I’ve been hearing rumblings that wishing someone a “Happy 4th of July Weekend” isn’t apropos this year after the recent Supreme Court rulings and the clouds gathering overhead on LGBTQ+ rights. Let’s remember that our history as a country has been fraught with highs and lows.
Time for a poolside cocktail while listening to KGAY 106.5 and just enjoying the long holiday weekend…
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Summer Sing-A-Long: Mamma Mia!
The Summer Sing-a-Long series is back at the Palm Springs Cultural Center with returning favorites and new classics. On Saturday, July 2 the series kicks off with Mamma Mia!, starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. This anniversary event also includes a special featurette, Meryl’s Big Number, never-before-seen on the big screen! Come early for the Schmigadoon happy hour at 5 pm upstairs in the VIP Lounge. Head into the theater for the sing-a-long at 7 pm, with songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus leading the out-loud voices! The series continues Saturdays through July, with Willy Wonka, South Park, Annie, Little Shop, and Mamma Mia 2! Get tickets
Drone Show & Concert by Petty & the Heartshakers
The City of Palm Springs Parks and Recreation Department presents a free Drone Show and Concert by Petty & The Heartshakers tribute band on Saturday, July 2 at 6:30 pm at the new downtown park. This is the most fun, natural, heart-felt, track-free & closest sounding tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Come celebrate this incredible music. More info
Agua Caliente Casinos 4th of July Weekend Celebration
Agua Caliente Casinos is hosting an array of events across the 4th of July Weekend: First up is the Low Key Comedy Show, starring Trevor Wallace, Pablo Francisco, Annie Ledderman, Matt Rife, and Mo Collins on Friday, July 1 at 8 pm at The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage [Get tickets]. On the evenings of Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City will host a Roller Skating Rink from 7 pm–midnight [Get tickets]. Finally, on Monday the 4th of July, it’s the desert’s largest fireworks display, set off from the Agua Caliente Resort Casino in Rancho Mirage. Bring your lawn chair, relax, and enjoy live DJ music, food and beverage specials, and giveaways before the show. Parking opens at 3 pm, Drive-In Special at 5 pm, and fireworks show at 9 pm. More info
July 4th Celebration and Fundraiser for AAP – Food Samaritans
Join supporters of AAP – Food Samaritans at a festive Independence Day Celebration and Fundraiser on Monday, July 4 from 7–10 pm at the historic O’Donnell House. Enjoy traditional American fare catered by Willie Rhine and his team from Eight4Nine, and with the return of the City of Palm Springs’ fireworks display this year, the viewing from the mountainside above the Palm Springs Art Museum will be spectacular. Admission includes open bar, dinner, entertainment by the enchanting Keisha D, and valet parking. Get tickets
City of Palm Springs 4th of July Events
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department presents a variety of ways to celebrate throughout the afternoon and evening on Monday, July 4:
- Family-Friendly Pool Party at the Palm Springs Swim Center, featuring water games, inflatable slide, music, and great food, from 3 pm until the fireworks are over. Watch the City’s “All American Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” at Palm Springs Stadium from the pool!
- Concert in the Park featuring “Turn the Page, Tribute to Bob Seger” in Sunrise Park at 5:30 pm
- “All Stars Summer Collegiate Game,” with Palm Springs Power Baseball at Palm Springs Stadium at 6 pm.
- “All American Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” at Palm Springs Stadium, show begins at 9:15 pm…sharp!
