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Area cities to celebrate Independence Day

Area cities will celebrate Independence Day with carnivals, activities and fireworks this weekend. Admission is free to all events.

The city of Pico Rivera will host its annual fireworks spectacular at El Rancho High School, 6501 Passons Blvd., beginning at 5 p.m.  July 2.

The event will feature jumpers, food booths and other family-friendly activities, a city spokesperson said.

The evening also features live concerts with the Wise Guys taking the stage at 5 p.m. and Stone Soul beginning at 7 p.m.

A special sky diving demonstration will take place at 7:45 p.m. leading up to the fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Bleacher seating for the fireworks show is available in the football stadium.

Attendees can also bring blankets and lawn chairs for ground level seating, the spokesperson said.

Information: (562) 801-4430.

Norwalk will conduct its Independence Day program from 6 to 9 p.m. July 3 on the north lawn of the Civic Center 12700 Norwalk Blvd.

There will be music, games and food booths, with a fireworks display at 9 p.m., a city spokesperson said.

As part of the annual event, professional hair stylists will give free haircuts from 1 to 8 p.m. to those wishing to donate their hair to make wigs for persons who have lost their hair because of treatment for an illness or other reasons.

Donated hair must be at least 10 inches long and cannot be bleached or highlighted. Colored or permed hair is acceptable and curly hair may be stretched to measure the minimum length, the spokesperson said.

Information: (562) 929-5702.

Santa Fe Springs will conduct its Independence Day program July 3 from 8 to 9 p.m. at Los Nietos Park, 11143 Charlesworth Road.

There will be live entertainment and fireworks. Food and beverages are for sale and craft booths are open from 3 to 9 p.m., a city spokesperson said.

Features include a family games and face painting. Wading pools, a cool zone and a dunk tank will be available. Games include watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest and a water balloon toss.

The schedule includes a horseshoe tournament at 8:30 a.m., Pinewood Derby contest at 3:30 p.m., a 1980s cover band, Flashpants, at 4 p.m., a patriotic ceremony with color guards at 6:30 p.m., music by the Latin funk band Soto at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Information: (562) 863-4896.

The Alhambra Parks and Recreation Department will conduct an Independence Day program starting at 2 p.m. July 4 at Almansor Park, 800 S. Almansor Ave.

There will be games and activities with food for purchase. Live entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. with music by the MVPs band, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m., a city spokesperson said.

Information: (626) 570-3242.

Downey will conduct a freedom fireworks festival from 6 to 9 p.m. July 4 at Downey High School Stadium, 11040 Brookshire Ave.

The festival includes live entertainment by the Swing Kings and Roscoe’s Rascals, carnival games, food for purchase and swimming in the high school pool.

Stadium doors open at 5:30 p.m. Attendees may bring blankets and lawn chairs if seating in the stands is unavailable.

Free open swimming is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on a first-come basis.

Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Information: (562) 904-7238.

A private company will conduct a four-day carnival at Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave., Huntington Park, leading up to a fireworks display July 4.

Schoeppner Shows will conduct the carnival July 1-4 and pay the city 20 percent of its proceeds from rides, along with $50 for each booth the company sells to a vendor, said Josette Epinosa, director of parks and recreation.

The carnival will include rides, game booths and food vendors.

Schoeppner will be in charge of the event costs including security and clean up at no cost to the city.

The company will also provide free entertainment and work with city staff to provide local talent to perform, Espinosa said.

Revenue from the carnival will go toward the $25,000 cost of the fireworks display, contracted to a private company earlier this year, she added.

Information: (323) 584-6218.

Lynwood offers a free fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m. July 4 at Lynwood City Park, 11301 Bullis Road.

Information: (310) 603-0220/

Monterey Park will have games, activities and live entertainment from 4 to 9 p.m. July 4 leading up to the fireworks show, a city spokesperson said.

Information: (626) 887-1388.

South Gate will mark the holiday with a carnival and fireworks display July 4 at South Gate Park, 4900 Southern Ave.

A carnival will operate from July 1 through July 4 at the park, off of Tweedy Boulevard and Walnut Avenue, said Parks and Recreation Director Paul Adams.

Hours of operation are 5 to 11 p.m. July 1 and 2 to 11 p.m. July 2, 3 and 4.

There will be carnival rides, midway games and snacks for purchase.

The Junior Athletic Association conducts baseball games on ball diamonds 5 to 10 beginning at 9 a.m., Adams noted.

Information: (323) 563-5479.

Whittier will commemorate Independence Day July 4, with a flag-raising ceremony and freedom walk starting at the Palm Park Greenway Trailhead, 5703 Palm Ave.

The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m., featuring patriotic entertainment and the singing of the national anthem, said Parks, Recreation and Community Services Supervisor Stacey Arismendez.

Immediately following the flag raising, there will be a community freedom walk along the Greenway Trail.  Prior to the walk, there will be a craft booth for children to make fun items, Arismendez said.

Information” (562) 908-3666.