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7 last-minute things to do July 4th weekend

Grand Park.
Grand Park.
Steve Devol/Flickr

Bring on the BBQs. And the cheap events. Rarely do we get a three-day weekend so let's take advantage. Here are seven fun and almost-free things to do with your time off. Want to know if your city is hosting a fireworks show? Click here


A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's Night official trailer

You've been working like a dog. Celebrate the end of your four-day week with "A Hard Day's Night" at Cinefamily. The film features — you guessed it — The Beatles. Travel back to 1964 and watch these four young lads survive pools of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members. 

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Cinefamily | MAP

Price: $15 | Purchase tix here


July 4 Late Night BBQ

(Photo: Doug Carlson/Flickr)

Substitute food for booze at the Aquarium of the Pacific Friday. Its BBQ menu looks impressive: Hamburgers and hotdogs — plus smoked beef brisket, brown sugar baked beans, housemade macaroni and cheese and more. The entire aquarium (except Lorikeet Forest) will be open to explore through 8:30 p.m. After visiting with the mammals, step outside to see the City of Long Beach's fireworks display. 

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific | MAP

Price: $14.95 for everyone after 5:00 p.m. | Purchase tix here

Downtown Block Party

Phantogram - Fall In Love

Grand Park is bringing back the block party with live music and fireworks. There will be three stages set up around downtown Los Angeles with an all-day line-up. (We're excited about Phantogram; see video above.) Bring your own food, grab something from a food truck or eat at a discounted price from one of these local restaurants. Share your pics and use the hashtag #GO4THDTLA. Pro tip: The Grill at Hollywood and Highland offers ready to-go picnic bags starting at $32.95, which includes enough for two to four people. 

When: 4 p.m. Friday; fireworks start at 9 p.m. 

Where: Grand Park | MAP

Price: Free


Watch the Liverpool Legends

Can't catch a view of fireworks from your backyard? Visit the Rose Bowl to see "the largest fireworks show in Southern California." Expect live motorcycle stunts and performances by the Grammy-nominated Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends. Pro tip: Look for the fanfest in Area H for food, drinks and inflatable rides.  

When: Festivities start at 2 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9 p.m. 

Where: Rose Bowl | MAP

Price: General admission is $13 per person


Grand Performances

Listen to Dam-Funk

Listen to the Lions

You must make it to one of Grand Performances' free shows hidden behind Blue Cow at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. Saturday's performance is curated by the L.A. label Stones Throw Records and features turntable skills, reggae and old school-influenced funk. Artists include Peanut Butter Wolf, DâM-Funk and the Lions. Don't miss the breakdance contest where local kids bust out their best moves. 

When: 7 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Grand Performances | MAP

Price: Free 


The Grand Ole Echo 

Listen to Rose's Pawn Shop

In the mood for American folk and bluegrass? Then head over to The Echo for live music and a Sunday BBQ. The event is free for all ages and includes performances from Rose's Pawn ShopPatrolled By RadarCashew & ClearyCreekwood and Kip Boardman

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Echo | MAP

Price: Free 

What'd we miss? Let us know in comments.