Independence Day concert to feature local bands, celebrate opening of new park space

Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson and the Long Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department will host a free concert on July 4 that will feature the Long Beach Junior Concert Band and Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats to celebrate Independence Day and to provide a “park preview” to unveil the first stage of what will ultimately be the largest park built in Long Beach since El Dorado Park in 1952.
The event will take place at 2745 Orange Ave., between Spring and Willow streets. The gate will open at 6pm, and the music will begin at 7pm. Attendees are encouraged to take lawn chairs and food to picnic.
“This will be a 4th of July to remember, as we celebrate the beginning of what will be the first regional park for North, Central, and West Long Beach,” Johnson said. “Come be part of the history of Long Beach as we celebrate our nation’s great history.”
The first stage of the park consists of the highest four acres in Long Beach, with sweeping views of the sunset, the Pacific Ocean, and downtown Los Angeles. On the 4th of July, residents may listen to the bands, watch the sun set, see any fireworks that may be on display, and celebrate the beginning of the regional open space opportunity.
According to Johnson, Signal Hill Petroleum has made significant contributions in the development of the initial four-acre park, including improvements to fencing and the entrances, parking, walking paths, painting and more.
“This has been a great opportunity for our company to contribute and be a part of a team that is creating this amazing new open space for the Long Beach community,” said David Slater, executive vice president of Signal Hill Petroleum.
The site, which began as the city’s original water source in 1882, has played a large part in the history of Long Beach, including leading to the naming of Willow and Spring streets. To learn more about the history and future of this 47-acre park, visit and join The Friends of California Gardens on Facebook at .

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