I did a bit of research about the history of Los Angeles, specifically its history during the Mexican-American War.
The war was fought in California in 1846 and early 1847, with American forces driving the Mexicans out of California. The United States and Mexico signed the Treaty of Capitulation at Cahuenga Pass on January 13, 1847. This treaty established the land which is now California as belonging to the United States.
At the end of the war itself, the American southwest as we know it (with the exception of the Gadsen Purchase which was added at the beginning of the 20th Century) was added to the United States via the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed on February 2, 1848.
The treaty ended the war and gave the U.S undisputed control of Texas as well as California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming. What many people don't know is that in return, Mexico received $18,250,000, the equivalent of $627,500,000 in mid-2000s dollars. So it wasn't like we stole it from them.
Anyway, my research was to find out the significance of the July 4, 1847 date and how it relates to the City of Los Angeles. So as it turns out, it is the first United States Independence Day celebrated in Los Angeles after winning the city from Mexico. The celebration, which came in the midst of a war, was certainly a very patriotic affair to be sure. I have no problem if they feel like re-creating that. It was the first Independence Day when Los Angeles was a part of this country. The first time Los Angeles celebrated its freedom. The first time Los Angeles celebrated in unison with all other American cities across this great land.
So I don't really think they are seeking to replace Independence Day with this celebration. In fact, while I'm sure some of you think of this as a victory for the Mexicans who want L.A. to become a part of Mexico again, what they are actually doing is recreating the ceremony where the Americans of Los Angeles celebrated because they had driven the Mexicans out. How about that.
Kind of thought this was a different perspective on the topic. Let me know what you think.
The Gadsen Purchase was in 1853. I was confusing that with the year of statehood for both Arizona and New Mexico, which was 1912.
Well I think it is a interesting side and I would have to say that maybe you have a point, but I would also think that the average resident of Los Angeles, would in all probablity take it the other way. This day should be set aside as a National Holiday only!!....this is our NATION'S Independence Day.Thanks for sharing that though.