If you have any stories from this Fourth of July holiday about mishaps with fireworks--safe and sane or unsafe and insane--let us know in the comments. We'll kick things off with injuries to two sad sacks, including one who lost a thumb.
Don't forget to check our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Friday, July 4 July 4th with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Skip the neighborhood barbecues and overcrowded beaches and instead head over to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater for a 4th of July holiday event of a d ... More >>
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As a proud UCLA alum, I always knew I was almost on campus whenever I'd pass the awe-inspiring Los Angeles National Cemetery near Westwood, especially come Memorial Day or Fourth of July weekend. It's a bit of cosmic irony, of course, that the muy muy liberal Westside has this ultimate testament to ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Finding hope while hunting a feline
See the update at the end of this post on arrest and fatality totals from countywide anti-DUI enforcement over the Fourth of July weekend.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 3, 1:43 P.M.: With the Fourth of July holiday, Orange County can expect DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols and extra officers watching our hi ... More >>
Let's go to the scoreboard: In Huntington Beach, which years ago was the site of Fourth of July yard pissings, fistfights and riots with police cars overturned and set on fire, there were 22 arrests from midnight to midnight, July 4-5, according to city jailer Todd Florez. Over in Newport Beach, whi ... More >>
The revelations of massive internet surveillance brought to light by whistleblower Eric Snowden has launched what's being called the "Restore the Fourth" movement with actions planned nationwide. Angered by what has been reported in the The Guardian by Glenn Greenwald regarding the US National Secur ... More >>
Monday, July 1 Tashaki Miyaki The Constellation Room To call La Luz's take on 1960s surf rock 'infectious' would be an understatement. Truly their sound, which features dreamy vocal harmonies reminiscent of girl group wonders The Shirelles, is a bubbly reincarnation, but no less swoon-worthy. Haili ... More >>
The new Costa Mesa eatery knows its wieners
While not available in all their US markets, The Automobile Club of Southern California will be sponsoring a complimentary Tipsy Tow service New Year's Eve. Also offered on the Fourth of July, non-members can participate. The ride and vehicle tow is up to seven miles from the point of pickup for tho ... More >>
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Like the progression of a Mad Men episode, Cougar Country Crystal Cove Promenade is slowly evolving with its dining selections. The first US branch for Tamarind of London opened late last year. Then we welcomed Bear Flag Fish Company late last month. Apparently, the upscale plaza is becoming noto ... More >>
BrobibleBehold, the resignation letter of champions. A shift manager at a Taco Bell/KFC hybrid in Depew, New York quit his job, but not without leaving this sweet little note for his employer.
This Corona del Mar spot looks yuppie, but makes doughnuts worthy of Anaheim
UPDATE, JULY 6, 10:38 A.M.: The Avoid the 38 DUI Task Force just released the final numbers from the holiday weekend past's three sobriety checkpoints and multiple DUI saturation patrols countywide.From 12:01 a.m. Friday through midnight Monday, officers representing 38 county law enforcement age ... More >>
Katy Perry tweeted a picture of her planking on a yacht on the Fourth of July. Except she was doing it wrong (legs and head down, hands by your side!) and subsequently got a lot of flak for it on the Interwebz. To show her how its done, we complied a list of celebrities who can plank right, and ... More >>
Flickr user sandrareginaSummer. Outdoors. Sunshine. Warmth. Picnics...The best picnic foods are those that can be prepared easily, transported well and eaten easily (and at room temperature). We've never understood why mayonnaise-laden potato salad ends up in picnics, or why people would want to ... More >>
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"Yo Dawg, I heard you like lobster so I put a lobster on your lobster roll..."What's a more American dish than lobster and waffles? Actually, lots of things. But that's how the house of Belgian waffles in Old Towne Orange rolls on this Fourth of July. It's Bruxie's take on a lobster roll, only ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 14, 3:03 P.M.: The Costa Mesa Police Department reports that 1,467 vehicles passed through the checkpoint it set up at the undisclosed intersection of Bear and Baker streets Monday night, 858 vehicles were screened, three drivers were given field sobriety tests . . . . . . and only o ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Old woman, no call the cops!
