Changes in Independence Day events due to pandemic

Essentially, all the events planned in Los Angeles County on Saturday to commemorate the 244th anniversary of the nation’s independence have been canceled or changed to a virtual format due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Grand Park + The Music Center July 4th Block Party was announced last year as the largest July 4th event in Los Angeles County. It has been renamed as Block Party: Home Edition of Grand Park + The Music Center on July 4. The 7-8 pm portion of the celebration will be televised on KABC-TV Channel 7, the station’s website,, and Connected TV apps. It will be simultaneously broadcast on Los Angeles County Public Access Channel 36. From 8 to 10 pm the portion will be broadcast on the digital channels of Grand Park and The Music Center. The event will be led by rapper and songwriter D Smoke, the 2019 winner of the Netflix music competition series, “Rhythm & Flow.” The Inglewood native will perform songs from his debut album, “Black Habits”. Other musical performers will include soulstress San Cha, “bedroom pop” singer Ginger Root and dancehall performer Amindi. There will also be improvisation routines and sketches performed by Filipino American comedians from Filipino AF and a plant-based street taco cooking demonstration by chef Jocelyn Ramirez, owner of Todo Verde in East Los Angeles. The rest of the show features personalities based in Los Angeles who share their personal stories and cultural perspectives of what it means to be an angel. The park will remain open today as it has been a central site for civil demonstrations. However, there will be no programming featured or traditional fireworks. AmericaFest 94th Annual Celebration will be a 2-3 hour virtual event focused on community heritage and building, with celebrations of veterans and US military personnel, messages from residents from Pasadena thanking first responders, frontline workers and their personal heroes for their work during the coronavirus pandemic and a salute to the United States with a message about why it is celebrated on the Fourth of July. The event will conclude with a Pasadena flyover and its most historic landmarks that will be viewable from many Pasadena homes and will air online. The AmericaFest celebration will air on the Facebook and YouTube pages of the Rose Bowl Stadium. What is probably the only parade of the day in Los Angeles County will begin at 1 p.m. on Santa Catalina Island with accommodation for social distancing. In lieu of their usual parade, Independence Day will be marked in Pacific Palisades at 2 pm flyover across the community by a squadron of WWII fighter jets. At least two July 4th races will take place virtually: the Village Runner on July 4th 5K in Redondo Beach and the JP Blecksmith Memorial Virtual 5K in San Marino. Lancaster will try to challenge the fireworks ban imposed on Monday by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The City Council will hold an emergency meeting today to consider Mayor R. Rex Parris’ request for authorization to issue a permit and sign a contract with a fireworks vendor for a show scheduled for 9 pm tonight. “The city has considered all the risks and is confident in our ability to safely organize a program,” Parris wrote on the city’s Facebook page. “A show our residents deserve after a year of continuous challenges.” Despite the absence of traditional events, “we can still meaningfully commemorate the day by preparing the same meals that our loved ones have prepared for generations, listening to patriotic songs, decorating our homes in red, white, and blue, and spending time with the closest relatives to us. ” Supervisor Kathryn Barger, chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, told the City News Service. For supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, “At this unique time, the best way to spend time on Independence Day is at home with the family. It is the most important way we can collectively overcome this.” The supervisor Sheila Kuehl said, “This is a difficult time for people in Los Angeles and across the country. In difficult times, we need to dig and find strength. The days of the American revolution were not easy either, and one of the great intellectuals of At that time, a woman named Mercy Otis Warren wrote: ‘The waves have rolled me, the waves repeatedly break on me, but I am not sunk.’ She encountered resistance in times of trouble. ” “As we find new ways to safely celebrate and enjoy this Fourth of July, I hope that people will take a moment to think about what restores them and gives them hope, and to remember the most precious principles of this nation. . Although we still have a long way to go, let us re-commit ourselves to achieve the promise of equality and justice for all of this country. ”