It's home to the world's oldest McDonald's and the site of the first ever Taco Bell.
But the city of Downey is more than just a touchstone in the history of fast food. It played a big role in pop music - the Beach Boys grew up there.
And in putting a man on the moon.
The rockets and landing craft for the Apollo Space Program were built at a NASA plant in Downey which is why Charles Phoenix will be there this weekend.
He's hosting a holiday lighting party tomorrow at the city's Columbia Memorial Space Center. He spoke with Alex Cohen and gave her a sneak preview.
To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above.