The Venue - Los Angeles Historic State Park
Los Angeles State Historic Park encompasses the entire history of Los Angeles, from the Portola expedition in 1769 to the waves of subsequent
immigration that built Los Angeles, including Chinese, Mexican and European settlers, as well being sacred grounds to Native Americans. Moreover, it is
directly connected with downtown Los Angeles, the L.A. River, Chinatown, Union Station and Olvera St. An extremely diverse population of over 993,000
people live within a five-mile radius of the park.
In 1999 City officials and local builders presented a plan to develop this 32-acre parcel, know locally as "The Cornfield." In response to this threat to build
warehouses on what is almost literally the birthplace of Los Angeles, a diverse alliance of over 35-community action groups organized to stop the
construction, and convince the state of California to purchase the site for a park.
The citizen's advisory committee recommended that the park "should be connected to the struggles, the histories and the cultures of the rich and diverse
communities that have surrounded it since the site was settled." In June 2005 the Los Angeles Historic State Park debuted, with the mandate "to provide
the public with a place to learn about and to celebrate the ethnically diverse history and cultural heritage of L.A."
The Los Angeles Historic State Park is the ideal stage for the nation's first bi-lingual, multicultural Independence Day fireworks event; one which pays
tribute to and honors the pioneers who settled the City, and the citizens who fought to preserve its birthplace.
Tradition Begins Independence Eve