San Pedro gets ready for a breakout summer – as featured in the Daily Breeze

Events and headliner openings are coming to San Pedro this July. The ports and neighboring communities will be bustling this summer, and while many are happy to see the new attractions, others worry about traffic jams, lack of parking, long lines and wait times.

However, Port of Los Angeles spokesman Phillip Sanfield remains confident about the upcoming activities. Various agencies (Caltrans, Port Police and the Los Angeles Police Department) will be working together to ease traffic worries.

“Some 2,000 parking spaces will be made available adjacent to the ship’s berth, and shuttles will be in full swing. Talks are under way to use outlying parking facilities – such as lots at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington – that can be linked to San Pedro by shuttle.”

So what can we expect in the next coming weeks? See a list of events below.

June 29 (10:30 AM): Grand opening ceremony of Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, an arts-and-crafts marketplace taking place inside two historic port warehouses. Address: 112 22nd Street in San Pedro.

June 29 (5-10 PM): 4th Annual Cars and Stripes show with fireworks, music, food, vintage cars and motorcycles. Location: Fanfare Fountain on Harbor Boulevard at Swinford Street.

July 4: Korean Friendship Bell morning ceremony. Evening fireworks will follow on Cabrillo Beach.

July 5: First Thursday Art Walk with open galleries, food and entertainment. Begins at 6 PM in Downtown San Pedro.

July 6 (6 PM to 10 PM): San Pedro’s Swingin’ Salute to welcome the USS Iowa and introduce the new Tivoli Street Lights. There will be live bands, sidewalk dining and a beer and wine garden. 1940s attire and military uniforms are encouraged. Admission is free. Location: 6th Street from Pacific to Centre.

July 7-8: Old Fort MacArthur Days Living History Event at Fort MacArthur Museum in Angels Gate Park.

July 7: The USS Iowa opens for tours from 10 AM to 4 PM. Tickets available online at:

For more details, read the entire Daily Breeze article. Donna Littlejohn reports, 6/17/12.

[Image credit: Charles McCain]