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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

What to Do this Fourth of July

Posted By on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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Sure, you could be like everyone else and head over to Pier 39 for the Fourth of July fireworks action, or you could spice things up with one of these alternative activities.

Tango in Union Square

Spend your holiday learning how to dance the tango with the critically acclaimed Redwood Tango Ensemble. This free event is preceded by introductory dance lessons by pros -- so show up early if you want to get a spot. After they show you some sweet new moves, a live band starts up and you can dance the night away. The action starts at 6 p.m.

Music to our Ears

Sit back and relax at the Shoreline Amphitheatre as the San Francisco Symphony performs "Gold Medal Music." Now in its 26th year, the symphony includes traditional Fourth of July music as well as some contemporary tunes (like songs from Harry Potter and Rocky). The night promises to end with a bang, natch, with a full fireworks show to accompany the music. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24-$35.

Naval Gazing

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What could be a more American way to spend your Fourth than being aboard a decommissioned World War II aircraft carrier? The USS Hornet in Alameda is now a museum with everything from a flight simulator to a jump house. Explore the many different parts of this massive (and some say haunted) ship before going up to the flight deck and watching the fireworks display. All-day events are planned, starting at 11 a.m. and going til 10 p.m. Tickets are $10-$20.

Tickle Your Funny Bone

Get the last laugh with these local comedy shows compiled by our resident comedic expert Dana Sitar. Tonight's lineup includes Self-Esteem(less) Comedy and Jillarious at Tommy T's.

A Mime Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Last but not least, the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe is taking the 1 percent to task for their season opener, For the Greater Good (or The Last Election). This band of loony thespians is always a crowd pleaser. Plus, this is theater we can all afford -- it's free. Show starts at 1:30 p.m. at Dolores Park.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.
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Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.


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