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7 things to do in SoCal this 4th of July weekend

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Whether you're looking to celebrate Independence Day early or just enjoy the weekend, here are some options — from a corgi art show to a BBQ blowout (sans fireworks) to a show about the confounding brothers (er, founding fathers) at the Printing Museum in Carson.


Red, White & BBQ

Instead of throwing your own barbecue bash this weekend to celebrate Fourth of July, sit back and let the pros make your meal. Munch on classic American fare from joints like Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, the Carving Board or Lucille's BBQ — admission to this bash scores you a little bit of everything and your choice of wine or beer from Golden Road Brewing. This will be going on at various times all weekend, so you choose when you want to pig out!

WHEN: Saturday, July 1 - Sunday, July 2, times vary
WHERE: Start Los Angeles, Mid City | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $20-35 | Get tickets


The Corgi Show

OK, so there won't be real corgis here (unless you bring your own), but they will be immortalized through various artistic renditions. The exhibit will feature new and original corgi artwork — some available for purchase to accompany your furry companion.

WHEN: Now through Sunday, July 9
WHERE: Nucleus Art Gallery, Alhambra | MAP 
COST: Free 


Anime Expo

This one's a bit of a splurge, but worth it for an inside look at the world of anime. The universe is vast, so expect an extensive lineup of panels and exclusive screenings (like a sneak preview of Netflix's "Castlevania" series.) Dedicated fans should be sure to check out additional ticketed events, including the Neon District and Maid Cafe.

WHEN: Saturday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 4 
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, DTLA | MAP 
COST: One-day passes are $60 | Get tickets 


File: A string of lanterns in Chinatown, Los Angeles.
File: A string of lanterns in Chinatown, Los Angeles.
Dawna Nakaya via Flickr Creative Commons

Chinatown Summer Nights

To officially kick off the summer season, why not head outside to taste the culinary offerings of gourmet food trucks in Chinatown? Every first Saturday of the month through September, summer nights will consist of cooking demonstrations from Chinese chefs, live DJ sets, craft beer stations and more!

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 5 p.m. - midnight
WHERE: Chinatown Central and West Plazas 
COST: Free 

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Friday Night Wine Tastings

Yet another reason to love the hot weather sans sweating. Pack up your favorite picnic blanket and kick back with a glass from Silver Lake Wine while the sun sets over Los Angeles. A scoop from Jenni's Splendid Ice Cream or a tour of the Hollyhock House are optional but solid choices. Pro tip: Apply sunscreen liberally.

WHEN: Friday, June 30 through Sept. 22
WHERE: Barnsdall Art Park and Hollyhock House | MAP 
COST: Wine tastings are $35; house tours are $15 | Get tickets 


Summer Corgi Beach Day

Ummm, yeah, more corgis. It's baaaack — just in time to usher in the summer season. Grab your corgi companion and head to the beach for a day of mingling, corgi costume and pie-eating contests. Oh, and a whole lot of lounging around with all the CORGIS. Did we mention there will be plenty of corgis?

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Alamitos Beach, Long Beach | MAP
COST: Free


Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, is shown placing the document before John Hancock, president of the Congress, in this painting by John Trumbull.
Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, is shown placing the document before John Hancock, president of the Congress, in this painting by John Trumbull.
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Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the nation's birthday with the founding fathers — Ben Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson — or as some know them, "The Confounding Brothers." This original play starring the brothers will present an unconventional retelling of the birth of the country. Afterward, take a tour of the Printing Museum's collections and print your own Declaration of Independence on their collection of antique printing equipment. There will also be American apple pie.

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
The International Printing Museum, Torrance | MAP 
Tickets are $15 

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