7 Food Events You Should Know About: 4th of July edition
Red, white and blue ... fish: The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is extending its hours for the Fourth of July, allowing guests to browse the aquarium at night, watch fireworks from its lawn and dig into some BBQ featuring homestyle grilled entrees and desserts. Admission to the aquarium is $12 and dinner is $35 per person. 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, (562) 590-3100, www.aquariumofpacific.org.
Stars, stripes & syrah: July 2 and 3 pairs an Independence Day celebration with wine education in the Santa Ynez Valley. The wine-tasting event allows guests to guide themselves through various wineries nestled in the area, and is a leisurely way to spend the holiday weekend. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets go to santaynezwinecountry.com.
Ferry it over: Watch fireworks shimmer over Avalon on Catalina Island from the balcony of the Casino Ballroom on July 4. After the island’s golf cart parade, the Ballroom will feature a BBQ dinner accompanied by live music from the USC marching band, which is sure to complement the patriotic mood. (310) 510-1520, www.catalinachamber.com.
Celebrating summer: Rush Street is kicking off Independence Day with new summer cocktails including a Spicy Watermelon Margarita, as well as a New England-style seafood clambake and a backyard beer pong block party. Chef Dave Northrup’s summer menu was crafted to satisfy your Fourth of July weekend cravings and features a Western bacon-bison burger with melted white cheddar, candied bacon, Southern slaw, onion rings and savory BBQ sauce. 9546 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 837-9546, rushstreetculvercity.com.
All aboard! The Queen Mary in Long Beach hosts an Independence Day celebration with a good ol’ American BBQ on July 4. There will be live blues and swing music throughout the day, followed by a fireworks show. Ticket prices range from $13 to $22. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, (877) 342-0738, queenmary.com.
Americana inspired: On July 4, CHAYA Venice’s executive chef Shigefumi Tachibe will prepare an American-themed menu with lunch and dinner specials for Angelenos to munch on while listening to the sounds of the Gumbo Brothers band. 110 Navy St., Venice, (310) 396.1179, thechaya.com.
Bang-bang: Before the annual La Jolla Cove Fireworks Show, San Diego’s Brockton Villa Restaurant will host a Fourth of July party that will include a "Brocktail" reception on the patio with passed hors d'oeuvres followed by a BBQ dinner. Tickets are $100 per person. 1235 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, (858) 454-7393, brocktonvilla.com.
Photo: View of fireworks at Dodger Stadium from Elysian Park. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times