Liam's List: Fourth of July Edition

Liam wishes you a Happy Fourth of July.

Your guide to food + fun + more while staying connected and sheltering-in-place.

July 4th, 1776 was not a good day for the British - but this Brit is overjoyed to say HAPPY 4th AMERICA!

CONTEST: HOT DOG EATINGBay Area eating champ Joey Chestnut battles for a coveted 13th Dog Eating title at NATHANS CONEY ISLAND HOT DOG CONTEST on Saturday at 9 a.m. The Vallejo native will try and smash his world record of 74 dogs in 12 minutes. Miki Sudo is competing in the women’s contest for her 7th title. Watch all the action on TV or online.

MUSIC: PLAYLIST FOR THE FOURTH OF JULYWhat’s on your playlist for July 4th? Billboard has you covered if you are challenged. From Bruce Springsteen’s rousing anthem "Born in the U.S.A." to "Party In The U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus - this list has it all. My fave patriotic song is "Coming To America" by Neil Diamond, an anthem for dreamers like myself who ventured to the States for a better life. Thank you, America. Download the playlist here.

MOVIES: FILMS FOR THE FOURTHMy pal and everyone’s fave film critic Jan Wahl shares her flicks for the fourth. One of my faves is Mrs.Doubtfire a film released in 1993, the year I moved to San Francisco. It’s a story about the lengths a father will go to, to stay connected with his kids while going through a divorce. This film is hilarious but also a heart-tugger and stars my fave, the late great Robin Williams. Enjoy MOVIE TALK with me and Jan via SF Bay Times.

PORCH PARADE: FREMONTThe town of Fremont is doing something new for this mid-COVID - July 4th a parade of decorated porches. Prizes will be awarded to the best homes and businesses decorated all things red, white and blue. Locals are invited to walk or bike through the town at a distance and enjoy the decked for the Fourth of July homes and hoods. Performers will also put on a virtual July 4th show here.

EVENT: FOURTH OF JULY ON THE PIERThe U.S.S. Hornet on Pier 3, Alameda plans to mark Independence Day by displaying some wares from the mighty aircraft carrier on its neighboring pier, including a jet cockpit and other historic artifacts. A DJ will play big-band music at the FREE event on Fourth of July from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. reflecting the Hornet’s World War II legacy. Attendees are asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask.

FESTIVAL. BEST OF THE FESTEnjoy past performances from San Francisco’s longest running festival, STERN GROVE. This week we celebrate two genres Jazz and R&B with performances by Hugh Masekela, O’Jays and more. Yours truly will host. Catch the TV show Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and then hop over to the online extended edition from 5 p.m. here.

DONATE: FOOD FOR A CAUSEConsider a donation to your local food bank this weekend. The need is greater than its ever been. Help feed AMERICA and especially the vulnerable ones, the young and the elderly. I am supporting SF & MARIN FOOD BANK. Each dollar donated provides two meals for our neighbours.

PODCAST: WITNESS BLACK HISTORYThe BBC has just launched a new weekly podcast delving deep into Black History in the UK and around the world. The time is now to think honestly about what it means to be a true ally to your black brothers and sisters. It’s our job as allies to listen and learn and this podcast is a jolly good start. Recent episodes tackle the LA riots to Britain’s first black policeman. #BlackLivesMatter

STREAMING EVENT: HAMILTONFinally the story of Alexander Hamilton comes to the small screen. The Tony award winning musical by and starting Lin Manuel-Miranda also features his stellar original Broadway cast. The perfect TV event for this July 4th and a production that was due to be released in theatres in 2021, but then COVID-19 hit and this is our awesome reward. This exclusive TV event streams via Disney plus.

TV: PRIDE GENERATIONS OF HOPEEnjoy the best of SF PRIDE in this one-hour special on the Fourth of July Sunday at 11:35 p.m. Our first SF PRIDE was 50 years ago. The story will be told in this PRIDE 50th broadcast by my TV family KPIX.

VIRTUAL: ROAD TRIP AMERICAJoin National Geographic writer Rachel Brown for a 2,500-mile road trip across America from Washington, D.C. to Tuscon, Arizona. Escape for a little bit and soak up the sights in the "land of the free" during COVID-19 times. But what would your road trip music be?

Finally, with bars still closed and restaurants closed for indoor dining, al fresco options are the way to go. Support your local bars and restaurants by buying a gift card for future use or ordering food to go. Please stay home, stay safe, wear a mask and save lives.

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