We told you here how The Real Housewives of Orange County reality spouse Alexis Bellino and her husband nearly lost their twin baby girls to the Balboa Bay Club pool Fourth of July weekend.The Bellinos and their kids grace the July cover of OC Parenting Magazine, and one hard-hitting question thr ... More >>
In case you saw our warning about all the DUI checkpoints and "saturation" patrols that smothered Orange County over the Fourth of July weekend and thought to yourself, "I'll just wait a weekend to get my drink on and drive," think again, Tipsy.The Fullerton and Garden Grove police departments ar ... More >>
The city of Huntington Beach has announced it will unveil a bicycle valet service for its congested downtown during the busy summer months.Unfortunately, that free service will not begin this Fourth of July weekend--the busiest time of the year in Surf City's pier area.
Long Beach (OK, technically they live in Signal Hill) quartet On Blast--multi-instrumentalist Andy Kiddoo, singer Josh Brown, guitarist Travis Raab and producer/bassist Tone Blair -- play Thursday night at Alex's Bar with Free Moral Agents and Mode and Friday night...at a bar mitzvah. After runni ... More >>
We know, we know--there's nothing more damn depressing than the end of a long holiday weekend. And it was a pretty perfect one at that: Sunshine, 80-something-degree weather, a cloudless sky. And now we're back to sunshine and 80-something-degree weather... but from behind your computer screen and y ... More >>
Unfortunately, I know not all of you made it out to the "Freedom Creative Arts Fest II" at eVocal this past Saturday. It was the Fourth of July, after all, and put together with pretty short notice. (The lure of driveway fireworks is a strong one.) But given that, it was still a remarkable event, br ... More >>
Happy 4th of July, duders! We've got the set times for today's "Freedom Creative Arts Fest" at eVocal in Costa Mesa, the venue's second-to-last show. Click on the jump!
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Looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day? Take a look at the options below to ensure that you're not home alone when the fireworks are going off."I'M ON A BOAT!" 4th of July Queen Mary SpectacularThe pool opens at 11am and you can lounge, drink, and dance. Walk around the ship and check ... More >>
We've been following the story of eVocal's untimely closing all this week, and now we have some more information on what looks to be the Costa Mesa all-ages venue's second-to-last show. Dubbed "Freedom Fest," festivities are planned to go for a full 12 hours--from noon to midnight--with back-to-back ... More >>
Hey, hey, hey, the beauty of all these anti- (take your pick) -tax, -deficit, -progress tea parties was that they were truly grass-roots, free from the partisan political hackery that many believe in responsible for the country's fiscal woes in the first place. Then what to make of the Saddleback Re ... More >>
Cafe Hiro's Special Valentine's Day Dinner Menu can be seen by clicking HERE, but it's probably pointless for me to show you this now if you don't already have a reservation. A call made earlier on Thursday confirmed that all seats are booked until 9:15 P.M. on Saturday.It's a no brainer why.   ... More >>
From our good friends at Rock & Rap Confidential: "Jesse Helms died yesterday, the Fourth of July. The LA Times front page described Helms as 'the former U.S. Senator from North Carolina who for half a century infuriated liberals with his race-baiting campaign tactics.' President Bush described Hel ... More >>
While other websites post the Declaration of Independence for their 4th of July entry, we at the Weekly encourage a more palatable visual to the greatest country on earth: Tom and Jerry's Academy Award-winning Yankee Doodle Mouse. Make sure to blow up your illegal Mexican fireworks in parking lots, ... More >>
A site to ponder about OC favorite George W. Bush on this Fourth of July is here.
Anger in the air:Vietnamese-Americans are expected to gather in Dana Point tonight to protest the presence of Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet - who many have human rights and religious freedom questions for. Desegregation entry "festive" after all: Earlier in the week, we noted that a Hunting ... More >>
Illegal immigrants, legal immigrants, minutemen, and anarchist ninjas all gathered together, and the American flag was more popular than on the Fourth of July. The May Day rally and march in downtown Santa Ana drew a crowd of between 1,000 and 3,000 people, according to a police estimate. Cops on h ... More >>
Smoky flavors at Open Sesame