• Rose Bowl Fireworks display as seen from the hills above - 2014 (Photo - Staff).

      Rose Bowl Fireworks display as seen from the hills above – 2014 (Photo – Staff).

      In keeping with our tradition of last year’s popular 4th of July listing, here’s a full comprehensive list of the Fourth of July celebrations in the Greater Pasadena Area.

      By Jonathan Aguilar

      The listings are sorted out by their approximate distance from Colorado Boulevard (Colorado Blvd and Los Robles.)

      Pasadena @ the Rose Bowl: Americafest

      2 p.m.: Festival begins outside the stadium with food and games for kids on Area H.

      6:00 p.m.: Stadium Gates Open

      6:45 p.m.: Live motorcycle stunts (pre show)

      7:00 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies – National Anthem

      7:10 p.m.: Live Motorcycle stunts the “All American Thrill Show”

      7:45 p.m.: Special performances from Elvis and Liverpool Legends, the Ultimate Beatles Experience to celebrate 50th Anniversary of when Elvis and the Beatles first met in LA

      9:00 p.m.: Biggest Fireworks show in Southern California produced by Pyro Spectaculars by Souza

      9:30 p.m.: At the conclusion of the fireworks show there will be a viewing of Despicable Me 2 presented by Universal Pictures

      Free Spots to watch the fireworks:

      Americafest Fireworks display at Rose Bowl  2014 (photo - Staff).

      Americafest Fireworks display at Rose Bowl 2014 (photo – Staff).

       Colorado Street Bridge is a good place to see the Rose Bowl display for free.

      ♠  The hill above the Rose Bowl parking lots is a place where spectators gather to watch the Fireworks. It’s quite a walk to get to it but it is worth it.

      Note: Parking lot at Pasadena Art Center College of Design (1700 Lida St.) is closed on the 4th, specifically to deter people from going there to view the fireworks.

      Rose Bowl Stadium, Rose Bowl Drive at North Arroyo Boulevard. Tickets are $17-$34. For info: 626-577-3100 or www.rosebowlstadium.com/events

      Pasadena Senior Center

      12:00 p.m.: The Scott Pavilion at the center will be adorned with patriotic red, white and blue décor as everyone celebrates America’s independence with finger-licking ribs and chicken, salads, sides and dessert. Click on the headline for more details.

      Pasadena Senior Center, 85 East Holly Street – Pasadena
      $8-$10. For info: (626) 795-4331.

      4th of July @ Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

      Dustbowl Revival Truck

      Dustbowl Revival Truck

      The Fourth of July night at the Levitt Pavilion will be a special night this year with the Dusball Revival Band.

      Tip:  Don’t bother getting a good seat as everyone will end up standing and dancing at the sounds of this wonderful band. Come early and enjoy a fun 4th of July evening. Best of all, this quality music is free.

      South Pasadena

      Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast
      Location: South Pasadena Fire Station, 817 Mound Avenue (enter on Hope Street, between Fremont Avenue and Mound Avenue)
      Time: 7:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m.
      Details: $7.00 per person, kids under 6 year old eat for free.

      Opening Ceremony
      Location: South Pasadena Library Community Room – lawn, 1115 El Centro Street.
      Time: 10:30 a.m.

      Location: Mission Street, from Diamond Avenue to Garfield Park
      Time: 11:00 a.m.

      Celebration at Garfield Park
      Location: Garfield Park, 1750 Mission Street.
      Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
      Details: Games, food, and activities

      Fireworks Show
      Location: South Pasadena High School, 1401 Fremont Avenue.
      Time: 9:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
      Details: Food vendors will be on site at the show. Pets are not allowed
      Stadium – Alcohol and glass bottles are not allowed in the stadium.
      Field – Only water is permitted on the field, no food. Rounded bottom chairs only on the field.

      Fireworks Tickets, Day of: Available for $10.00 at the Pancake Breakfast and Garfield Park in the afternoon or $12.00 at the gate. Chamber of Commerce, 626-441-2339.


      Wednesday, July 1st

      9:30 p.m. “Early” fireworks on display @ the Altadena Town & Country Club.

      Altadena Town & Country Club – 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena, CA 91001

      Saturday, July 4th

      10:00 a.m.: Pepper Drive 4th of July Parade
      It’s the parade where everything goes. A lengthy Independence Day parade that starts at the top corner of Pepper Drive and Glen Canyon. A community tradition that spans more than half a century. (Check a video from last year here.)

      San Marino

      The City of San Marino will hold its Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Lacy Park. The community is invited to attend this patriotic event, which will feature food booths, fun zone, a community parade, stage entertainment, and a fireworks display at approximately 9 pm.

      Click here for full program.

      Lacy Park, 1485 Virginia Road: food booths, fun zone, stage entertainment.

      Must have wristband, available for $5 presale at Parks and Recreation, City Hall and Crowell Library. Need to bring proof of San Marino residency. Wristband purchase day of event is $20.


