Queen Mary plans star studded Fourth of July party

Gazettes.com fills us in on the Fourth of July celebration at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Thanks to Emily Thornton:

“It’s one of our signature events, along with ScotsFestival, Dark Harbor and others,” Queen Mary General Manager Stephen Sowards said of its patriotic celebration. “It’s a big event for us with fireworks off the ship.”

The All-American Fourth of July Celebration runs 2 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Queen Mary. The family-friendly, ship-wide festival features live entertainment, activities, food, drinks, activities and, of course, a fireworks show.

Highlights of the entertainment, Sowards said, include The Pointer Sisters, Hollywood HotShots, a comedy/magic show, country singer James Rensink and more.

 “We’ll have little outlets all over the ship,” Sowards said. “Additionally, we’ll have all the normal exhibits open.”

Sowards said he expects about 7,000 attendees.

“It’s very similar to our New Year’s Eve event, but more family-focused,” Sowards said. “We’ll have additional seating off the ship. Seating is very critical… It’s really a family day at the ship. We really make it about the family. There will be beer tastings and a small ferris wheel and carnival-style games as well.”

Festivities kick off at 2 p.m., with a Queen Mary horn blast. At The Village’s entrance, attendees will see a petting zoo, children’s activities, inflatables, games, strolling performers, food, All-American Xpress Train, ferris wheel and entertainment. The 1980s R&B group The Pointer Sisters take the stage at 8 p.m.

Comedy and magic will be in the Royal Salon and dance performances will be in the Grand Salon. The Queen’s Salon offers The Straytones with the swing musicians Lindy Sisters and swing/jive group Satin Dollz. Hollywood HotShots will be in the Queen’s Salon. while DJ Mikey O. will spin on the Sports Deck. DJ Rod Epic and HT Boombox will provide beats on the Verandah Deck.

Dueling pianos in the Britannia Salon and James Rensink, as well as strolling performers on the Capstan and Brittania Deck will be available to VIP ticket holders.

Additionally, the Queen Mary’s exhibits, such as Diana:Legacy of a Princess, Queen Mary Story, All-American Tour, 4D theater and Haunted Encounters tour will be available to visitors. The day-long event culminates with a 15-minute fireworks show in sync to patriotic music at 9 p.m. above the ship.

Tickets are $44 in advance and $49 at the door for those older than age 12; $24 for ages 4 to 11 in advance and $29 at the door. Admission for those age 4 and younger is free. VIP tickets are $99 for all except age 4 and younger, and other packages are available. Active duty military and those in uniform get in free at the door.

Paid parking is available at 1126 Queens Hwy. on the day of and has limited capacity. Organizers recommend arriving early or using taxis/rideshares.

For more information and tickets, visit queenmary.com/events/july-fourth.

Emily Thornton can be reached at ethornton@gazettes.com

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