For the first time, the eight annual Grand Park + The Music Center’s Fourth of July Block Party: Home Edition has partnered with ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, Southern California’s most-watched television station, to broadcast the first hour of the event on July 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. on ABC7.
Viewers can also stream the first hour live on abc7.com and ABC7’s connected TV apps. The special will simulcast on L.A. County’s public access Channel 36 and will continue with expanded programming streamed from 8 to 10 p.m. on Grand Park’s and the Music Center’s digital channels.
The event will be hosted by ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor Coleen Sullivan, who will be joined throughout the special by Eyewitness Newsmakers’ host Adrienne Alpert and community journalists Sophie Flay, Ashley Mackey and Eric Resendiz.
Grand Park + The Music Center’s Fourth of July Block Party: Home Edition will feature performances and profiles of more than 25 local artists and community partners.
While the family-friendly, free event pivoted to online platforms due to restrictions limiting large public gatherings, it will now also be accessible to television audiences through this unique partnerships.
The park will remain open on July 4, as it had been a central site for civil demonstrations; however, there will be no programming available in the park or the traditional fireworks show.
Rapper and songwriter D Smoke, Daniel Anthony Farris, will headline the event, performing songs from his debut album, “Black Habits.” The Inglewood native was the winner of Netflix’s music competition show “Rhythm & Flow” in 2019.
Additional music performances will include Latinx performer San Cha, bedroom pop singer Ginger Root and dancehall newcomer Amindi.
The line-up also includes Filipino-American comedians from Filipino AF performing improv and sketch routines.
Plant-based Street Tacos chef Jocelyn Ramirez will also host a cooking demonstration.
The remainder of the program features the viewpoints of L.A.-based personalities sharing their personal stories and cultural perspectives of what it means to be an Angeleno.
“For seven years, Grand Park + The Music Center’s Fourth of July Block Party has provided a space where neighbors from across Los Angeles were welcomed and invited to lift one another up through music, dancing and art,” said Rachel Moore, president and CEO of the Music Center. “We may not be able to gather physically this year, but we can still bring a sense of unity to this virtual event, and appreciate the power of the arts to heal, connect and celebrate the diversity in our county.”
“Grand Park is heeding the call as L.A.’s central gathering place by providing a virtual platform of joy, cultural expression, reflection and community on July 4,” said Julia Diamond, director of Grand Park.
For information, visit july4.grandparkla.org.
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