Fireworks festival starts at 5 p.m.

DOWNEY - The 2010 Fourth of July fireworks event will start at 5 p.m. at Downey High School.The festivities will include live music from 5-8:30 p.m. Several booths operated by Downey High Booster groups will be selling food and drinks. There will also be activities for children at the west end of the football field. There will be a short, official ceremony at 8:30 p.m. with city and DUSD officials speaking and a recognition of the event sponsors. The fireworks display will begin promptly at 9 p.m. Access to the high school grounds will be available from three routes. From the east, attendees can enter from Lakewood Boulevard through the baseball field parking lot. From the south, attendees can enter from the south campus parking lot (Firestone and Brookshire). From the west, attendees can enter from the football field parking lot. The parking lots at Downey High School will all be open (baseball, football, south side). The parking lots at Stonewood Center and around City Hall will also be available. There will be no special bus service for the event. Handicap parking will be available in the football parking lot located off of Brookshire Avenue. Parking will also be available on the adjacent streets where allowed. The fireworks will be discharged from the center of the campus. Therefore, the football field and the visitor side bleachers will be ideal places for viewing the fireworks display. The varsity baseball field will also be open for attendees. Attendees may bring their own blankets and chairs for use on the football and baseball fields. The track surface around the football field will be kept open as a walkway and emergency access. Ice chests will be permitted. However, all ice chests are subject to search by Downey police officers who will be providing security for the event. No alcohol, barbeques, fireworks or pets will be allowed in the football or baseball field areas or on any of the high school grounds. This year's Fourth of July event is entirely funded by private donations. No city funds will be used for the event. If you have questions, call (562) 904-6107 or e-mail

********** Published: July 1, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 11