HOLLYWOOD—The 4th of July is here. A day filled with barbecues, beach days, fireworks and lots of red, white and blue. Even celebrities show off their spirit of their star-spangled style. Our nation will be celebrating Independence Day with the incredible Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display.
Since the Macy’s Fireworks shoots off its pyrotechnics from barges in the East River, you will get the best view from the water. This five-hour circle-line cruise takes you down the Hudson towards the Statue of Liberty, where you’ll watch the fireworks light up the night sky. A live DJ adds to the festive atmosphere.
In breaking news, a woman wearing a “Rise and Resist” shirt spent the 4th of July climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty. The unidentified woman was seen scaling the base of the Liberty Island statue about 3 p.m. EST, following a protest on Liberty Island. Liberty Island was evacuated as a precaution as the New York Police Department was called to assist. Investigators believe that the female climber is part of an anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement protest sponsored by the group Rise and Resist that were protesting on the island on Wednesday. The news story is still developing.
As of press time, the fireworks are still on in NYC. People will continue in their festivities either in NYC parks to rooftop bars to Malibu, everyone is trying to enjoy, while this unfortunate incident is happening. Let’s look at some places to enjoy the 4th of July; if you are a beach person, you will love California with 75 miles of coastline, you can enjoy anywhere from Malibu to Long Beach. You can attend the largest and oldest parade in Huntington Beach, its free! However, reserved parade seating and fireworks seating is available for a fee. In Newport Beach, the Fourth of July celebration is also a family affair.
You can also celebrate the fireworks at Knotts Berry Farm with an entire day of special family-friendly entertainment that concludes with a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Fun from sun up to sun down including the new Hangtime roller coaster, Ghost Town Alive!, there are also interactive wild west role-playing experience, musical stage shows, stunt shows and more.
If you decide to stay home, lets look at some of the most patriotic films ever put on celluloid: “Captain America: The First Avenger.” While serving in World War II, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans aka Captain America) thwarts the plans of an evil Nazi officer, rescues an entire unit from behind enemy lines, and successfully steers weapons of mass destruction away from American cities. Not bad for a guy who began his military career as a hundred-pound weakling.
Another patriotic movie to watch over the 4th of July weekend is “Rocky IV,” tensions between the U.S. and Russia were already strained in the late stages of the Cold War, and the death of Apollo Creed at the hands of Russian heavyweight Ivan Drago only made things worse. Rocky Balboa’s subsequent decision to beat the blond off Drago didn’t exactly bring the conflict to an end, but it was a close second for movie-goers in the mid-80s.
The Fourth of July is also a wonderful time to consider camping, and what better place to celebrate America than in one of its national parks. Many parks offer advance reservations for camping spots, and popular parks can fill up, so make sure to check before you load up the car and drive. The great thing about the Fourth of July is that it’s usually chock-full of free entertainment: parades, and live music. It’s a great time to celebrate with friends and family. So, even if just for one day, raise that American flag proudly, get out the grill, watch a fireworks display, and listen to some great songs like, “American Woman,” by Lenny Kravitz or Jimi Hendrix ,“The Star-Spangled Banner,” or Alicia Keys’ ”Girl on Fire.” Since the 4th of July is today, many people took the whole week off to enjoy.
Rose’s Scoop: Three people have been charged with kidnapping actress Daisy McCrackin, 36, portrayed the character called Donna in “Halloween: Resurrection.” They also kidnapped actor Joseph Capone. She also appeared in the 2016 horror film “She Rises” and played the daughter of a murder victim in a 2003 episode of “Cold Case.”
Wishing everyone a Happy, Safe, 4th of July!