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As we start the second half of 2021, it’s fireworks time!  I’m on holiday in the Midwest where the mosquitos rival eagles in size.  But I’ve been keeping tabs on all the news that fits courtesy of our partners at the CV Independent.  Plus my team at GayDesertGuide.LGBT has kept their eagle eyes on what’s happening this 4th of July holiday weekend.
Many of our nine cities are finding ways to celebrate with family events, fireworks, light shows and more.  Read below for a complete rundown.
From CCBC to The Cole Hotel, pool parties will abound.  The Lighthouse dispensary is now offering weekly live music. And we note that the Ross Mathews’ Bubbly Brunch at V Wine Lounge is on hiatus. However, many of the other drag shows are back in full sashay!  Enjoy your long holiday weekend and use GayDesertGuide.LGBT as your guide to where to go and what to do with our top-rated calendar of events and social channels.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide 
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Desert Hot Springs Fireworks July 2

The city of Desert Hot Springs will put on a free event culminating in a fireworks show for the Independence Day holiday this year on Friday, July 2 starting at 6:00 p.m. at Mission Springs Park. The city encourages attendees to bring lawn chairs and blankets; food trucks will be on site with tacos, slushies, Southern fried food, and. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. More info

4th of July Offerings by the City of Palm Springs

The City’s Parks & Recreation Department has been hard at work creating a multitude of Fourth of July activities and experiences – at four different locations. In place of a fireworks show, enjoy a laser light show at Ruth Hardy Park!

  • Victoria Park Water Palooza (11 a.m.): Free hot dogs and snow cones, water games, food, music
  • Palm Springs Swim Center Family Pool Party (3–9 p.m.) – Food, water games, music
  • Sunrise Park Independence Fest (3 p.m.): Music, games, food, Movie in the Park starts at dusk.
  • Ruth Hardy Park Fourth of July Spectacular (activities start at 4 p.m.): Food & Games, Dude Jones Band and Laser Light Show. Band plays at 6:30 p.m.; Laser Show at 9:15 p.m. More info

7th Annual Agua Caliente Fireworks Show

Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage will light up the Coachella Valley sky to celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks and more with a 30-minute show on Sunday, July 4 at 9:00 p.m. This year’s event will include live DJ entertainment beginning at 7:00 p.m. and have a “drive-in” theater theme so families can be comfortable in and around their own vehicles and enjoy the show. Fireworks viewers may also bring their own chairs, blankets, and snacks. This year’s celebration will also be aired live on NBC (KMIR). More info

4th of July Weekend at The Cole

Join the Cole Hotel for the 4th of July weekend with Happy Hour drinks & bites from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. all weekend. Pool passes are just $25. DJ Saturday July 3 from 1:00–5:00 p.m. More info

Live Music & Customer Appreciation Days at The Lighthouse

On Saturday, July 3 from 7:00–9:00 p.m., The Lighthouse dispensary presents The Gravities, performing live on the (cool misted) Lighthouse porch. The Gravities are a soul groove collaborative with a powerhouse sound that ranges from funk/R&B to jazz, and neo soul. Also: come by for a Wyld (brand) customer appreciation on Friday, July 2 from 2:00–5:00 p.m., and a Rove (Brand) customer appreciation on Tuesday, July 6 from 4:00–7:00 p.m. More info

AAP-Food Samaritans Independence Day Fundraiser & Celebration

Join supporters of AAP – Food Samaritans at a dazzling Independence Day celebration and fundraiser on Sunday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. at O’Donnell House. Guests will enjoy traditional American fare catered by Willie Rhine and his team from Eight4Nine who will provide amazing décor, great service, and delicious food and beverages. Admission includes an open bar, dinner, entertainment, and valet parking. More info

4th of July Pool Party Weekend at CCBC

Enjoy the 4th of July Weekend at CCBC with a Pool Party Weekend from Friday, July 2 through Monday, July 5 at CCBC Resort in Cathedral City. Day passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be subject to capacity limitations. On Saturday DJ Bobby will spin, with DJ Galaxy spinning on Sunday. More info

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Summerific Sing-A-Longs

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus present The All Summer Long Snazzy Sassy Songsational Summerific Sing-A-Long every Saturday. This week, July 3, the evening’s movie musical is Oklahoma! – At 6:00 p.m., pop on upstairs to the VIP Lounge for a social hour to mingle with your fellow movie musical enthusiasts and enjoy cocktails, mocktails & soda; spontaneous singing encouraged! Dress for the songsational occasion, and at 7:00 p.m. join host Rosemary Galore and songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus for an evening filled with film, fun, and song. The Summerific Sing-A-Long series is a joint fundraiser for Palm Springs Gay Mens Chorus and Palm Springs Cultural Center and continues with a different film every Saturday through September 11. Get tickets

4th of July at the Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will open two hours earlier than usual on Monday, July 5. The first car up will be at 8:00 a.m., the last car up will be at 6:00 p.m. and the last car down will be at 8:00 p.m. Also, Guided Nature Walks by Mt. San Jacinto State Park Volunteers continue Saturdays and Sundays through September 5. These walks feature a choice of two easy trails–the Desert View Trail, a 1½-mile route beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the Long Valley Nature Trail, a ¾-mile loop beginning at 1:30 p.m. No advance registration is required and there is no charge. Walks begin at the bottom of the concrete ramp. More info

Robert Longo: Storm of Hope Exhibit Opens

Palm Springs Art Museum will present Robert Longo—Storm of Hope: Law & Disorder, an exhibition of recent works by this American artist, starting Thursday, July 1. The exhibition features seven monumental-scale charcoal drawings chronicling our time through critical social and political subjects. The artist focuses our attention on images familiar to us—either found in the media or photographed by the artist himself—which he transforms to create what he calls “the perfect image.” More info
Also showing: Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist, the first major exhibition since 1995 of the under-recognized American modernist painter who worked in Cathedral City. Although she painted conventional landscapes and portraits, Pelton (1881–1961) is most celebrated for her abstract compositions that reflect her interest in esoteric subjects and occult philosophies, including numerology and Agni Yoga with its principal focus on fire as a guiding force. More info

NEXT WEEK: Virtual Events at The Center

The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert continues to connect people, using the technology of group-meeting platform Zoom, which you can use on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Here’s just a taste of their programs:
Social Caring in the Face of Quarantine with Alexis Ortega – Mondays at 11:00 a.m.
Zumba for Beginners with Shaun Samaro – Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Prostate Cancer Support Group2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Men’s Chat with Stuart HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroFridays at 2:00 p.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]

Jazzville Palm Springs Runs July through September

Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five Entertainment, begins Thursday, July 1 at 6:00 p.m. with Lizzy and the Triggermen at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. On Thursday, July 8, it’s the Lia Booth Quintet, and every Thursday through September 30 you can experience the hottest acts in jazz and step back in time to when all the cool cats came to play and put Palm Springs on the map! Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available to order and enjoy while bopping to the tunes of the evening. More info

Name Your Seat at the Historic Camelot Theatre

The Palm Springs Cultural Center (PSCC) has been there for us through the pandemic, offering virtual and outdoor/distanced events, and keeping the Farmers’ Market going too! Now as we emerge from COVID, the PSCC is planning exciting new programming more focused on live events, and they can use your support. To celebrate the designation of Theatre One in PSCC as the Historic Camelot Theatre, they are inviting everyone in the community to be a part of this very special Palm Springs institution by purchasing a seat (or several) for yourself or to honor someone else. One hundred percent of the dollars raised in this “Best Seat in the House” program will be used to maintain and improve the theatre. More info

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