Neighborhood communities through out the Long Beach area celebrated America's birthday on Friday with family picnics in the park, barbecues and sizzling fireworks—with the most spectacular fireworks displays viewed from on board the Long Beach Queen Mary.
This year's July 4th celebration brought hordes of southland residents visiting the historic maritime landmark for 13 hours of fun that started at noon with a variety of arcade games, food and decade themed music and entertainment.
Guests were welcomed with a carnival theme entrance and complimentary photo shoots followed with merchandise booths and game booths for a chance to win tickets to up-coming Queen Mary events.
Regular on board ship tours offered guests the opportunity to explore this historic vessel turned hotel and learn more about the Queen Mary's background history and it's haunted locations.
The afternoon heat drew many guests inside to the comfort of air conditioned ballrooms and salons not only to beat the heat, but to relax and enjoy live band performances. Special Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and John Travolta tribute shows kept guests entertained.
Tribute bands such as Abby Road paid tribute to the Beatles with three costume changes. It was shear fun and enjoyment for numerous guests and their families as they crowded the dance floor and sang along to familiar Beatles songs.
Deejays on the Veranda Deck played Katy Perry's "Firework" that kick started the night's grand finale with a spectacular fireworks show along with Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" and Neil Diamond's "America".
To avoid the exiting crowds at the end of the show, many guests hung out at the Observation Bar dancing to a live band or dancing in the Queen's Salon to music by the Disco Kings reliving the Disco Era of the 70s, while some guests strolled the ship's decks enjoying the cool night and taking in the city view—when many on board guests were startled by loud unexpected bangs and booms from what appeared to be left over fireworks shooting up towards the night sky indicating the end of an enjoyable 4th of July celebration.
To learn more about the Queen Mary or it's scheduled events, please visit their website: www.queenmary.com.