The Fourth of July is one of Long Beach's biggest and best parties, with action all over town. Here's what scheduled for today, Thursday.
The Rock the Fourth Marathon/Half/15K/10K/5K starts as early as 5 a.m. at Marina Vista Park, 5200 E. Eliot St. Entry fees start at $25. Go to www.active.com and search Rock the 4th.
Everyone is invited to a Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Shoreline Yacht Club, 386 Shoreline Dr. All-you-eat pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverage is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and younger. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated dinghies in the dinghy parade starting at 2 p.m.
The Los Altos Neighborhood Whaley Park Fourth of July Bike, Stroller and Pet Parade starts at 9 a.m. at San Anseline Avenue and E. Los Santos Drive.
The Great American Fourth of July Kids' Bike Parade starts at 10 a.m. on the beach at Granada Avenue. It's preceded by a kids' patriotic speech contest at 9:40 a.m. and a kids' patriotic costume contest at 9:50 a.m. Those walking or riding in the parade should register at www.justinrudd.com.
Festivities at the Queen Mary begin at 3 p.m. and include the traditional fireworks display after dark and a very special visit from the Cunard Line's ship Queen Elizabeth, which will greet the Queen Mary in a "Royal Rendezvous" before the fireworks show. There will be several locations around the ship offering live music, a Kids Zone, and an air show with WW II-era Marine Corps T-6 Texan airplanes. Tickets start at $29 online ($39 day-of). VIP passes and cabana packages are all available. Go to www.queenmary.com/events/july-fourth/.
The Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos party begins at 4 p.m. with fireworks scheduled at 9 p.m. The King Salmon Band will perform along with the 40th Infantry Division Band, there will be a family fun area and much more. Admission is free. Enter through the Lexington or Orangewood Gates.
A Fourth of July celebration supporting the Long Beach K-9 Officers Association runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at 5931 E. Fairbrook St. It features free food and beverages and live entertainment from The Broughams and Jon Jeffries. Donations will be accepted support of active and retired K-9 officers.
Fuego at the Hotel Maya offers front row viewing for the fireworks, a buffet from 6 to 9 p.m. and live music from Mike Vitale and The Chemicals. The buffet includes ribs, Kielbasa sausages, beef sliders, watermelon salad, grilled vegetables and much more. It's $79 for adults, and $33 for ages 12 and younger. Reservations are suggested for the buffet. Call 562-481-3910 or go to www.facebook.com/fuegolongbeach. Hotel Maya's seaside pool and bar will be open from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. The Fuego at Hotel Maya is at 700 Queensway Dr.
The Red, White and Boom Party runs from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Reef, 880 S. Harbor Scenic Dr. Featuring an excellent view of the fireworks, they'll serve a buffet including a Chef grilling sausages, sliders, hot dogs, barbecue ribs and chicken, potato salad and more. The price is $52 for adults and $25 for children. For reservations, call 562-435-8013.