Independence Day 2017

Jun 28, 2017

At the moment, the high on July 4th is forecast to be 84℉ in Pasadena. We assume that will send thousands to the shore, but for those who remain in place, here are some July 4th celebration options…


4th of July Lunch Party: The Pasadena Showcase House sponsors an Independence Day party lunch at the red, white, and blue-decorated Scott Pavilion with dancing to the sounds of the Great American Swing Band. The menu includes beef brisket, grilled chicken, grilled vegetables, potato salad, cole slaw, fruit salad, and a special cake. Tuesday, July 4 at noon. Cost: $10, members; $12, non-members. Register online here. Pasadena Senior Center, 85 Holly St., Pasadena 91103. Call 1.626.795.4331.


91st Annual AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl:
Cost: $15-$30
Purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster

Noon: Parking lots open at noon
2 p.m.: Family fun zone opens at Area H
5:30 p.m.: Doors open
7 p.m.: Performances begin
9 p.m.: Fireworks begin
Ph: 1.626.577.3100




South Pasadena

Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast: 7-10 a.m. Cost: $8 per person. Kids under 6 years old eat free of charge. South Pasadena Fire Station, 817 Mound Ave., South Pasadena 91030.

Purchase pancake breakfast tickets ahead of time at the South Pas. Fire Station, Bristol Farms, Dinosaur Farm, Mission Framing, The Moo on Mission, the YMCA, and Charlie’s Coffee House.

Fourth of July Festival of Balloons and Parade:
10:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony on the lawn of the South Pas. Public Library, 1115 El Centro. St.
11 a.m.: Parade down to Garfield Park
Noon to 4 p.m.: Games, food, and activities at Garfield Park, 1750 Mission St.

South Pasadena High School, 1401 Fremont Ave.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Fireworks show at 9 p.m.
Food vendors on site, though no food in stadium
Tickets: $10, presale at same locations as listed above, as well as at pancake breakfast and Garfield Park Celebration; $12, day of event

Learn details at




San Marino

4th of July at Lacy Park with food booths, a fun zone, community parade, stage entertainment and fireworks (at 9 p.m.). Cost (wristbands): $5, San Marino residents; $15, non-residents; $20 day of event. Pre-sale of wristbands at The Recreation Depot, San Marino City Hall, or Crowell Public Library.

Wristband required for entry into park beginning at 7 a.m. Lacy Park, 1485 Virginia Rd., San Marino. Ph: 1.626.403.2200 or 1.626.943.2627 (recorded info).

8 a.m.: JP Becksmith 5K Memorial Run
3 p.m.: St. Albans entrance opens; food booths open
3:30 p.m.: Check-in for Rotary Parade
4 p.m.: Family fun zone opens
4:45 p.m.: Parade beins
5 p.m.: Pavilion opens
6:30 p.m.: Completion of parade
6:30-8:15 p.m.: Entertainment
8:30 p.m.: Presentation of Colors
8:45 p.m.: National Anthem, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America
9:05 p.m.: Fireworks




Sierra Madre

July 3, Pre-Party in Memorial Park, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Live music by Groovy Lemon Pie, picnicking welcome, beer garden ($6 a ticket or $20 for 4 tickets). Kids can enjoy confetti eggs, bubble wrap fireworks, and a dunk tank.

8 a.m.: July 4th Firecracker Fun Run
8-10 a.m.: Women’s Club Breakfast
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Annual 4th of July Parade, Parade route along Sierra Madre Boulevard
11-3 p.m.: Sierra Vista Park has live music, free admission to public pool, games

Find details at





Arcadia is going festive on Saturday, July 1 with a “Patriotic Festival” and barbecue.

On hand: Burger Barn BBQ, shaved ice, live music and jam sessions, free fun for kids, and a beer garden.

Time: Saturday, July 1st, 6-9 p.m.

Location: 1st Avenue in downtown Arcadia between Huntington Dr. and Santa Clara.







Photo, top right, by I, Ikluft [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Fireworks, second from top, by Kabir Bakie at Blue Ash Community Fireworks July 2005, via Wikimedia Commons.

Fireworks, third from top, by Kabir Bakie at Blue Ash Community Fireworks July 2005, via Wikimedia Commons.

Fireworks, fourth from top, by Ondrejk (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Fireworks, fifth from top, by Ninjakeg (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.




3 Responses for “Independence Day 2017”

  1. Tins says:

    Will there be food trucks ie food for sale at the south pasadena garfield post parade party? Thank you! Looking forward to all the fun

  2. Kat Ward says:

    Hi, Christine: We’ve just gotten off the phone with the South Pasadena Recreation Department. There will not be food trucks at the South Pasadena 4th of July event at Garfield Park, but there will be food vendors at booths set up in the park. The person was not able to provide a list of those vendors, so we don’t know if it will be simply cookies and snacks or hot foods, etc. Over the years, we’ve seen many people bring a picnic with them. Cheers for a Happy 4th of July!



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