This time the city put up a bunch of yellow tape surrounding the firework staging area which moved over to the baseball diamond (versus the middle of the grassy area). But at least a half hour before the show started, they allowed people to get in closer to the action.
This year I went the route of just brining my DJI Osmo Pocket to record the festivities.
Overall was a great experience with the concert, people, fireworks that night. Thank you Monterey Park, we had a great time!