We are lucky in Los Angeles, we have many places all around the area to watch fireworks on July 4. Below is a list of just some of the major destinations with the biggest celebrations.
Pacific Palisades-This year Rodeo Realty Pacific Palisades is taking part in the 66th Annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade! It is one of the best parades in the area. After the parade enjoy the family-friendly concert at Palisades Charter High School’s Stadium by the Sea and the annual fireworks pageant!
Pasadena–The Rose Bowl: The Rose Bowl in Pasadena hosts one of the biggest celebrations in the area. This year’s event features live motorcycle stunts and special musical performances by Grammy Nominated Liverpool Legends (Louise Harrison’s hand picked Ultimate Beatles Experience) and Teen Idol singing star Ian Thomas. At 9 p.m. the largest fireworks show in Southern California begins (produced by Pyrospectaculars by Souza). Buy tickets to the experience or watch from a hillside or the Colorado Street Bridge nearby.
Hollywood Bowl–Celebrate the Fourth at the Hollywood Bowl’s annual party. This year’s spectacular includes Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Te Steep Canyon Rangers, patriotic music from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West and breathaking fireworks.
DTLA–Downtown LA will have its own rooftop fireworks display this year. Grand Park is launching the biggest rooftop fireworks display in DTLA and expanding festivities from Temple to Second Streets, with doors opening at 1 p.m. (no prior admittance) stages going live at 4 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.
Exposition Park–Exposition Park hosts fireworks and a community festival. The California Science Center and California African American Museum are open during this time period.
Carson--Soccer and fireworks–watch the LA Galaxy take on the Portland Timbers at the StubHub center in Carson and stay for the fireworks display.
Culver City–This year the Exchange Club of Culver City, in conjunction with City of Culver City, the County of Los Angeles and West Los Angeles College will be presenting the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show on the West LA College grounds. Gates open at 4 p.m. and in addition to fireworks there will be live music by Rob Canove & Playback, food trucks, and a kid-friendly midway.
Marina Del Rey–The traditional fireworks extravaganza over Marina del Rey takes place annually on July 4th at 9 p.m., and lasts approximately 20 minutes. Fireworks are shot off from a barge in the main channel.
Studio City–The Fourth of July Fireworks Festival is held at CBS Studio Center 4024 Radford Ave. Studio City, CA 91604 from 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This year’s entertainment includes music from a Beatles tribute band, a car show from the Television and Motion Picture Car Club, magicians from the Magic Castle, roaming pirates, a business expo, delicious food and of course an amazing fireworks display. Adult tickets start at $20.
Porter Ranch–The 16th Annual Fourth of July Spectacular at Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch is a free, family-friendly event with a 21-minute fireworks finale just after sundown. The event includes inflatable jumps and face painting for kids.
Huntington Beach--Huntington Beach has a long tradition of celebrating July 4 in style. The 2014 celebration theme is Waves of Freedom. Events include a 5K run, parade, and fireworks over the ocean.
Redondo Beach–The Fireworks show will feature stirring patriotic music and a wide variety of fireworks perfectly matched and timed to the music. There are kids activities all through the day at the Seaside Lagoon including paddleboarding, parade, and a puppet show.
San Fernando Valley–For the best fireworks in the San Fernando Valley, head to Hansen Dam Recreation Area! This fireworks show includes live entertainment and food. If you are there during the day, bring your trunks because you can swim in the 1.5 acre lake.
Woodland Hills–Warner Park, off of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, will be hosting a great fireworks show with lots of entertainment. Among the play zone and food vendors, there will be a free concert from 6:00-8:00pm.
