Local residents and visitors will have plenty of choices for watching spectacular fireworks shows in the west San Gabriel Valley tonight, July 4th to celebrate America' Independence Day. Cities of Monterey Park, San Gabriel, Rosemead and Alhambra will each have celebrations and and plenty of plenty of fireworks lighting up the night sky. Most aerial fireworks shows will begin between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. when it is dark.
Rosemead will celebrate America's Independence Day and the founding of the city with a parade beginning at 10 a.m. along Valley Boulevard ending at Rosemead Park with a festival and fireworks in the evening.
Monterey Park will also celebrate with a fireworks show and live entertainment at Barnes Park. Due to a more "dynamic" show planned tonight, the safety zone has been expanded. McPherrin and Ramona streets which border which border the park will be closed from 5 p.m. to 11 pm. and crowds will be able to gather on the open streets to view the fireworks show. Earlier in the evening, new U.S, Citizens will be honored.
San Gabriel will celebrate with its annual July 4th parade and "Kids Day Picnic." The parade will begin at 9 a..m.at Plaza Park and go north on Mission Street and east on Broadway to Smith Park. A Kid's day picnic at Smith Park will feature a free barbecue along with a free swim at the park pool and many contests.
Alhambra will celebrate the Fourth with a festival and picnic and fireworks show at Almansor Park.
Fire and police officials urged residents to not "Drink and Drive" during the holiday. Special joint patrols will be handling complaints of illegal fireworks. Fire officials said that any fireworks that go up in the air are illegal and should not be used.