- More info
Palm Springs Cultural Center’s July 4th Celebration
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents a July 4th BBQ with an 80’s nostalgic theme from 3–9:30 pm. Re-live the campy glory of the film Rocky IV at 3 pm in the air-conditioned theatre, then at 6 pm, the party and BBQ start: rock out to all your favorite 80’s hits with DJ Mod Girl, and hang outside in the cool zone with their petite party pools and catch the nearby Palm Springs Fireworks Show at 9:15 pm. All purchased seats include an all-American BBQ meal (hamburgers, hot dogs, and potato chips), with additional food and drink available for purchase. Get tickets
Coachella Fireworks Friday
The City of Coachella will be hosting their annual Independence Day celebration at Bagdouma Park on Friday, July 1 from 6–9 pm. This free family event will feature a handful of carnival rides and games, live music with The Delgado Band, a variety of local food vendors and a fireworks grand finale. More info
Desert Hot Springs Fireworks Saturday
The City of Desert Hot Springs will celebrate Independence Day on Saturday July 2, at Mission Springs Park. The event starts at 6 pm with food and music. At 9:15 pm the Fireworks Spectacular will start. More info
Palm Desert’s Independence Day Celebration
The City of Palm Desert’s Independence Day Celebration takes place on Monday, July 4 from 4–10 pm. A variety of food trucks and vendors will be on hand with tasty treats, set up by 5 pm in the parking lot on the western edge of Civic Center Park. The evening’s events officially kick off at 7:30 pm at the park’s amphitheater with the singing of the National Anthem. Immediately afterward, the Swing Cats Big Band with the Swing Kittens will entertain the crowd. Then, at 9 pm, there will be a 20-minute fireworks extravaganza accompanied by patriotic and contemporary music. More info
The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute
The Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents The Fab Four – Ultimate Beatles Tribute on Saturday, July 2 at 8 pm. The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude”, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing. Get tickets
Western Xposure’s Dadfest 2022
Western Xposure’s Dadfest takes place over the July 4th weekend, from July 1–5, at CCBC Resort Hotel. Dadfest is a celebration of, you guessed it, daddies! Celebrate America’s Independence Day with pool parties, BBQ’s, and great music all weekend long at this free-flowing weekend event for the gay bear community, as well as the men who love and admire them. Western Xposure’s events are intentionally designed to be loosely scheduled, encouraging guests to go at their own pace and make their own adventure, taking advantage of the 24-hour resort atmosphere. Get tickets
RuPaul Recap: All Stars Season 7, Episode 8
Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, has published his latest merry recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of his RuPaul Recaps here). This week the queens will appear in the soon-to-be cult classic “Santa’s School for Girls.” It’s part Xmas movie, part horror movie and part Mean Girls. With just four challenges left to pick up stars, find out who picked up the coveted sparklies this week, and read the full recap of Episode 8: Santa’s School for Girls [here].
Sizzlin’ Summer Sale
KGAY and Gay Desert Guide invite you to our Sizzlin’ Summer Sale on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 & 10! Many retailers will be gathering at the Hilton Hotel’s Tapestry Room, offering their merchandise up to 75% off. Sale hours will be Saturday from 12–6 pm, and Sunday 10 am–3 pm. In addition to great deals there will be drinks available to purchase and a live broadcast of KGAY 106.5 with John Taylor on Saturday from Noon–2 pm. More info
The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage
Desert Theatreworks is presenting a “summer full of fun” with shows on Sundays. The July production is The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage on July 10, 17, 24, & 31, all Sunday performances at 2 pm. The “Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years and is known as one of the most brilliant television shows of all time. You’ll love this opportunity to see some of the best classic comedy sketches from the program re-created for the stage performed by some of DTW’s favorite performers. Get tickets
Also coming soon in local theatre:
- Godspell, from Palm Canyon Theatre, July 8–17
Monday Night Bingo with Bella da Ball
The Kings Highway at The Ace Hotel is bringing back their Monday Night Bingo after a two year hiatus starting Monday, July 4 from 7–9 pm. The beautiful and lovely Palm Springs treasure Bella da Ball is back too! She will be hosting, calling numbers and giving away prizes. Reservations are strongly recommended as space is limited. More info
Pride Month LGBTQ PS Tram Hike – Rescheduled
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Friends of the Desert Mountains present Celebrate Pride Month LGBTQ PS Tram Hike on Thursday, July 7 from 9 am–4 pm. Queer and trans youth, ages 14–25, are invited to join. Meeting spots @ The Center Coachella, and Indio Teen Center at 9 am. Transportation, admission and lunch are provided! RSVP please. More info
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The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect pool party music! Listen Online
- Summer Sing-A-Long Series: Mamma Mia!
Sat. Jul 2 at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- Sizzlin’ Summer Sale Presented by KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide
Sat. Jul 9 from 12–6 pm, and Sun. Jul 10 from 10 am–3 pm
- The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage
Jul 10, 17, 24 & 31 at Desert Theatreworks
- The Center’s Inaugural Women’s Social
Wed. Jul 13 from 5:30–7pm at Margaritaville Resort
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Don’t miss “This Way Out,” Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KGAY 106.5. This week: “Once upon a time at the Stonewall Inn …”; Porter and Vanee take down Texas Republican trans-phobes; the overthrow of Roe threatens U.S. queer rights, a Japanese court rejects a same-gender marriage case, international sports bodies tighten trans restrictions, Sao Paulo Pride draws millions with its anti-Bolsonaro theme, and RuPaul dresses down drag queen critics!