Big Bang 2018

Fireworks explode over Alamitos Bay last year to climax the Big Bang on the Bay celebration.

Big Bang on the Bay will be back on Wednesday, July 3, and tickets for the big block party are on sale now.

Big Bang on the Bay is produced by Boathouse on the Bay, and includes fireworks, vintage aircraft flyovers and sky divers. Partiers on the Alamitos Bay Landing side of the bay entry also get to see the finish of the Long Beach Yacht Club Wet Wednesdays regatta.

Tickets to the outdoor block party are sold to benefit Children Today. The block party includes live music and a family-style barbecue dinner catered by Naples Rib Company. Block party tickets are $50 per person, $30 for children 10 and younger. VIP tables for 10 also are available for $1,000 each.

Inside and patio seating is sold separately by restaurants. At Boathouse by the Bay, inside seats are $60 plus tax and 20% tip, patio seats are $95 plus tax and 20% tip.

General admission seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To buy block party tickets, go to www.bidpal.net/bigbangonthebay. Call the Boathouse at 562-493-1100 for more information or seats there.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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