Big Bang on the Bay to boom again

The local Independence Day Eve party, Big Bang on the Bay, will light up the skies of Alamitos Bay, Naples and the Peninsula once again with a block party and fireworks show at Boathouse on the Bay from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.

Tickets to attend Boathouse’s Block Party, featuring up-close views of the fireworks launched from a barge on Alamitos Bay just yards from the restaurant, are $75 for adults and $30 for children 10 and younger. That gets you an outdoor seat and food catered buffet-style by Naples Rib Company, including baby back ribs, chicken, hot dogs, barbecue baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw and cornbread. There will also be two outdoor bars serving beer, wine and cocktails.

There will be ample seating, but visitors may bring a lawn chair and a blanket.

Boathouse on the Bay is also offering VIP seats inside the restaurant ($120), on the patio ($150) or on the sidewalk ($180). Call the Boathouse at 562-493-1100 or go online to purchase tickets.

Afternoon entertainment at the Big Bang will include several aircraft flyovers, including John Collver’s Warbirds, skydivers, a demonstration by the Coast Guard’s Dolphin Search and Rescue team and dancing to tunes spun by DJ Ron. The finale is a 30-minute fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. sharp.

Proceeds from the Boathouse party go to local charities, with the main benefactor being Long Beach-based Children Today, whose mission is to foster stability and success in children and families who are facing homelessness or maltreatment or who are involved in the child welfare system. More than a half-dozen other local charities are also benefited. The event has raised more than a million dollars for local charities since its inception.

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.