Thousands Celebrate Fourth of July at DTLA’s Grand Park With Dancing, Fireworks and Face Paint

The melting pot that is America — and Los Angeles — was on display Tuesday at a Fourth of July celebration in downtown’s Grand Park.

By late afternoon, hundreds of people milled across closed streets, snapping selfies with sno-cones or perusing food trucks selling grilled cheese and pizza. Many wore some variation of red, white and blue. Some wore Dodgers gear.

There were young couples who walked hand in hand. Families who took turns pushing strollers. Groups of teenagers who laughed as they posed for pictures. They came to Grand Park from Pasadena, Inglewood, West L.A., Reseda — many for the first time, looking for a new way to spend the holiday.

Natalie Ayala, 15, stood in the center of a closed First Street with her mom and two sisters, soaking it all in. The Fourth of July symbolized freedom and independence, she said, but also something else.

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