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Celebrate the 4th of July at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Let freedom ring and celebrate Independence Day aboard the majestic Queen Mary with a full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, delicious food, spectacular drinks from multiple bars, Ferris wheel ride, and more on Tuesday, July 4 from 2 – 10 p.m. The red, white and blue celebration is a ship-wide event, culminating with one of SoCal’s best 4th of July fireworks display above one of America’s “shining seas.” The patriotic festival kicks-off at 2 p.m. with the sound of the historical Queen Mary horn. Upon entering The Village, guests will be greeted with a petting zoo, kids’ activities, inflatables, and more. Attendees will enjoy carnival games, strolling performers, delicious eats, All American Xpress Train, Ferris wheel ride, and live entertainment including performance by popular 80s R&B singing group The Pointer Sisters at 8 p.m. The festivities run...

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‘Thrilling’ Pacific Symphony July 4th Spectacular

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in 4th of July, Events | 0 comments

  Pacific Symphony’s blockbuster Summer Festival 2016 kicks off its final season at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre with a July 4th Spectacular, featuring a symphonic tribute to Michael Jackson’s music. The first of five exceptional musical experiences under the stars, the Symphony’s holiday extravaganza begins with picnic baskets packed with goodies and the company of family and friends—all just a prelude to a celebratory, rockin’ good time with the orchestra and guest band, Windborne, whose lead singer James Delisco brings to life the genius of Michael Jackson. Showcasing the best-known hits of the legendary “King of Pop”—from The Jackson 5 to the singer’s final film, “This Is It”—the concert includes music from the albums “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Blood on the Dance Floor” and much more. Traditionally the best-attended concert of the year, this holiday celebration also honors American...

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Newport Dunes Spectacular 4th of July Event

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Live music by some of the nation’s top tribute bands, expanded aquatic park fun, all-American holiday buffet and the region’s most spectacular fireworks display will be among the festivities marking our nation’s birth as Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina and the City of Newport Beach team up, once again, for the city’s 4th of July celebration. The all-day event is geared towards families seeking a safe holiday on a waveless beach with plenty of activities for those of all ages. This year’s 20-minute fireworks show, presented by “PYRO Spectacular,” will begin at 9pm. Live music will feature 2 tribute bands – Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey) who perform at 7:30pm and Mirage (Fleetwood Mac) at 5:30pm. Popular local musician, Tom Solis and his band, will perform at 4pm. Among the other festivities: Moe B’s Aquatic Park – One...

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Sweet 4th of July Graham Cracker Ice Cream Sandwiches

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in 4th of July, Holiday | 4 comments

 This post is sponsored by Dreyer’s/EDY’S® Frozen Custard​ a​nd SocialMoms.​The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. As a child, my favorite 4th of July memories were eating ice cream sandwiches on the curb of the street while watching our local 4th of July parade. Now that I have children, my favorite thing to serve them on the 4th of July are ice cream sandwiches. Over the years, I have gotten a little creative on how to make ice cream sandwiches, and my kids all-time favorite way to eat ice cream sandwiches is with their favorite flavor of Dreyer’s/EDY’S® ice cream in-between two pieces of graham crackers and covered in sprinkles. This year, America’s beloved all-American treat, Dreyer’s/EDY’S® has introduced Frozen Custard, and we couldn’t wait to try making our favorite ice cream sandwiches with the new product....

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2015 4th of July Events in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  It’s the 4th of July, and fun family events are happening all around Orange County. Plan a staycation at Hotel Irvine, watch a parade or enjoy delicious food. There is something for everyone to enjoy at one of these 4th of July events in Orange County. Hotel Irvine 17900 Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA 92614 Fourth of July Getaway Available June 29 to July 5, 2015 Patriotic fun for Hotel Irvine guests include complimentary daily breakfast at Marketplace with morning favorites such as eggs, bacon, sausage and breakfast burritos; everyday poolside merriment with access to the new Wet Bar offering BBQ grilled favorites like burgers, bratwurst and summer salads; and two cocktails at Red Bar and Lounge (suggested July 4th cocktail: The Sparkler made of vodka, homemade sweet & sour and strawberries in a glass rimmed with blue sugar)....

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4th of July DIY Shirts

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in 4th of July, Crafts, Family | 2 comments

 If you are looking for a fun DIY 4th of July craft to do with your kids, this is for you.   My daughter and I took an hour out of our day and whipped up some 4th of July themed tank tops for her and her friends. All you need is some pipe cleaners, a couple of new pencils, (be sure the erasers are clean and flat); some fabric paint, paper plates and a piece of cardboard.  Most importantly, don’t forget GLITTER!  Once you pick your design, you will need to cut them out of Wax or Freezer Paper.  Once your pattern is cut out, use double-sided tape to adhere it to your shirt.  Slide your shirt onto the piece of cardboard; this will prevent the paint from seeping onto the backside of the shirt. I learned this the hard...

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Grilling Basics

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in 4th of July, Family | 0 comments

 Grilling has never been my personal cooking forte. I’m more of the pastry chef in our home with my specialties being cookies and muffins. In the summer, our household’s baking needs decrease, while my grilling guru husband’s services are in high demand. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few grilling basics from my hubby, which include these helpful tips: Grilling Tip #1: Heat is Key Not pre-heating your grill is a rookie mistake that can be costly when it comes to grilling. Cooking a piece of meat that will not reach optimal cooking temperature throws off the entire grilling process. Meat that stays on the grill too long can become overcooked and dry. Also, by placing uncooked food on cool grates, those tasty crosshatched marks will disappear. These marks are where the sugars in your food caramelize for...

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Fireworks Safety

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in 4th of July, Featured, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Celebrating our freedom, riding in our neighborhood bike parade, eating apple pie and admiring the spectacular display of firework displays are just a few of the Fourth of July traditions we look forward to each year. However, there is a darker side of this upbeat holiday that many people do not recognize: the serious real danger of fireworks. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reported that in 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55 percent of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31 percent were to the head. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10. And how about those harmless sparklers? According to Encinitas Firefighter-Paramedic David Dumain, sparklers cause 16 percent of all firework injuries. “Even sparklers...

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2014 Guide to 4th of July Events in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in 4th of July, Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Orange County’s going patriotic so raise your flags and break out the red, white and blue. It’s time to celebrate our Nation’s independence at one of these grand Southern California 4th of July events. Old Glory Boat Parade- Newport Harbor/Balboa Island If you love the Newport Beach Christmas parade then this is where you should be. This annual event by the American Legion Yacht Club is known as “the most patriotic boat parade around”. It starts promptly at 1pm. Boats line up at Collins at 12:30. http://www.alyc.com/ 110th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration If you are looking for a fantastic parade, family entertainment, food vendors and fireworks over the ocean, then this three day event is where you will want to be. The parade starts at 10:00 am and you will need to get there very early....

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