Poolside Party: 4th of July BBQ
It's your patriotic duty to eat as much hickory-smoked pulled pork and brisket with vodka floats and mojitos as possible.
Sip-sicles: Or have your booze served poolside on a stick with $8 popsicle-style frozen cocktails.
Thu Noon. Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica (310-260-7500). Pay as you go; call for reservations.
Nearby: Chez Jay; Stella Barra; Brick + Mortar
Hip-Hop Heavyweights: Kings of the Mic Tour
A crazy-good lineup of hip-hop legends (Ice Cube, De La Soul) blazes through slammin’ old-school classics.
Speaking of legends: The Greek now serves chili-slathered Pink’s hot dogs — minus the two-hour line.
Sun 7p. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park (323-665-5857). $35-80 here.
Nearby: Figaro Bistrot; Dresden Room; Rockwell
Soldierly Slapstick: Stripes
Snack on gourmet Argentinian sandwiches and Vietnamese nachos as Bill Murray and John Candy give it the old US Army try.
Rising SoCal stars: Get there by 7p for buzzworthy OC indie-rockers The Steelwells (like a combo of The Shins and Fun).
Pyro Picnic: 4th of July Block Party
Groove to KCRW DJs and afro-funk before the afterdark debut of a light-and-pyrotechnics spectacle.
Hill Street foods: Hill St. will be lined with 10+ food trucks — we love Game On!’s spicy meatball sub.
Thu 3:30p. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Downtown (213-974-1311). Free.
Nearby: Golden Gopher; Cole's; Umamicatessen