Given that large gatherings continue to be prohibited to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of the community, the City of Monrovia has modified the 2020 summer events. This summer, the City of Monrovia is holding its first-ever decorating contest to celebrate Independence Day, launching new virtual recreation classes and activities and welcoming back the Monrovia Street Fair & Market.
The summer edition of the Monrovia Today will be available online in the first week of July. Fitness classes, dance lessons, academic support programs and much more will be offered to residents and community members to virtually participate in during the summer season. To make access to virtual programs, this year the Monrovia Today will be digital and residents will not receive a physical copy. In the upcoming week, a postcard should arrive in homes with a QR code to scan, leading to the digital Monrovia Today. Registration for programs, events and classes will begin on July 6.
Monrovia Street Fair & Market
The Monrovia Street Fair & Market will return on July 3 at 5 p.m. In order to keep in compliance with physical distancing protocols, the Monrovia Street Fair & Market will implement a few changes.
The market will be condensed and located on Myrtle Avenue between Olive Avenue and Walnut Avenue. To avoid crowding, a limited number of visitors may occupy the marketplace at one time. Visitors may be asked to wait when the market has reached capacity. In addition, there will be one entry in, at Olive Avenue, and one exit out. Those visiting will see a temporary discontinuation of the kids’ play area and entertainment, and the addition of hand wash and hand sanitizer stations.
4th of July Celebration
There will be no fireworks show this 4th of July in Library Park. For this year’s celebration, resident are encouraged to take a few minutes to experience a portion of the 2019 Fireworks Spectacular Show. This video will also give thanks to Monrovia’s Blue Star Families and show appreciation to those serving the country. The video will air on Saturday, July 4, at 5 p.m. It can be viewed on the city’s website, Facebook page and YouTube.
The City of Monrovia will also host a 4th of July Home Decorating Contest and an Old Town Monrovia Window Decorating Contest. All Monrovians are encouraged to break out their bunting, American Flags, banners and balloons and show they are “Monrovia Strong.” To register for the competition, visit the City of Monrovia’s website. Judging for the competition will take place on July 1 and July 2, with the winners announced and maps made available on July 3.
Summer Concerts in the Park
Concerts in the Park, held at Station Square and Library Park last year, will not be hosted this summer. Instead, the community is invited to tune into Sunday Funday Flashback Concerts, beginning on July 12 through Aug. 23. Each Sunday, the City of Monrovia will share a concert from the past for the community to enjoy. Tune into KGEM-TV channel 3 (Spectrum) or channel 87.3 (Giggle), at 5 p.m., to watch the concerts, or stream the concerts on YouTube.
Movies in the Park
The Community Services Department will host the 2020 Movies in the Park, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. on designated days. Families are encouraged to pack lawn chairs or blankets, sit back, and enjoy a movie underneath the stars.
Reservations will be required to attend. All events will have designated family reservation spots to ensure physical distancing to keep guests safe and healthy. Those interested can sign-up by clicking on the links in the digital Monrovia Today.
- July 18 – Detective Pikachu.
- July 25 – Little Rascals.
- August 1 – Frozen 2.
- August 8 – Toy Story 4.
For the health and safety of the community and employees, those attending Movies in the Park are asked to follow the guidelines established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, including wearing a face covering and remaining 6 feet away from those outside of their own household. Additional restrictions and/or cancellation may apply.
Comfy Camping at Home Family Adventure
The Comfy Camping at Home Family Adventure is a six-week challenge. Registered participants will earn merit badges pins for each completed challenge. In addition, participants will receive special access to unique story times and activities. Those interested can register by clicking on the links in the digital Monrovia Today.
The program will run from July 25 to Aug. 29.
- Challenge 1: Build your tent or fort.
- Challenge 2: Take a community hike / scavenger hunt.
- Challenge 3: Share your scrumptious camping dinner.
- Challenge 4: Create an ooey gooey goodness s’more.
- Challenge 5: Star gazing discovery.
- Challenge 6: Insect safari.
For more information on the summer programs, call the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246 or visit cityofmonrovia.org.