Hey there reader! Alex here from Venice Paparazzi. It is almost time to Celebrate 4th of July, which is the birthday of America, and the birthday of Venice. There are many fantastic things to do over the next several days. So, to make sure that you are aware of all the options, and can maximize the fun factor, here is list of what’s crackin’ in the V for the 4th! . LOCAL EVENTS /.. Did you know that July 4th is also Venice, California’s birthday? View fun ways to celebrate and a Venice History Lesson. 100’s of athletes will line the iconic stage of Muscle Beach Gym at the July 4th Mr. & Ms Muscle Beach. Bodybuilding, physique, bikini, Vintage, and more. Expo and pre-judging starts at 10 a.m. Ceremony, National Anthem and Finals at 1 p.m. . Celebrate 4th of July with a spectacular fireworks display over the water in Marina del Rey, California! , Best viewing locations: Burton Chase Park, Fisherman’s Village, Tony P’s Dockside Grill, and at High Rooftop Lounge ., Venice Tribe Djs’ dance beach party. Starts at 1p.m., . Harrison Ave’s 4th Annual July 4th Block Party. 12:30pm to 8pm. The Potential Suitors goes on at 2p.m. ., Doors tribute band Peace Frog plays at The Venice Beach Bar. at 9:00 p.m. on July 3.. . 4th of July early morning yoga jam with super star instructors at YAS Fitness Instructors ,. Fourth of July Parade on Main Street Santa Monica. Starts at 9:30 a.m . . Fourth of July Parade in Westchester. Starts at 11 a.m. Hosted by LAX Coastal . . FAQ’S Need parking? Hotel Erwin has overnight valet that includes a beach swag bag for only $42. View additional Venice parking info Having a BBQ? Jody Maroni’s has packages of their famous sausages on sale to go! Got kids? Cow’s End Cafe will have a sing a long for kids on both the 3rd and 4th of July from 10:30- 11:30a.m.! View full kid’s activities checklist! Need a room? The Cadillac Hotel, Venice Beach Suites and Hotels, Venice Breeze Suites, and Hotel Erwin. All have a vibe their own and are steps from the sand! Got Dogs? Here is how to keep your dogs safe! View list of 50+ fun things to do in Venice, California Learn the story on Venice’s founder Abbot Kinney. Want to beautify? Beautify at Epithereal, an integrated beauty experience and Non-Surgical approach to skin care! Check out their local deals! Got Smoke? 15% off of select 1/8’s at Green Goddess. Find the best outdoor Venice patios. ./ HOW ABOUT SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY? . $15 all day bike rentals from Jay’s Rentals. $75 surf lessons at Maui and Sons, included board rental, wetsuit, and 1.5 hours of instruction Early morning yoga jam with super star instructors at YAS Fitness Instructors on July 4th $3.50 wheat grass shots, and awesome organic smoothies at Muscle Beach Juice Bar Visit the newly opened Muscle Beach Nutrition store for all your supplement needs. Located across from Muscle Beach Gym on the Venice Boardwalk. View full Venice physical activities list .. Monday, July 3rd: Rad Food and Drink options for everyone! . Bottomless brunch and dinner at Sunny Spot. $5 cocktails, food starting at $2, at The Sidewalk Cafe from 3:00 -7:00 p.m. 2 for 1 drinks at Cabo Cantina from 4-7 p.m. and 10:00-midnight $4 select beers, at $5 select food at Simmzy’s 4:00 -7:00 p.m. $5 select rolls and Sake at Hama Sushi. In the Marina? Pro tip: Tony P’s Dockside Grill has the best happy hour in the marina, period. It is not even close. 3:00-6:00 p.m. daily Barlo happy hour runs from 5-7 p.m $1 dumplings at Canal Club 5:00- 7:00 p.m. Want some banging’ tuna? Get your sashimi fix on at Poke-Poke, now located at Jody Maroni‘s $9 Watermelon margarita, $6 mimosas, and bloody Mary’s, and 1/2 priced wine at James’ Beach all night Go Greek! Malaka Brothers delivers grass fed lamb gyros, organic frozen yogurt and more all day . Tuesday, July 4th: Rad food and drinks options for everyone! . Bottomless Brunch until 4:30 at Sunny Spot. $6 all you can eat tacos at Cabo Cantina $5 cocktails, food starting at $2, at The Sidewalk Cafe from 3:00 -7:00 p.m. In the Marina? Pro tip: Tony P’s Dockside Grill has the best happy hour in the marina, period. It is not even close. 3:00-6:00 p.m. daily 2 for 1 drinks at Cabo Cantina from 4-7 p.m. and 10:00-midnight Go Greek! Malaka Brothers delivers grass fed lamb gyros, organic frozen yogurt and more all day! $4 select beers, at $5 select food at Simmzy’s 4:00 -7:00 p.m. $5 select rolls and Sake at Hama Sushi from 4-7 p.m. $4.50 select drafts and more at Canal Club 5:00- 7:00 p.m. $15 for their famous mahi-mahi tacos at James’ Beach. $9 Watermelon margarita, $6 mimosas, and bloody Mary’s James’ Beach Want some banging’ tuna? Get your sashimi fix on at Poke-Poke, now located at Jody Maroni‘s Barlo happy hour runs from 5-7 p.m $5 all you can eat tacos at The Sidewalk Cafe from 8:00pm – 10:00pm View all Venice food and drink options here. .. .,. DISCOVER VENICE! . Check out this list of 50+ fun things to do in Venice, California Want to know about Venice’s founder Abbot Kinney, and Venice history? Check out Detour’s audio tour Venice: Abbot Kinney’s Impossible Dream. . . For all Venice Beach Fun, check out VisitVeniceCA.com ..