Pack your Fourth with festivals, food and fireworks

What are you doing with your day off Thursday? Grab a Frisbee and a picnic blanket and celebrate not just our country but our neighborhood. If you’ve heard about other events, please comment and we’ll share them!



The California African American Museum (CAAM) will open at 10:00 a.m., and artist and educator Teresa Tolliver welcomes all ages to an art workshop beginning at the museum at noon.

LA’s Department of Culture Affairs has joined with Bernard Parks’s office to offer Jazz on the Hill at Norman O. Houston Park (Stocker/La Brea). Music starts at noon and ends at 4:00 p.m. Shuttles run for a half hour before the event and an hour after it ends to parking lots at Park Hills Community Church.

Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party opens at 2:00 p.m.



CAAM’s Gleaming at Twilight program offers visitors first dibs on seats for Exposition Park’s fireworks show. It’s all music, but the lineup ranges from Broadway stars to jazz instrumentalists to Judith Hill of “The Voice.”


Night (Fireworks):

South Gate: South Gate Park, 9:00 p.m.

Commerce: Rosewood Park, 9:00 p.m.

Gardena: Rowley Park, 9:00 p.m.

Lynwood: Lynwood City Park, 9:00 p.m.

Huntington Park: Salt Lake Park, 9:00 p.m.

LA: Exposition Park, 9:00 p.m.



The second annual Peace, Love and Family ride departs from Exposition Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 6. Stop by early to register and mingle with other pedalers, then set out south on Vermont Ave. Riders are encouraged to join the group at Vermont/Gage around 10:45 a.m. and at Vermont/Manchester around 11:30 a.m. A fair celebrating healthy living follows, featuring live music, free health screenings and bike gear giveaways. Bands will take to the stage at 8619 S. Vermont Ave. around 1:00 p.m.

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