July 5, 1926: Crowded scene at Ocean Park Beach, now a part of Santa Monica.
The July 6, 1926 Los Angeles Times reported:
SANTA MONICA, July 5.–All the beach cities celebrated the Fourth with patriotic and holiday programs which drew hundreds of thousands from Los Angeles and inland points. Though Sunday was on the calendar as the 150th anniversary of the birth of independence on this continent, today witnessed the main pyrotechnics of celebration. From early morning until late at night the beaches were thronged. Highways were crowded with cars and the Pacific Electric handled all its patrons only through maintaining extra service.
The beach clubs held open house for members, with swimming parties, dinner parties, dancing and other affairs. The Santa Monica Athletic Club carried out an extensive program under Doc Clancy, athletic director. Water and shore events say some flashy performances by both boys and girls who entered.
Ocean Park carried out a huge celebration, with a fireworks display put on by the Business Men’s Association. Carnival and mardi-gras features, with elaborate decorations and great quantities of confetti, entertained the crowds. Children entered a treasure hunt in which hundreds of dollars made up the rewards. Under A.A.U. direction, a rough-water swim was held. The Bay Cities chapter of the Red Cross gave interesting demonstrations of life-saving work. “Ocean Park on Fire,” the final pyrotechnic display, was a suburb set piece, remarkably realistic.
This photo accompanied the above article in the July 6, 1926 Los Angeles Times.