Today is the Fourth of July, but as we noted earlier this week, beaches are closed, public fireworks displays have been cancelled, restaurants have once again shut down indoor dining (though takeout and outdoor dining are still allowed), and all social gatherings are being discouraged, thanks to the current surge in COVID-19 cases.
Also, as was just announced yesterday, Runyon Canyon Park has been closed again today (and will close early, at 5 p.m., on Sunday), to prevent crowding and transmission of the virus.
So what can you do to celebrate the holiday this year?
Well, as we also mentioned a few days ago, many major holiday celebrations have moved online this year, which allows you to enjoy them without the travel time, traffic and crowds you’d normally encounter. The online presentations also make it possible to “attend” events further from home – including those in other cities – that you might not have been able to enjoy in years past.
Some of these celebrations include:
The Washington, D.C. “A Capitol Fourth” celebration…the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show in New York City…and the Boston Pops’ traditional July 4 holiday performance.
And closer to home, you can also tune into Los Angeles’ big “Grand Park 4th of July” celebration online…the 94th Annual (virtual) Americafest at the Rose Bowl…and a Feels Like Summer ” immersive audio-visual experience.
In addition, as almost anyone who’s been anywhere near any kind of media recently probably knows, the new film version of the monster Broadway hit “Hamilton” began streaming on the Disney+ service yesterday. It provides nearly three hours of U.S. history wrapped in super smart, ultra contemporary and mostly family friendly song and dance. Yes, a subscription is required, but it’s only $6.99 per month, or $69.99 for a year…and even that price is a fraction of what you’d pay for a single ticket to the in-person show. (Plus you can pause for bathroom breaks!) So if you haven’t seen it yet, or just want to see it again – and again – this is a really good way to catch up with the phenomenon.
And, finally, we did find a few IRL (in real life) events happening this weekend, with appropriate social distancing. They include:
Two Dog Nursery’s Fourth of July Sale. The Miracle Mile organic garden resource, located at 914 S. Cloverdale Ave., is offering 15% off all veggie, herb and flower seedlings, and 10% off all berries, fruit trees, products and soils. You can place orders online today…and pick up your items curbside on Tuesday or Wednesday, July 7 or 8.
For local history buffs, there’s also going to be a walking tour of “Jewish L.A.: From Brooklyn Ave. to Fairfax Ave.,” led by Shmuel Gonzales, “the Barrio Boychick,” on Sunday at 10 a.m., starting at Canter’s Deli, 419 N. Fairfax Ave. The tour will focus on “the restaurants, shops, and institution which relocated from Boyle Height to this neighborhood,” including Canter’s Deli, Schwartz Bakery, Solomon’s Bookstore, Jewish murals, the Original Farmers Market, and the LA Museum of the Holocaust. It will look at both the historical development of the area, and its context within current events and the recent Black Lives Matter protests. Tickets are $25 and mask-wearing and 6-foot social distancing will be enforced.
Finally, for those who miss their weekend flea markets and other bargain hunting, Silver Lake Flea has resumed operations on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the parking lot behind the Taix restaurant at 2007 Reservoir St. in Echo Park.
For even more ideas, you can also check out these two good lists from the New York Times and LAist.
Happy Fourth of July!
About Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.
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