Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is the annual celebration of nationhood. It commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
If you have not figured out what you are doing for the holiday yet, here are some great options that I recently found online. This is a list from last year I have cleaned it but so prices and times may have changed.
Hope you all enjoy and have a safe 4th of July…
NBC Television Celebrates the 4th
To celebrate July 4th this year, NBC will bring together stars of stage and screen on their channel starting at 9 p.m.
The event will be televised live from New York City but will air in Los Angeles on a tape delay. For those of you without fireworks in your local vicinity– or who may just want to stay in your own home– the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks spectacular is the place to be!
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
Nathan’s Famous, Inc. is readying for its 96th annual July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest. For the eighth consecutive year, ESPN will televise the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest from Coney Island, N.Y., Monday at 12 p.m. ET. Paul Page will provide bite-by-bite commentary with Major League Eating’s Shea brothers (Rich and George) and reporter Renee Herlocker. The competition will also be available live via ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV.
The one-hour telecast will include the 10-minute, all-you-can-eat contest featuring eaters from around the world including American Joey Chestnut, who has won the previous four events. Chestnut is the world record holder having consumed 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes during the 2008 competition.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Nathan’s Famous Flagship Restaurant
1310 Surf Avenue (at Stillwell Avenue)
Coney Island, Brooklyn
10:00 a.m. – Pre-Show Begins
11:30 a.m. – Women’s Championship
12:00 p.m. – Men’s Championship
4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl
One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors
When: July 4th, food court opens at 2 pm; stadium opens at 6 pm, Drum and Bugle performances begin at 7, Fireworks at 9:05 pm.
Where: The Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
Cost: $13 General Admission, Kids 7 and under free, advance tickets go on sale in May through www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets go on sale at the gate about a week before the event. Cash only at the stadium.
Parking: $15 cash for cars
Info: 626-577-3100 , www.rosebowlstadium.com/RoseBowl_Americafest.php
Palisades Americanism Parade
Old fashioned Independence Day Parade followed by entertainment and a fireworks display.
When: July 4th, 2:00 parade, 6:30 pm entertainment, 9 pm fireworks
Where: Parade on Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades between via de la Paz and Drummond St., Entertainment and fireworks at Palisades Charter High School.
July 4th Fireworks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
This free fireworks show launched from near the LA Memorial Coliseum is not actually in the Coliseum, but can be viewed from areas around Exposition Park including from Christmas Tree Lane or from the south lawn. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show.
When: July 4, 8:45 pm
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3911 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA
Parking: available at 39th and Figueroa St.; Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Hoover St.; also at the USC Campus
Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
Body building pageant on the beach.
When: July 4th, 9 am to 5 pm, pre-judging 10 am, finals 1 pm
Where: Venice Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach
Cost: Free to watch, $80 to compete
Info: 310-399-2775 , http://musclebeachvenice.com
4th of July BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific
Enjoy the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks. Combo tickets include admission to the aquarium plus an Independence Day B-B-Q buffet with home-style grilled entrees and decadent deserts.
When: July 4, 5:00 – 10:00 pm Dinner 6 – 8 pm, Aquarium opens at 9 am
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach
Cost: Aquarium Admission is $11.95 for everyone after 5 pm. Regular admission is $20.95 Adult, $11.95 child 3-11, $17.95 seniors, Aquarium plus dinner $34 Adult, $27 Child. Advance reservations required for dinner.
Info: 562-590-3100 , http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/newsevents/eventsdetail/4th_of_july/
Queen Mary BBQ, Brews and Red, White & Blues
The Queen Mary Independence Day celebration will be an old-fashioned BBQ. There will be live music, strolling entertainers and a children’s area, culminating in the spectacular 4th of July fireworks show. Special hotel rates are available.
When: July 3-4 11 am to 9 pm, Fireworks on the 4th at 9:00 pm (DJ on the back of the ship from 8 pm – 11 pm)
Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $24.95 Adult, $12.95 children 5-11, $21.95 military/seniors, tickets at the box office or online, check Goldstar.com for discount tickets.
