In 1776, John Adams predicted in a letter to his wife that America’s Independence Day would eventually be celebrated with “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Adams’ prediction rings true to this day 241 years later, as communities throughout the country will celebrate America’s independence with a bang.
Los Angeles has scheduled a host of festivities to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and the creation of a new nation, the United States of America. Here are three to consider:
- Celebrate Fourth of July with spectacular fireworks displays over the water in Marina del Rey. Take in the marina with a leisurely picnic in the park, enjoy beautiful waterfront dining with views of the fireworks while listening to synchronized music, or book an observation cruise for a bird’s-eye view of the pyrotechnic show.
- Head to the Pacific Palisades for an Independence Day extravaganza. A band of patriotic skydivers will descend from the sky, kicking off the neighborhood’s colossal parade, complete with baton twirlers and marching trombonists. The festivities will continue with evening concerts, food trucks and loud fireworks.
- AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl is a celebration of all things red, white and blue — from the traditional holiday food, motorcycle stunt show and the popular fireworks display. The fireworks won’t shoot off until the evening, but the Rose Bowl will be open that afternoon for kid-friendly fun with inflatable rides, games and crafts.
Finally, take time out from cookouts and fireworks on Independence Day to remember those who have served our country and kept it free all these years.