8 Places to Celebrate Independence Day All Weekend

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Although some 4th of July celebrations started as early as yesterday, there are still plenty of opportunities to get out, enjoy the summer and see fireworks. In fact, in addition to today’s events there will be July Fourth parties continuing through Friday and Saturday. Wherever you gather, have a safe holiday by letting the pros handle the fireworks.

Here are some of the events scheduled to take place in Long Beach and the surrounding area. 

4th of July Events

Get up early for the 4th of July Bike Parade. Registration starts at 9:15 a.m. The bike ride kicks off at 10 a.m. from Granada Avenue Boat Launch Ramp, 1 Granada Ave. Long Beach, CA 90803. Ride your decorated bike along the Shoreline Bike Path. Contests for patriot speech and costume and watermelon seed spitting.

The newly opened Willow Springs Park is playing host to its first major 4th of July festival, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the park’s Longview Point. Bring the kids out for food trucks, fun activities and listen to The Bernie Pearl Quartet beginning at 7:00 p.m. As a plus, watch all of the local firework shows afterward from the highest accessible point in Long Beach.

Have fun for free at the Long Beach Municipal Band Concert from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Marine Stadium. Celebrate the 104th Anniversary of the Long Beach Municipal Band and the “Sounds of Summer.” The concert theme is “Star Spangled Special.” Marine Stadium is located at East Appian Way and East Colorado Street. For more information, call (562) 570-3100.

The Sea Festival Pier Daze at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier will include free live entertainment all day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Party on the Pier, July 4th, Belmont Pier, day long celebration of our nations birthday, music, bbq, kids zone, vendors and the City of Long Beaches fireworks display at 9:00 pm. This event has a $20 admission fee which includes a donation to Young Horizons and a BBQ plate, kids under 16 are free with a paid adult admission. More information at www.alfredosbeachclub.com

Fireworks Celebrations

The Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July event will celebrate each American decade. Starting at noon, indulge in the golden era with all American favorites aboard The Queen Mary including a unicyclist, face painter, and even a stilt walking Uncle Sam. At 4pm, the 1940s will be in full swing followed by the ’60s at 6pm. At 9pm it’s time for fireworks which kick off a party that celebrates the 1990s to the current day. Adult admission is $39.99, children are $19.99. Parking not included. For details visit queenmary.com/events/july-fourth.php or call (877) 342-0738.

Families will be able to witness the ambiance of the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the City of Long Beach fireworks display. Wave the flag, watch the fireworks, and enjoy some freshly grilled BBQ from 6p.m. to 8 p.m. with the Aquarium of the Pacific. Visitors will also be able to journey inside the Aquarium to see wonders of the sea. The Aquarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., with discounted admission starting at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $14.95 per person and free for kids ages 3 and under. BBQ and admission combo ticket is $42 for adults and $32 for children ages 3-11. Visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/july_4th/ for more information.

Lakewood Civic Center Block Party will kick off at 4:00 p.m. and will end with a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Location: 5050 Clark Ave. Lakewood, 90712. For more information please call (562) 866-9771, ext. 2408 or visit: http://www.lakewoodcity.org.

July Fourth Weekend

Independence Day celebrations continue all weekend. On Friday at 6:30 p.m., the free Municipal Band presents an encore performance of their “Star-Spangled Special” at El Dorado Park West. Then, on Saturday at about 9:30 p.m., the Long Beach Funk Fest at the Downtown Promenade (east of Pine Avenue between First and Third streets) will include a fireworks show and live entertainment.

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