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Palm Desert's Patriotic Listening Party Offers Unique Way to Celebrate July 4

Post Date:06/18/2020

Celebrate our nation’s independence and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime shared experience by joining in a community-wide patriotic listening party on Saturday, July 4, starting at 9 p.m.

Everyone in Palm Desert is encouraged to head outside at that time and tune in and turn up their radios or other devices as two local radio stations – 98.5 the Bull and U-92.7 – play a section of favorite patriotic tunes in synchronized stereo. The goals is to let music and freedom ring out under the stars for all to hear. Residents and visitors are invited to post pictures of their listening party experiences on social media using the hashtag #UnitePalmDesert. The City is also working with select local restaurants that will offer Independence Day "picnic baskets," which holiday revelers can pre-order and enjoy at home before, during, or after the listening party. 

The musical pyrotechnics that will highlight this unique event are being offered in lieu of the City’s traditional annual fireworks display and concert in Civic Center Park due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Listening party participants are encouraged to observe all public health guidelines including social distancing and face coverings, if appropriate.

The listening party is part of Unite Palm Desert, a campaign created to support and rally Palm Desert residents and businesses through the pandemic and beyond. 

In addition to fun events, Unite Palm Desert includes serious initiatives such as the City’s economic relief package, which is expected to deliver up to $3 million in public support across the community. The umbrella relief package includes no-interest loans to small businesses, a hospitality incentive program, community grants, emergency rental assistance, homelessness assistance, and more. Unite Palm Desert involves a wide variety of community and regional  partners including: FIND Food Bank; the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce; El Paseo Parking & Business Improvement District; Joslyn Center; Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens; McCallum Theatre; Palm Desert High School; and Desert Willow Golf Resort.

For more information about Unite Palm Desert and the City’s Independence Day listening party, please visit For more information, please email

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