Long Beach Kids’ July 4th Bike Parade
Children and adults are encouraged to decorate their bikes and themselves for this annual patriotic procession on wheels that takes place on the beach bike path in Long Beach. In addition to the bike parade, the event will include competitions for children 12 and younger, including a Patriotic Oratory Competition (advance submission required), watermelon seed spitting, and patriotic costume contest.
When: 10 am
Where: Granada Ave and the bike path, Long Beach, CA 90803
Parking: Free parking in Granada Beach Lot for the event, metered street parking
July 4th Fireworks Festival in Studio City
This is a fun-filled family festival featuring exhibits, music, food, fireworks, a children’s fun zone, and a business exposition in a back lot at CBS Studios.
When: July 4, 5:00 – 9:30 pm, gates open at 4:30 pm
Where: CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, Los Angeles
Cost: Adults $15 advance, $20 at the gate, Children 6-12 $8 advance, $10 at the gate, add $20 for rooftop viewing access or pay $100 for VIP tickets.
Info: 818-655-5916 , www.studiocitychamber.com
Annual Dennis P. Zine July 4th Extravaganza in Woodland Hills
Huge Fourth of July fireworks festival in the West Valley with food vendors, play zone, a free concert and fireworks show.
When: July 4, Concert 6:00 – 8:00 pm, fireworks to live music at 9:05 pm
Where: Warner Park, 5800, Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
Parking: $15 in any of the Warner Center structures between Topanga and Canoga or Califa and Oxnard
Info: 818-704-1358 , http://valleycultural.org/councilman-dennis-p-zines-july-4th-extravaganza-july-4-2011-6pm/
4th of July Spectacular in Porter Ranch
The FREE festival and fireworks show at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch includes moon bounces and face painting for the children, an outdoor stage show as well as optional food purchases from over a dozen local food vendors; all capped off with a twenty-one minute aerial fireworks display.
When: July 4, 4:30 pm – 10 pm, Gates open at 4:30
Where: Shepherd of the Hills Church , 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, CA 91326
Independence Day Celebration and Parade in Huntington Beach
The “largest and oldest parade of its kind west of the Mississippi,” a 5K run/walk, bands, clowns, celebrities, floats and fireworks on “Surf City’s” famous Main Street.
When: Parade July 4, Festival July 2, 3, 4
Where: Festival at Pier Plaza at Huntington Beach Pier, Parade runs along Main Street from Pacific Coast Highway to Clay Ave.
Cost: Free, reserved parade seating and fireworks seating is available for a fee.
City of Diamond Bar’s Annual 4th of July Blast
Spend the summer afternoon at the park with family, friends, and neighbors. Bring a picnic or enjoy a variety of concessions available. Kids’ crafts, face painting, and patriotic musical performances lead up to the fireworks display.
When: July 4, 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Diamond Bar High School, 21400 Pathfinder Rd, Diamond Bar
Info: 909-839-7070 , http://www.cityofdiamondbar.com/Index.aspx?page=7&recordid=9497
Old Glory Boat Parade Newport Beach
Decorated boats parade through Newport Harbor
When: July 4, 1-5 pm
Where: Newport Harbor/Balboa Island
Info: (949) 673-5070 , http://www.balboa-island.net/e4bp.htm
Dana Point 4th of July Fireworks Show
The City of Dana Point presents an aerial sky show, Arrive early to picnic over the Harbor on the cliffs of Blue Lantern Park or Heritage Park.
When: July 4, 9 pm, beach opens at 6 am
Where: Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
Info: (949) 248-3530, http://www.danapoint.org/?page=68&recordid=4288&returnURL=%2findex.aspx
Note: Fireworks are NOT permitted on the beach.
Fullerton Community Fireworks Show and Festival
An old-fashioned Fourth of July party, the festival features live entertainment, games for all ages, food booths and a special aerial fireworks display.
When: July 4, 5-9:30
Where: Fullerton High School Stadium, Lemon St. & Berkeley Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832
Cost: Free. Fee for some activities
Info:(714) 738-6545 , www.cityoffullerton.com
Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky
A special 4th of July fireworks display over Disneyland set to music.
When: July 1-4, 9:30 pm
Where: Disneyland California
Cost: Regular Disneyland Admission applies