      1 p.m. Carnival games and live entertainment by Swinging 8 Balls, Jack Roberts Harvey Band, and the Suffragettes. Guests may bring picnics or visit food vendors.

      7:30 p.m. No dogs or alcohol.

      9 p.m. Fireworks. Free.

      Almansor Park, 800 S. Almansor St. www.cityofalhambra.org

      San Gabriel

      San Gabriel’s unique tradition, which combines July 4 celebration with all things kid-friendly, begins at 9:30 a.m. with the parade through the Mission District.

      9:30 a.m. Parade @ Plaza Park, 428 S. Mission Drive, in front of the San Gabriel Mission and continues north through the Mission District, turns east on Broadway and ends at Smith Park, 232 W. Broadway. Kids are invited to decorate their tricycles, bicycles, scooters or walk in the parade. Must register to be in the parade.

      Free activities at Smith Park include a watermelon eating contest, barbecue, games, entertainment and food vendors. Free.

      For more information, San Gabriel Parks and Recreation Department, 626-308-2875.

      Monterey Park

      Monterey Park’s Independence Day celebration at Barnes Park features entertainment, food and fun for the entire family. Patriotic activities include children’s crafts, music by the Monterey Park Concert Band and the introduction of new citizens and military families.

      • 3:00 p.m. Food, craft and game booths open
      • 4:00 p.m. Monterey Park Concert Band
      • 5:15 p.m. Recognition of new citizens, military families and dignitaries
      • 6:30 p.m. Live Entertainment
      • 7:15 p.m. Live Entertainment
      • 9:00 p.m. Fireworks show.

      Note: Personal fireworks and alcohol is not allowed in the park.
      Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754 For info: 626-307-1388 or www.montereypark.ca.gov

      Sierra Madre

      fireworks-animatedJuly 3rd
      5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.:
      Pre-Party in Memorial Park. Family picnic, beer garden
 and live music featuring
      Sierra Madre’s own, Groovy Lemon Pie!

      July 4th
      Firecracker Fun Run: 8:00 a.m.
      Women’s Club Breakfast: 8:00am-10:00 a.m.
      Parade: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
      Community Picnic: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

      10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Annual Fourth of July parade

      For info: 626-355-5278.

      La Crescenta

      4:00 p.m.: Gates open

      9:00 p.m.: Fireworks

      At La Crescenta Elementary School, 2900 Community Ave.
      Tickets: $7, pre-sale – $10 at the gate. Children under 2 free.

      Temple City

      Wednesday, July 1st

      7:00  p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Celebrate Independence Day with Americana and patriotic tunes by Yard Sale. Be sure to get in the spirit and wear your red, white and blue to the concert for a chance to be voted as “Most Patriotic.”

      Temple City Park, 9701 Las Tunas Drive.


      The City of Rosemead literally has something for everyone as part of its annual 4th of July celebration. The event begins with the Rosemead 5K at 7:00 a.m. (Runners and walkers are encouraged to register at Rosemead5K.com).

      10 a.m. Parade at Muscatel Avenue and Valley Boulevard and ends at Rosemead Park.

      12 p.m. Carnival in the park with rides and food. Wristbands for carnival rides are available until July 3 for $12 at City Hall. Other events are free.

      5 p.m. Opening ceremonies followed by live entertainment.

      9 p.m. Fireworks.


      8:00 a.m.: Annual Parade

      This year’s parade is dedicated to Tom Smith, who served Arcadia with passion and integrity for many years. He also served his country in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He served his community as a teacher, the first Principal of Ingleside Middle School, Arizona State Representive and Senator.

      4:00 p.m.: 626 4th of July Night Market

      The original and largest Asian-themed night market in the United States, 626 Night Market features hundreds of food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions in one jam-packed weekend of festivities that appeals to all ages.


      Monrovia Fireworks @ Library Park - 2014 (Photo - Facebook)

      Monrovia Fireworks @ Library Park – 2014 (Photo – Facebook)

      The Fireworks Show is free of charge and is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. and will last approximately 20 minutes.

      3 p.m.: Entertainment @ Library Park.

      7 – 8:30 p.m.: Live music.

      9 p.m.: Fireworks.

      Library park, 321 S. Myrtle Ave. (Spectators may reserve a park space no larger than 10 X 10 feet.) Free.

      3rd Annual Block Party @ Grand Park

      Grand Park Fireworks in Downtown Los Angeles - 2014 (Photos by Michael Kelley.)

      Grand Park Fireworks in Downtown Los Angeles – 2014 (Photos by Michael Kelley.)

      Take the Gold Line and enjoy the block party celebration in downtown L.A. This year the party expands from Temple to Second Streets.

      1 p.m. Picnickers may arrive (alcohol is not permitted.) Onsite food vendors.

      4- 9 p.m. Live music on two stages.

      9 p.m. (sharp) Fireworks.

      For info (213) 473-7014. Entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., http://grandparkla.org/


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