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Fireworks, food and fun at Long Beach's Queen Mary on the 4th of July

The Queen Mary in Long Beach will celebrate the 5th of July with fireworks, food and fun
Edward Simon

The 4th of July fireworks show at the Queen Mary in Long Beach has always been known as one of the most spectacular shows on our national holiday. For 2014, the Queen Mary has turned the 4th into a full day of events and delicious food, leading up to the fireworks show. Chef Todd Henderson, Executive Chef of the Queen Mary, had an exclusive interview today, June 20 with the Examiner to tell what he's got in store for the dining part of the July 4th celebration.

Chef Henderson said, “In the Grand Salon, we're doing a 'Great Gatsby' inspired buffet. Thinking of Long Island back in the 1920's is what's inspiring us. A lot of regional New England seafood dishes, some of the appetizers and salads that you might have enjoyed back in the 1920's. Dishes like stuffed clams, clam chowder, lobster bisque and pan-roasted cod with boiled New England potatoes”. Along with the food that Chef Henderson has planned for the buffet, entertainment with 1920's live jazz music and 'flappers' on the dance floor.

“We are doing a special menu in Sir Winston's Restaurant and Lounge. Sir Winston's will stay with a Continental theme and feature dishes like our popular Beef Wellington”, Chef Henderson said. “Plus, the Tea Room will be open until 9 p.m. The Promenade Cafe and Chelsea Chowder House will feature a menu that is a mix of both restaurants. We'll have burgers, club sandwiches that we do on flatbread, Chelsea's popular Scampi Pasta and chowders and a few fish specials that night”.

All throughout the Queen Mary, there will be different sections with era-specific entertainment and foods. As the guests enter, there will be a 1910 Old Fair Carnival with games galore. From there, sections of the ship will recreate the Fabulous 50's, the disco era and the British Invasion. Music will be performed by the 'Abbey Road' tribute band, while the Queen's Salon will recreate New York's Studio 54, complete with live music and dancing with the 'Disco Kings'. Additional music venues will feature 'Robert Jon and the Wreck' for live rock and DJ Dennis Owens. 'The MVP's' will perform also, with their mix of rock, R&B, pop, Latin and Hip Hop.

Chef Henderson has also planned for food to be available throughout the ship. He said, “This year, each of our nine different concession stands will have different food and a different theme. With each stand having a different menu, it will be smaller lines which will help get the guests through faster, plus for each stand we'll have several stations scattered throughout the ship. We'll be doing a Route 66 concession and that will have burgers and hot dogs. We'll have a pizza stand that features sliced pizzas”.

“We'll have a stand that features items like salads and a turkey club wrap. We'll be doing the Barbecue Joint which will feature a grilled chicken sandwich and also a half rack of ribs. We'll have a station that features our famous smoked corn, topped with a cotija cheese and smoked paprika spice. Along with that, we're doing 'Star Spangled Smoothies' which are red, white and blue smoothies. These are non-alcoholic smoothies, the red is a strawberry smoothie, the white is a pineapple smoothie and the blue is a blueberry and pomegranate smoothie”, Chef Henderson added.

Located at a great spot on the coast, the Queen Mary is continually ranked as one of the best places to watch fireworks in the Southland. Between the views of fireworks shows from San Pedro down to San Clemente, plus the view that guests will have of the Queen Mary's own fireworks show right off the stern of the ship, everyone on the Queen Mary should definitely be able to enjoy all the fireworks shows they want.

Chef Henderson and his staff are excitedly looking forward to the fireworks show. He said, “Once we get past the 9 o'clock hour, most of our work is done, so a lot of the kitchen guys and front of the house guys will sneak off to the back of the ship on our deck where we have a great view of the fireworks. We'll be hugging the rails for a good spot for the show!”

The event opens at noon and ends at eleven. General Admission Pass is $39.99 ($45 day of the event) and VIP Patriot Pass is $59.99 ($65 day of event) and includes the ultimate All American 4th of July experience with exclusive access to three private decks complete with exclusive programming and entertainment. (Ages 21+). Child Pass (4-11) is $19.99 ($25 day of event) and children 3 and under are free.

As a special “Thank You” to our armed forces, all active duty military personnel will be admitted to the day's event for free. For more information, tickets, dining options, VIP Packages, and special July 4th Overnight Stay, visit or call (877) 342-0738.

The Queen Mary

1126 Queen's Highway

Long Beach, CA 90802

Ph: (877) 342-0738

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