smith, Captain
    Commanding Officer
    Northeast Patrol Division
    (323) 561-3231 (Office)
    (323) 340-3979 (Fax)
    [email protected]

  2. Re: Illegal Use of Fireworks

    As we enter the 4th of July Holiday Weekend, numerous communities within Northeast Area have inquired as to what to do when faced with community members using illegal fireworks. We are requesting you call the Northeast Patrol Desk at (323) 561-3211, and advise of any fireworks usage. Please remember that all fireworks are illegal to possess or use in the City of Los Angeles, unless specifically permitted to do so (in other words, an official, professional fireworks show).

    The Northeast Desk officers will log the fireworks location and time of your call and the Watch Commander will prioritize our police response. Please keep in mind that our primary objective is to respond to violent crimes and the priority is much less on fireworks calls. I have deployed extra patrol officers for the weekend and on the 4th of July, so we are hoping to directly impact the illegal and unlawful use of fireworks. I have arranged specific training from our Neighborhood Prosecutor, Deputy City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor. She has attended our roll calls already and provided enforcement tips and tools for our patrol officers. Remember, if you have an emergency, please call “911,” if it’s not and emergency, call our front desk. Thank you! Captain Phil Smith

    PHILLIP A. SMITH, Captain
    Commanding Officer
    Northeast Patrol Division
    (323) 561-3231 (Office)
    (323) 340-3979 (Fax)
    [email protected]

    I want to again thank Captain Smith for his follow-up communications on this issue.

    Again: Northeast Patrol Desk at (323) 561-3211, and advise of any fireworks usage. [Please note this is different from the non-emergency number.]

    911 is for Emergencies Only

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