by on July 1, 2015
Fourth of July 2015

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.


Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach

2:00 p.m. July 4
$44 online/$49 walk-up adult, $25 online/$29 walk-up kids; $99 VIP
Fourth of July Music

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Smokey Robinson
Launched in 1934, the RMS Queen Mary made her maiden voyage in 1936 and transported passengers across the North Atlantic before becoming a troop ship during World War II. She returned to passenger service after the war but in 1967 docked in Long Beach Harbor for good, due to the rise of the jet age. Given her history and landmark status, the stately ship is an appropriate venue for the Queen Mary’s 2015 All-American July Fourth Celebration. The jubilee features entertainment spanning a full century, from a traveling circus and a Gatsby-esque garden party to a Prohibition-era speakeasy and WWII-themed live entertainment such as Peter Jacobs Wartime Revue, the USO Dollz and the Swingin’ Hollywood Hot Shots. The occasion also marks the Queen Mary’s public unveiling of the world’s largest Lego brick ship model — plus fireworks, of course.

Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

3:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. July 4

Grand Park’s Fourth of July Block Party is just like the suburban block parties of your youth — except it stretches for eight blocks in the middle of downtown and features more than 30 food vendors, live music, KCRW DJs and mural painting. In keeping with the block-party theme, two stages — the Front Yard and the Backyard — will provide continuous live entertainment culminating with a (legal!) rooftop firework display that will put your uncle’s to shame. You can sprawl out on one of the many lawns with a picnic. Just don’t try to bring any booze to the party — this is a dry event.

The Echoplex
1154 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Echo Park
If you’re a fan of surf-punk parties, you’ve probably been missing Beach Party over the past few months. Laboring long and hard over their just-released EP Ripper, Beach Party kick off their comeback with a monthlong residency at the Echo — but going big for this first week and starting off downstairs at the Echoplex. They’ve shared stages with Best Coast and The Black Lips, but what makes them worth their own headlining gig is their relentless dedication to a good time and unchained, lo-fi surf jangles. Known for keeping company with such locals as Ty Segall, Feels, No Parents and Cherry Glazerr, this is definitely the kind of night you won’t want to miss. New York’s own surf rocker Juan Wauters sets the vibes

UCB Sunset
5419 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Details $5
8:30 p.m. July 6

He hosts Let’s Make a Deal and has sung on Broadway, but everyone knows Wayne Brady as the master of improv singing on Whose Line Is It Anyway. Tonight, he invites two gutsy members of the crowd to join fellow improv performers Jonathan Mangum, Eliza Skinner, Matt Geiler and Ross Bryant and face off in an improvised musical where contestants must on the spot “rhyme, sing and dance their way to victory” as determined by the audience. If you like the element of surprise and making a fool of yourself, this is the show for you.

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Lily of the valley
I remember visiting the Queen Mary once as a kid on the 4th...Oh how I miss home!