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Circa 1935: The acting Watson brothers -- Garry, Bobs, Delmar and Billy Watson -- watch “house afire” fireworks. This photo was taken by their older brother, Coy Watson Jr., and is in the Los Angeles Daily News Photography Archive at UCLA.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Coy Watson Jr. / Daily News Archive/UCLA

July 4, 1958: Fireworks explode above Memorial Coliseum during the 25th annual American Legion Independence Day show. This photo was published in the July 5, 1958, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry Chase / Los Angeles Times

July 4, 1966: Children set off their own fireworks on the lawn outside the Coliseum while the big show goes on overhead.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cal Montney / Los Angeles Times

July 4, 1967: Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and neighborhood kids in 800 block of S. Norton Ave. hold their annual flag-waving, kettle-beating and wagon-pulling Fourth of July parade. This photo was published in the July 5, 1967, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Cormier / Los Angeles Times

July 4, 1976: Clowns ride mini-bikes down the Los Angeles Bicentennial Fourth of July Parade route. This photo was published in the July 5, 1976, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Meyer / Los Angeles Times

July 4, 1977: Bridget Cota, 1, watches band members preparing to march in the Pacific Palisades Fourth of July parade. This photo was published in the July 5, 1977. Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Romero / Los Angeles Times

June 25, 1976: Rancher Bob Older signals for a winch operator to throw the switch to raise his 102 foot by 67 foot American flag in a test before the official ceremony on July 4. This photo was published in the June 28, 1976, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

July 4, 1978: Skateboard exhibition during the Fourth of July Freedom Festival at Christian Chapel of Walnut. This photo was published in the July 5, 1978, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

July 4, 1983: A U.S. Navy color guard marches in the Pacific Palisades Fourth of July parade. This photo was published in the July 5, 1983, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry Fisher / Los Angeles Times

June 23, 1986: Rick Burroughs of the Monterey Park Fire Department displays Roman candles, bottle rockets and other illegal fireworks confiscated in the city. This photo was published in the June 29, 1986, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lou Mack / Los Angeles Times

July 4, 1987: Ayala Lyalon, 21, left, and Nir Lilo, 25, center, both from Israel, join friend Laura Price, 24, of Pacific Palisades to watch fireworks on the beach near the Santa Monica Pier. This photo was published in the July 5, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Randy Leffingwell / Los Angeles Times

July 4, 1986: A 50-foot inflatable facsimile of the Statue of Liberty begins to take shape at the Rose Bowl as producers of the Rose Bowl fireworks show get ready for the big event.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ken Lubas / Los Angeles Times

July 4, 1990: Fireworks explode over Santa Monica shore. This photo was published in the July 5, 1990, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Galvez / Los Angeles Times

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In the July 5, 1967 Los Angeles Times, staff writer John Dreyfuss reported on Independence Day celebrations:

Southlanders celebrated Independence Day by attending picnics and parades of all sizes and by flocking to beaches and parks.

Thousands later closed the holiday by attending fireworks displays at the Colisuem, Rose Bowl and at local parks and amusement centers.

In Ontario, police estimated 20,000 persons picnicked at a mile-and-a-half long table in the center divider of the town’s main street. And in parks throughout the Southland, family groups gathered to enjoy Fourth of July barbecues.

Traditional Independence Day parades were viewed by flag-waving crowds in many communities.

One of the biggest parades was in Huntington Beach, where about 2,750 persons in bands, equestrian units and marching teams gathered from throughout Southern California for the 63rd Annual Junior Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July parade.

Billy Fitzgerald, 11, of S. Norton Ave., led a smaller parade. He set out from home with 25 young companions on a six block march accented by clanging pots and pans.

By the time Billy returned home at the head of his neighborhood’s Sixth Annual Fourth of July Parade, he was followed by 50 youngsters who lined up for chocolate cookies and punch. Most were dressed in red, white and blue outfits or Scout uniforms.

A photo from the 1967 S. Norton Ave. parade is in the above photo gallery, along with other images from the 1930s to 1990.

Have a happy Fourth of July!

Scott Harrison

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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