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There are many things going on in July, the official month of red, white and blue, in Los Angeles. In our monthly series All Things July, we bring you style inspiration on what to wear this coming Tuesday (Hello, 4th of July!), as well as our favorite clothing and accessory picks. Try the Hello Kitty inspired Ice Cream by Afters’ (Your tastebuds and Instagram feed will love you.) Watch the new crime drama Snowfall debuting on FX. Read the juicy beach novel, Secrets in Summer. Become a detective and solve a mystery at Escape Room LA. Find out what LA has to offer when it comes to celebrating the Fourth (it’s a lot). Relax while listening to new jams by Poolside, Bone Thugs, David Guetta x Bruno Mars and Plump DJs.
In need of some 4th of July style inspiration? Take a look at our favorite red white and blue looks and read our tips and tricks on how to recreate them this Tuesday. Then shop our favorite 'American' inspired clothing and accessories down below.
Who doesn't love delicious ice cream and Hello Kitty? The California based chain, Afters Ice Cream is collaborating with Hello Kitty to create two flavors like Strawberry Cake (vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake crumbs and house-made strawberry swirl), and Mama's Apple Pie (vanilla ice cream, apple pie filling, cinnamon and applesauce). Choose between a Hello Kitty cup, a cone or Afters’ signature “milky bun” (a glazed donut stuffed with ice cream).
Afters’ will be serving up their yummy treats at all of their locations until the end of August.
While you’re nursing your Fourth of July hangover, tune into FX on July 5th for the debut of John Singleton’s (Boyz n the Hood, Baby Boy, Higher Learning) crime drama, Snowfall. Set in South Central and East LA during the 1980s, Snowfall chronicles the start of the crack epidemic and tells the story of several characters whose lives intersect and how they're affected by it.
Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer (the queen of juicy summertime novels), takes place on the shore of Nantucket where Darcy Cotterill lives in the house she inherited from her grandmother. Darcy who normally enjoys meeting her new summer neighbors gets quite a surprise when her ex-husband, his new wife and stepdaughter move in next door. What follows is family drama, secrets, truths about love and life and friendship. Get out the SPF, pour a martini and enjoy this beachside read.
When it’s too hot to be outside but you’re sick of sitting on your couch, it’s time to get up and do something fun--in the AC. Escape Room LA offers just that. With three interactive rooms (The Alchemist, The Cavern, The Detective and The Theater) you play the detective in solving a puzzle in which you need to ‘escape’ before the timer runs out. Think of it as being apart of a real life mystery where the crime doesn’t get solved unless you solve it.
- $32 per person on weekdays, and $37 per person on weekends
- The whole experience is around 90 minutes
- You can book a private room for a private event
See: All The Fourth of July Events in Los Angeles
No matter where you plan to celebrate the Fourth and whether you're looking for a free event or an all out show, there are fireworks and events happening all over Los Angeles. Check out some of the best below.
- The Hollywood Bowl: 3 Day July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Pentatonix
- Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Screening of Jurassic Park + Fireworks
- The Queen Mary: All-American 4th of July
- Aquarium of The Pacific: July 4th Late Night & BBQ
- Alamitos Bay Marina: Big Bang On The Bay Party, July 3rd
- Catalina King Yacht: July 4th Fireworks Yacht Party: Pier Pressure
- Dodger Stadium: 4th of July Spectacular
- Rose Bowl: 4th of July AmericaFest
- Grand Park: 4th of July Block Party
Listen To These Albums
Normally when writing "All Things," we choose our favorite albums that were recently released. This month, however, there were to many good ones to choose from so here are our favorite four albums to listen to that you’ll be sure to want to add to your summertime playlist.