Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fun on the Fourth of July, Marina del Rey Style

We all know, whether you are in Times Square or Marina del Rey, it can sometimes be a drag to put up with the crowds or fight for a nice view of the fireworks show. This year embrace the red, white and blue comfortably.  Where else can you relax and watch the colorful sparks trickle from the sky and sizzle away on top of glassy water? Hands down, Fourth of July festivities are red-hot amazing in Marina Del Rey. The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. and is accompanied by music heard on KXLU FM radio 88. 

If you’re looking to put some bang in your 4th of July, try one of our insider’s tips on enjoying the holiday—Marina del Rey style!  Why not try a little something different this year?


Bring your own finger foods and rent a small boat. Share the moment with your closest friends and family!
Cost:   $140.00 for 2 Hours
Why it Rocks:  You can keep a small guest list and have an intimate 4th of July fireworks viewing
Heads up:   Rentals are booking quickly, call or go online to make a reservation early
Contact:   Marina Boat Rentals, (310) 574-2822,

Must-Do:   Enjoy a three-course dinner aboard a ship and watch the fireworks fall into the sea
Cost:   Dinner cruise $99 per person; Observation cruise $65 per person (plus tax)
Why it 
You get to spend a couple hours on the water and have one of the best views, plus a live dee-jay to keep the party going!
Heads up:   4th of July cruises are quite popular, buy your tickets now!
Contact:   Hornblower Cruises, (310) 301-6000, 


Pack a picnic and spend a day at the park on the water. Stay ‘til sundown and catch the fireworks!
Cost:   FREE
Why it Rocks:  You’ll have a whole day to soak up the sun and a great view of the fireworks at this gorgeous park (without breaking the bank)!
Heads up: 

Because this park offers such an amazing view, you will have to share it with others. Arrive early to make sure you get a great spot.
Contact:   Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, Calif. 90292 

Must-Do:   Dance on the water aboard a Polynesian-styled fireworks cruise
Cost:   $59 per person (plus tax)
Why it Rocks:  Help yourself to an unlimited appetizer buffet and a welcome glass of champagne!
Heads up:   Set some dollars aside for the cash bar. 
Contact:   Tiki Mermaid, (310) 410-8454, 

Must-Do:   Enjoy an all-American BBQ buffet and watch the fireworks from the shore.
Cost:   Adults $75 per person; kids under 10 $35 per person (tax and tip included)
Why it Rocks:  Location, location, location! You won’t miss the fireworks from this great on-the-water spot. DJ and dancing until 11PM!
Heads up:  
Reservations are required so you have to book ASAP, especially if you want outdoor seating
Contact:  Shanghai Red’s from 5-9PM, (310) 823-4522, 


Sip on premium cocktails, delight in an elegant dinner with unobstructed views of the fireworks!

$89 per person prix fixe menu for 7 p.m. seating 
Why it Rocks:  Enjoy fine dining, live music and great waterfront views from this award-winning restaurant 
Heads up:  

The waterfront view is so desirable, there are two seatings:  the first seating is from 5-7 p.m. featuring an a la carte dinner menu; the second seating starts at 7 p.m. with a 3-course prix fixe menu plus sparkling wine for $89 per person reservations are mandatory.  FYI: The second seating will allow guests to remain at their tables to watch the fireworks. Book now, it’s almost full!
Contact:   CafĂ© del Rey, (323) 823-6395, 


Try something HOT! Polynesian fire dancers with your fireworks at a family-friendly barbecue outdoors celebration.
Cost:   Free admission. Food and drinks can be purchased on-site.
Why it Rocks: 

This hotel is located right on the water with the best views by far.  Plus, special guest, Pink’s Hot Dogs will be dishin’ up their famous dogs at the barbecue! Noon – 10 p.m. 
Heads up:   Avoid traffic- arrive early! 
Contact:   Marina Del Rey Hotel, (310) 301-1000


Celebrate America's independence on the water!
Cost:   $25 per person (Kids 2-11 years: $15)
Why it 

You'll board from Fisherman's Village, be on the water when the festivities begin, and back on the dock afterward. A great break from the goings-on on land
Heads up: 
Early arrival is recommended; and reservations are required
Contact:   Marina del Rey Flyer -;