L.A. is bringing forth the Fourth

A patriotic design is iced across the doughnut-shaped sign at Angel Donuts and Pizza in Long Beach.
(Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times)

Tens of thousands of Angelenos are expected to turn out Saturday for the annual Fourth of July Block Party at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.

The celebration, which gets underway at 3 p.m., is free and will include music, food and fireworks. This is the third year that the increasingly popular event has been held at the 12-acre park, which extends from the Music Center to City Hall.

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There will be live music on two main stages and food vendors throughout the grounds, said festival spokeswoman Bonnie Goodman. The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m., and the event ends at 9:30 p.m.


All bags will be checked upon entrance to the park at 3 p.m. Outside food is welcome but not alcohol or other beverages, including juice and soda. Only empty water bottles will be allowed. Free water-filling stations will be available.

No hand-held umbrellas, tents, chairs or tables will be allowed.

The Grand Park celebration is one of several public events planned Saturday around Los Angeles County. Here are some others:

AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl: Festival outside the stadium begins at 2 p.m. and will feature food and music. Stadium opens at 6 p.m. and includes a motorcycle stunt show and several musical acts. Fireworks at 9:05 p.m. Cost: $13, general admission; $25 reserve seating.


Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park: Food, music and fireworks. Noon to 10 p.m. (Fireworks at 9 p.m.) Cost: Free.

Marina del Rey: Traditional fireworks extravaganza over the waterfront. 9 p.m. Cost: Free.