Grand Park 4th of July Block Party returns to downtown LA after 2 cancellations

City News Service
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
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Grand Park's 4th of July Block Party returned to downtown Los Angeles Monday after being canceled each of the past two years because of the coronavirus pandemic.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Grand Park's 4th of July Block Party returned to downtown Los Angeles Monday after being canceled each of the past two years because of the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 30,000 people were expected for the free 5 1/2-hour event that included a 15-minute fireworks show. The party was described by organizers as being "geared for the whole family."

The party included music performances showcasing Los Angeles' global and diverse sounds, DJ sets and spoken word recitals on two stages.

The fireworks launched from the rooftop of The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, accompanied by a playlist by Rani de Leon, the director of performing arts at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.

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Attendees were allowed to bring their own food or purchase items from gourmet food trucks, including tacos, barbecue and hamburgers.

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What is billed as California's longest-running Independence Day fireworks show was held at the Rose Bowl, at the 96th annual AmericaFest Celebration. There was a 30-minute performance by the TNT motocross riders.

Performances by pop singer Haylee Joe and versatile vocalist Tia Simone followed. The TNT motocross riders performed again, followed by a performance by country singing star Drake Milligan. The fireworks show began at 9 p.m.

Fireworks shows were also scheduled at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Universal Studios Hollywood and the Hollywood Bowl. Fireworks also followed the Los Angeles Dodgers-Colorado Rockies game at Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Galaxy-CF Montral Major League Soccer game at Dignity Health Sports Park.