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IRL And Online Events This 4th Of July Weekend

This kid knows how to have fun. (Frank McKenna/Unsplash)
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With fireworks shows cancelled, beaches shut down and bars closed, you might think the holiday weekend's sizzle has fizzled. Not entirely. You can still find plenty of things to do. Join a watch party with Hannibal Burress. Attend a comedy show in Animal Crossing. Listen to Danny Glover and Ben Guillory talk about theater and social justice. Catch new films by Werner Herzog and Hirokazu Kore-eda. Celebrate the 4th of July virtually with Grand Park and the Music Center.

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Hannibal Buress, seen here performing onstage during Adult Swim Festival 2018 at ROW DTLA, holds a watch party for his new special on Friday. (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Adult Swim)

Friday, July 3; 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Hannibal Buress Miami Nights Livestream
The comedian holds a watch party on Friday night for his new special, with material based on his 2017 arrest for disorderly intoxication.

Friday, July 3

Family Romance, LLC
Streaming service Mubi hosts a premiere of Werner Herzog's latest feature, which blends a fictional story with documentary-style visuals. Herzog, who shot the film himself, follows the founder of a real company in Tokyo that rents out stand-ins for family members, friends or cliques. Expect an exploration of loneliness and superficial relationships. Herzog introduces the premiere and does a post-screening Q&A. The film will be available for 24 hours on July 3.

Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche star in Hirokazu Kore-eda's film, 'The Truth.' (Courtesy of IFC Films)

Friday, July 3

The Truth
Filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda's (Shoplifters, After Life) first French-language film stars Catherine Deneuve as an adored French actress who has just published her memoir. The book causes her adult daughter, played by Juliette Binoche, to return to Paris with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and daughter in tow, igniting old family tensions. IFC Films opens the film on demand and digitally on Friday.


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Friday, July 3 - Saturday, July 4; 8:20 p.m.

Tailgate Fest Presents: Drive-In At The Park
Castaic Lake Park
Castaic Lake Dr., Castaic

Calamigos Ranch
327 Latigo Canyon Rd., Malibu
In Castaic, catch a double feature of Toy Story 4 and Independence Day from your car, following physical distancing and health protocols (masks required outside your cars). In Malibu, they're screening Independence Day, preceded by a pre-paid BBQ (although you can buy hot dogs and drinks all night).
COST: $30 - $50 for movies per car; $35 per person for Malibu BBQ; MORE INFO

Friday, July 3; 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Comedy Crossing
You don't have to play Animal Crossing to attend this stand-up show inside the video game, hosted by comedian Jenny Yang. On the day of the show, RSVP to the Zoom link. If you like what you see, tip the performers via Venmo @jennyyangtv. Part of the proceeds will also benefit organizations supporting the movement for Black lives. The show takes place the first and third Fridays of the month.

Saturday, July 4; 7 - 10 p.m.

4th of July Block Party: Home Edition
Grand Park and The Music Center's annual Independence Day festivities are being broadcast and streamed this year. Rapper D Smoke headlines a diverse lineup that also includes performances by San Cha, Amindi and Ginger Root. Check out standup comedy from Filipino AF and a cooking demo from Jocelyn Ramirez of Todo Verde. The first part of the event will be televised live on ABC7 and LA36 from 7 to 8 p.m. The fun continues on Grand Park and The Music Center's digital platforms -- Facebook Live (@GrandParkLosAngeles and @MusicCenterLA) -- as well as their respective websites.

Last year's fireworks as seen over Los Alamitos Army Airfield during the 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza. (Senior Airman Crystal Housman/Flickr Creative Commons)

Saturday, July 4; 9 p.m. (doors at 7:15 p.m.)

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos
11206 Lexington Dr., Los Alamitos
Live fireworks shows are scarce this weekend, but the cities of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach are holding a drive-up show at the base. Enter at either the Lexington Gate (Lexington and Katella) or Orangewood Gate (Orangewood and Los Alamitos Blvd.). Be patient as a high volume of vehicles are expected and a check-in procedure will be in place (I.D. check, temperature check, and health screenings for all individuals inside each vehicle). No pedestrians and bicycles will be allowed. Guests are asked to stay in their cars or remain in the front of the cars during the show. Face coverings are required.

Saturday, July 4 - Sunday, July 5

Shrek / Independence Day
City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 East Katella Ave., Anaheim
Movies Under the Moon presents two drive-in offerings this weekend. The early show at 7:20 p.m. features the family-friendly Shrek. It's followed by Independence Day at 10:30 p.m. Separate ticketing for the films. Each person in the vehicle needs a ticket. A parking fee is also required plus a service fee.
COST: Admission starts at $50; MORE INFO

Men ride bikes in front of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on May 9, 2020. (APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

Saturday, July 4; 2 - 3 p.m.

