Fourth of July is next Wednesday, so here’ s a roundup of celebrations on and close to Independence Day. Unless otherwise specified, everything is on July 4.
The Long Beach Junior Concert Marching Band and free hot dogs from the Fire Department of part of the celebration from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. Fourth St. Also providing entertainment will be the Have-a-Heart Performers, the Footnote Tappers and the Karaoke Kafe Singers.
The Big Bang on the Bay (Alamitos Bay) runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at McKenna’s, 190 N. Marin Dr. There will be live music, food trucks and fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is $20 and children under 10 get in free. A package including dinner at McKenna’s is $55. Visit www.mckennasonthebay.com.
Buster’s Beach House will host a viewing of the Alamitos Bay Fireworks on Tuesday. Buster’s is at 168 N. Marina Dr.
The daylong celebration at the Queen Mary begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with a front row view of the fireworks. Tickets start at $39.95, with food and beverages extra. Festivities include Beatles vs. Beach Boys, Disco Freaks, DJs, strolling performers and more. Visit www.queenmary.com.
The Party on the Pier (the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier) starts at noon and features music, a food court and a great view of the fireworks. Tickets are $20 ($10 for kids) and include a barbecue plate with a beverage and unlimited access to the kids fun zone. Visit www.alfredosbeachclub.com.
The Bluff Heights Block Party runs from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on Vista Street between Orizaba and Obispo. Planned events include a cake walk, a chili cook-off, a bike rodeo, a dunk tank and a potluck. For more information, visit www.bluffheights.org.
Gates open at 4 p.m. for the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. Before the fireworks there will be live entertainment and a performance from the 40th Infantry Band. Admission is free, but parking is $5. Enter on Lexington, off Katella or on Orangewood off Los Alamitos Blvd. For more information, call 430-1073.
Long Beach Heroes will be honored during the Fourth of July Freedom Fest at 5 p.m. at the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center at Clark Avenue and Conant Street. Following the ceremony, there will be a concert by The Emperors. There will be food trucks on hand as well.
Gates open at 6 p.m. for the Concert and Park Preview and fireworks viewing at 2745 Orange Ave. Those attending should bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic dinner as the area is unfinished. The Long Beach Junior Concert Band and Flattop Tom and His Jump Cats will provide the music.
Fuego at Hotel Maya has a barbecue with live Latin Jazz from 6 to 9 p.m. and provides an excellent vantage point to watch the fireworks. The barbecue includes entrée specialties such as tri tip and grilled snapper, a carving station, a taco station, salads, a dessert buffet and more. Reservations are strongly recommended (481-3910) and the price is $75 for adults and $37.50 for ages 12 and younger. In addition, there will be live steel drum music in the pool area from 1 to 6 p.m. Hotel Maya is at 700 Queensway Dr.
The Aquarium of the Pacific serves up a barbecue from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by the fireworks. Tickets are $37 for adults and 29 for children with discounts for members. Call 590-3100. The aquarium is at 100 Aquarium Way.