The fourth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented by Food & Wine, runs August 21-24 in Los Angeles. The event is three nights and four days of culinary indulgence including tastings, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, and events involving celebrity chefs. The Ultimate Bites of L.A. challenge will showcase competitions between chefs including Graham Eliot andFabio Vivani, to benefit charities. The Power Lunch series offers a chance to dine in some of the most exclusive hotels in Beverly Hills with some of the city’s legendary talent including Nancy Silverton, Jonathan Waxman, and Scott Conant. Iron Chef Morimoto hosts an Asian Night Market on August 23rd. On Sunday the Lexus Grand Tasting will feature over 300 wines with tasting samples from 25 celebrity chefs. Tickets range from $50 to $350, with full weekend packages at approximately $1,000 and are available at www.lafw.com. .
Southern California is experiencing a major drought and turf grass is one of the most water-intensive plants around. In order to encourage Los Angeles residents to say goodbye to their lawns, the LADWP offers a cash incentive to replace healthy, green grass with California Friendly® landscaping. The cash runs from $1.50 to $2 per square foot for residential customers and commercial customers may receive $1 per square foot. In place of water-thirsty and high maintenance grass, L.A. residents are encouraged to install California Friendly® plants and other water-wise features to help save money while conserving water. You can request a rebate one time on any qualifying property and it does not have to be the entire lawn on the property in order to qualify.
What does California Friendly® mean? This is an approved list of trees, perennials, vines, succulents and shrubs that are more water-friendly. The program also supports other ways to enhance a landscape with non-vegetative groundcover or paving materials like decomposed granite, pea gravel, rocks, pebbles, mulch and wood chips. A list of landscaping options and plants available at www.bewaterwise.com.
In order to qualify for the rebate customers must pre-apply for a rebate and receive LADWP approval before starting the turf replacement ant the LADWP will also inspect the lawn before and after the project. Projects can’t include live turf of turf-looking plants and must include plants however synthetic turf is eligible for rebates in some areas.
In order to begin you set up an account and submit a proposal. It’s important to measure your project correctly because your final rebate cannot be larger than your reserved amount, even if you remove additional square footage. Along with your application you must submit at least five color photos of the areas you plan to remove as well as a copy of your most recent water bill. Once you have submitted your proposal you must wait to hear back from the LADWP which can take several weeks. After you receive approval you have 120 days to complete your project.
Once your project is completed you log in and make a rebate application by submitting photos of the complete project and a copy of your recent water bill. If your project includes synthetic turf, submit a photo or scanned copy of your synthetic turf receipt. Your rebate application will be reviewed and you will receive an email with the results in 4-5 weeks.
The application website at SoCalWaterSmart includes instructions for submitting photos and how to measure your lawn.
Union Station celebrated its 75th anniversary this year and the beautiful old railroad station is getting an expansive new makeover.
Metro has revealed renderings of the Union Station master plan. The plan calls for a $350 million track redesign and the removal of the surface parking lot in front of the station. The parking lot will be replaced with a civic plaza that could include outdoor dining. The ticket room and old Fred Harvey restaurant could be home to new restaurants and a new restaurant is already planned to fill the former Union Bagel spot.
Later plans include moving the Patsouras Transit Plaza from the rear of Union Station to the East Side. Nearly 70,000 people use Union Station daily and that number is expected to grow to 140,000 by 2040 so the new passenger concourse will expand the existing passage way. The master plan process is also considering the possibility of having a high speed rail terminal nearby. For full details check out the Metro website.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Join the Big Parade. The Big Parade is an initiative of a local writer who lives in Mt. Washington. The two-day event is essentially a series of walking loops through Los Angeles that take you through the city. Day One starts on May 31 at Grand Park at 8:30AM and end at 7:30PM at the Music Box Stairs in Silver Lake. Day Two begins at the Music Box Stairs at 8:30AM and finishes at the Griffith Park Observatory. Each day will have four specific loops of lengths between two and seven miles. The full walk is approximately 35 miles. Loops vary by intensity with some including many of the city’s stairways.
Participants are asked to bring their own food and drinks. Lunch breaks include live music. Historians, artists, poets, and musicians also entertain along the way.
To follow along visit the Big Parade site to check out the timetables. The walks are led by a core group but people can join at any time. Participants will also be tweeting throughout the whole journey.