Community Members Prepare to Celebrate With Amended Set of Traditions
By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
The Palisades Americanism Parade Association’s 2020 theme rings true: “Celebrating a Different Kind of 4th.”
With beloved traditions already canceled and amended, the community received word on Monday, June 29, that beaches would be closed over the Fourth of July weekend.
Days after Los Angeles was ordered to close bars down again, the Department of Public Health issued a modified Health Officer Order that included a temporary closure of beaches countywide from Friday, July 3, at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, July 6, at 5 a.m.
“Parking lots, the beach bike path and beach accessways will also be closed,” a representative from the County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches & Harbors said.
“The County of Los Angeles and its Department of Public Health have recently observed a sharp increase in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations,” the order reports. “Los Angeles County during the previous week has averaged well-over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases per day.”
As of June 28, according to the order, there were 1,717 people hospitalized with COVID-19—a number that is “significantly higher than the previously steady rates” of 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations during May and early June. The cumulative COVID-19 testing positivity rate has increased in the county from 8% to 9%, with the seven-day average of the daily positivity rate increasing during the previous two weeks from 5.8% to 8.7%.
“These unfortunate statistics show the reality of increased community transmission of COVID-19,” the order states. “The upsurge in these COVID-19 indicators require actions to limit the level of person-to-person contacts, in order to avert an overwhelming of hospitals within the county.”
As the Palisadian-Post went to print on Tuesday, the number of positive cases in the Palisades had reached 71, with nine additional in the Palisades Highlands. Across the county, there were 103,529 cases with 3,369 deaths.
The June 29 order also prohibits all firework shows—defined here as displays that are intended for viewing by more than one household of persons—until further notice.
Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore reported that he has “received several emails regarding illegal fireworks being used in the Palisades.” He offered a link (complaint.lacity.org/Complaint/fireworks) that accepts complaints within the city limits of Los Angeles.
Though many beloved Fourth of July traditions—including the Palisades Will Rogers 5 & 10K Run, parade and fireworks—have been canceled, the community is preparing to celebrate 2020 with a mixture of new and old events, all retooled to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
The complete schedule includes an expanded Home Decorating Contest, Condor Squadron Flyover, Kids on Bikes Best Decorated Bike/Scooter Contest and virtual edition of the Palisades Rocks the Fourth concert.
A projected highlight of this year’s concert will be at 9 p.m. when the entire community is invited to go outside for a sing-along of “This Land is Your Land,” featuring the cast of Palisades Rocks the Fourth performers.
“On behalf of the Palisades Americanism Parade Association and the Palisades-Will Rogers 5K/10K Run Foundation, we wish you and your family the very best,” Matthew Rodman, Parade (PAPA) president, and Brian Shea, Will Rogers 5/10K Race president, shared in a letter to the community ahead of the Fourth of July. “Palisadians have a history of sticking together, helping our neighbors and always persevering. This year, let us redouble our efforts to support each other.”
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