94th Annual AmericaFest Celebration
The Rose Bowl's annual Independence Day festivities move online this year. The event includes a live flyover of Pasadena and its historic landmarks; music includes songs by Andy Grammer and two solos by cellist Cecilia Tsan, who will perform from the 100-inch telescope dome on top of Mt. Wilson. Also, Mount Wilson Observatory's art & science active prism installation Sunstar will move throughout the day to shine color from the sun over Pasadena. Tune in to the Rose Bowl Stadium's Facebook and YouTube pages.

(Marcella Laskoski/Unsplash)

Saturday, July 4; 6 p.m.

Feels Like Summer: An Immersive Audio-Visual Experience
Let this livestreaming event from L.A.'s own DJ Illanoise provide your July 4th soundtrack. There's a free digital happy hour from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a VIP stream from 7 to 9 p.m. Tune in for giveaways all night long.

Co-founders Danny Glover and Ben Guillory of The Robey Theatre Company discuss theater and social justice issues during an online conversation. (The Robey Theatre Company)

Saturday, July 4; 6 - 8 p.m.

Let's Talk
Millena Gay hosts an online chat with the Robey Theatre Company's co-founders, Danny Glover and Ben Guillory. Glover talks about The Robey's history with director and actor Guillory. The theater was named for actor and activist Paul Robeson and founded with a mission to "dramatically depict the lives and stories of the Black Diaspora." In addition to theater talk, expect a discussion about the impact of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement -- and how the theater community should respond. A Q&A follows the discussion. RSVP to for the Zoom link.

Patrons gather outside Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown, California on November 15, 2019. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Saturday, July 4 - Sunday, July 5

Silverlake Flea
2007 Reservoir St., Echo Park (Saturday)
53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown (special Sunday pop-up)
The flea market has re-opened in the lot behind Taix, running weekly on Saturdays. This Sunday, however the market is road tripping for a special Pioneertown pop-up (next to Pappy + Harriet's) on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tesla Cybertruck display is on view at the Petersen Automotive Museum through Sunday. (Tesla)

Through Sunday, July 5

Tesla Cybertruck Display
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The Petersen, which recently reopened to the public, extends its Cybertruck display through the holiday weekend. This is the truck's first stationary public display since its unveiling at a private event in L.A. last year. The museum is currently open Wednesdays through Sundays. Advanced reservations required.
COST: $11 - $16 admission; MORE INFO

Sunday, July 5 - Friday, July 17

Jazz In The Pines
Idyllwild Arts popular music series returns online this year, featuring a mix of newer artists and seasoned players. The lineup includes the Evan Christopher Duo, John Daversa, The Rose Colella & Rick Shaw Duo and The Marshall Hawkins Trio featuring Paul Carman & Barnaby Finch.

The exterior of Canter's Deli on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Amazon Prime Video)

Sunday, July 5; 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Jewish L.A.: From Brooklyn Ave. to Fairfax Ave.
Shmuel Gonzales, the Barrio Boychik, holds this tour in support of local Fairfax businesses affected by recent vandalism and looting (and 2020 in general). Learn about the history of the neighborhood as well as its rapidly changing demographics. Gonzales explains the migration of Jewish families from Boyle Heights to Fairfax, starting in the 1930s. The tour begins in front of Canter's Deli. Attendees are asked to wear a mask and keep a physical distance of six feet from other groups/attendees.

Sunday, July 5; 7 - 8 p.m. BST, EDT, PDT (three different sets)

All Day I Stream
DJ Lee Burridge plays three different sets to coordinate with sunsets around the world, connecting music fans and dancers.

The re-opened Pie Hole offers an assortment of treats, including pie holes and the Firecracker Cherry Pie. (The Pie Hole)

Dine & Drink Deals

Who doesn't miss going out to eat or stopping by a bar for a drink? Here are a few options from restaurants and bars as we work our way back toward normal.

  • See's Candies reopens some of its Southern California stores, now with "Click→Pick→Go!" contact-free pickup. The L.A.-based confectioner has reimagined its popular sampler, which is included with each order as an individually wrapped sweet treat.
  • For the July 4th weekend, the Pie Hole offers the Firecracker Cherry Pie (made with tart Michigan cherries and Tellicherry black pepper) and Mom's Apple Crumble. Their pie holes come in six different flavors.
  • The Dolly Llama is selling a 4th of July "Family Fun Combo," available July 3 - 5. The deal includes a six-piece mini OG waffle box plus a pint of ice cream to enjoy at home. Choose from any of the shop's artisanal flavors or Craig's Vegan cashew milk-based ice cream. (The combo is currently offered in-store with a 20% discount.)
  • For those celebrating the 4th at home, SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista is preparing July Fourth Bundles ($67). The takeout package, for 3 to 5 people, includes guacamole, TJ Caesar salad with chicken, a street taco six-pack and bottled house margaritas. Available Friday - Monday.
  • Solita in Valencia also offers its July Fourth Bundles ($67) for three to five guests, this weekend (Friday - Monday). The deal includes guacamole, ensalada ranchera and a street taco six-pack as well as bottled house margaritas.
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