Monterey Park's Birthday Celebration

Help Rename the Birthday Celebration

Note: Due to community feedback, the renaming survey has been revised as of February 14. Residents are invited to take the updated survey.

In an effort to increase attendance at the annual carnival and parade, community input is desired to help rename the annual birthday celebration traditionally referred to as “Play Days.” Residents may cast their vote online or in person by visiting the Recreation and Community Services Department, located at City Hall, 320 W. Newmark Ave. 

Every vote counts and the deadline to submit your vote is Sunday, February 24, 2019. 

Survey results will be provided to the Monterey Park City Council at a future meeting. 

Thursday-Sunday, May 9-12, 2019, Barnes Park

Celebrate Monterey Park's 103rd birthday and our recognition as one of America's best places to live and raise a family at the annual birthday carnival and parade.

Birthday Celebration Parade

Fun for the entire family with local high school bands, dance groups, community organizations, businesses and VIPs. 
  • Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.
  • New route for 2019: Parade will start at Ramona/Newmark and proceed north to Garvey Ave., West to Chandler Ave., south to Newmark Ave. and East to McPherrin Ave. Parade ends at Barnes Park at the carnival. New route map (JPG).
  • FREE parade entry for bands, drill teams, JROTC, service clubs, local community organizations, novelty and more. Click here for downloadable parade application.

Birthday Celebration Carnival

Four days of thrilling rides and live entertainment at Barnes Park.
  • Thursday, 5-10 p.m.
  • Friday, 5-11 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Noon-11 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1-10 p.m.

Barnes Park is located at 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754. For more information, please contact or 626-307-1388.