Preview: Fourth of July Festivities Make Port Again at Long Beach’s Historic Queen Mary

On Thursday, July 4th, from 3:00 to 10:00 pm, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, will again host a spectacular Fourth of July celebration in 2024. Photo courtesy of QueenMary.com

Ocean liners don’t get any monumental than the Queen Mary, a Long Beach landmark, which, for nearly 90 years, has elicited awe from its observers. Thanks to Managing Director Steve Caloca and an assortment of dedicated staff, that wonderment will be amplified tenfold for the annual “All-American” Fourth of July commemoration on July 4, 2024, from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m., where couples and families alike can bask in a memorable Independence Day chock-full of things to do before the main event: a stern-situated fireworks display that has suitably earned the esteem of being the very best that Southern California has to offer.

The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, will not only have fireworks on the 4th of July, but a multitude of other activities available to guests. Photo courtesy of QueenMary.com

Permanently docked in the Long Beach Harbor, the famed ship — which weighs in at over 80,000 tons, has 12 decks, 200 staterooms, various exhibits, and could comfortably hold more than 2,000 passengers — will proudly host an array of activities spanning over 1,000 feet from end to end for those who purchase General or VIP Admission tickets.

General passes will allow access to the Royal Salon that will cajole passersby to partake in some karaoke paying homage to rock heroes. If singing on the spot, and perhaps out of tune, isn’t for you, the Observation Bar, scheduled to feature a jazz trio with soulful musical flair, may be more up your alley. And, for those preferring a different genre of music, the Grand Salon, where country band Kelly Rae are set to perform and spur collaborative line dancing, may be an even better choice. The choreographically inclined may further test their abilities by audaciously stepping foot into the Queen’s Salon; there, swing dance lessons will be taught to the particularly coordinated alongside performances by the Hollywood Hotshots and Swing Cats Lil Big Band Ft. Swing Kittens.

A barbershop quartet harmonizes on the deck of the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, during a previous Fourth of July celebration. Photo courtesy of QueenMary.com

Most, however, will likely find themselves congregating in the Promenade Deck where vinyl record-steering DJs and street-savvy performers, comprised of magicians, jugglers, dexterous face painters, and a harmonizing barbershop quartet, will enthrall individuals of all ages who just want to take in the ambiance. In comparison, the Sports Deck will appeal to more active participants who don’t mind getting down for a game of limbo, being caught in the wet crossfire of water balloon tosses, chucking sand bags in a friendly game of cornhole, and more.

VIP tickets will grant clearance into additional areas of the Queen Mary, such as the Britannia Salon, where Miguel the Band will be stationed for a set of indie-rock headbangers, as well as the Verandah Grill, the privileged allure of which is a swanky bar and lounge; in fact, the two aforementioned sites will also be home to a few lavish, private parties. If there is any reason, though, to financially ante up for the VIP pass is to simply have access to the Vista Deck which boasts the most breathtaking viewing angles of the 9:00 p.m. pyrotechnics.

The Queen Mary’s Vista Deck offers the best views of the ocean liner’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display in Long Beach, CA. Photo courtesy of QueenMary.com

If that’s not enticing enough, a professional flight team piloting WWII-era aircrafts will fly synchronously over the RMS Queen Mary at 5:00 p.m. in what is sure to be a sight that is both aeronautically sumptuous and sobering.

Patriotism will never feel so right, nor so good, in large part because of the Queen Mary — an optimal 4th of July setting that has no peers capable of matching its gargantuan size and scope. There’s only one day a year earmarked as a reminder of the domestic liberty that was earned 248 years ago, and Long Beach advertises the most pomp and grandeur for a comprehensive community celebration.

For more information on the Queen Mary’s Fourth of July celebration, and to purchase tickets (General or VIP Admission), visit queenmary.com.


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