Go Metro on the Fourth of July! Here are the service hours and some events easy to reach via Metro

Fireworks over the Queen Mary and Long Beach in 2011. Photo by Marjorie, via Flickr creative commons.

Fireworks over the Queen Mary and Long Beach in 2011. Photo by Marjorie, via Flickr creative commons.

Planning on going Metro this Friday, July 4? We hope so! From Grand Park to the Coliseum to the Queen Mary, there are plenty of Fourth of July festivities easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail. Just keep in mind that due to the holiday, Metro will make the following modifications to service:

In anticipation of increased ridership, all Metro Rail Lines will follow a Saturday schedule this Friday, July 4. This means trains will run until around 2 a.m. with full-platform-length trains on many lines. As many of you are already aware, fare is $1.50 per line or $5 for a Day Pass, which expires at 3 a.m. the day after the purchase date. TAP cards cannot be shared–everyone needs to purchase, load, and TAP their own card. To avoid long lines at the TAP vending machines on your way home, load return fare in advance of your initial trip.

On the bus side, Metro Orange and Silver Line will also operate on a Saturday schedule with service until 2 a.m. on July 4. All other Metro buses will follow their respective Sunday/Holiday schedules, which means certain bus lines will not run at all this Friday.

Here are just a few Fourth of July events easily accessible by Metro – if you’re heading to one not on the list, let us know in the comments! Please refer to individual timetables for exact schedules and days of operation for Metro Bus and Rail lines.

One note: there is NO shuttle operating from Old Pasadena to the Rose Bowl for the Americafest fireworks display. The Rose Bowl is about a 1.5-mile to 2.0-mile walk from the Gold Line’s Memorial Park station depending on your route — and not quite as far if you’re watching from vantage points along the Arroyo Seco.

Grand Park 4th of July Block Party

The doors open at 1 p.m. at Grand Park! The free party will feature live performances starting at 4 p.m. and on-site food vendors. You can also dine at nearby DTLA restaurants and save on your bill with your TAP card! Rooftop fireworks go off at 9 p.m. Make sure to load your TAP card with cash fare or a Day Pass in advance to avoid long lines at the TAP vending machines when heading home. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, exit on 1st Street–Temple Street exit will only be open for ADA/elevator access)

4th of July at Exposition Park

The KJLH Fireworks Extravaganza at Expo Park is a free event for the whole family. The music festival takes place from 2 to 8 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Coliseum and there will be fireworks at 9 p.m. Food vendors will also be on-site. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Bus 40, 204 or Rapid 754 to MLK/Vermont)

July 4th Late Night and BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of The Pacific will be extending their hours to 10 p.m. so you can enjoy the aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the city of Long Beach fireworks display. Admission is $14.95 if you enter after 5 p.m. If you’re heading there earlier, show your TAP card to get a discount on regular admission! The aquarium will also be serving a special BBQ menu that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Adult tickets to the meal cost $48 and include aquarium admission. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station then walk south on Pine Avenue, or transfer to free Passport Shuttle)

Soccer and Fireworks: LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers

Can’t get enough soccer action? Head to a game and take in some fireworks at the StubHub Center. The LA Galaxy take on the Portland Timbers at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30. (Metro Bus 130, 51 or 52 to Victoria/Avalon)

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Go Metro Weekends, June 27 − 29

Friday

This Friday, Grand Performances presents Movie Music Magic at 8 p.m. in beautiful California Plaza. From Sound of Music to Skyfall, this free concert features memorable songs from the silver screen performed by husband-wife classical duo Alan Chapman and Karen Benjamin. Go Metro and save on dinner at the Omni’s Noé Restaurant & Bar or Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or various Metro and municipal buses serving Grand Avenue, Olive Street or Hill Street.)

Saturday

Explore Little Tokyo and its rich history with the Japanese American National Museum’s Little Tokyo Walking Tour this Saturday morning. The tour lasts from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., weather permitting, and is $9 for members, $14 for non-members (price includes admission to the museum). Present your valid TAP card and receive $2 off adult admission and 10% off at the Chado Tea Room. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 30/330 or 40 to Judge John Aiso/Temple, or DASH A to 1st/Central.)

El Pueblo de Los Angeles becomes Tacolandia this Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.! Forty of L.A. and Mexico’s best taco vendors will face off for titles such as “Best Non-Traditional Taco,” “Best in Show,” and “Tacolandia Hall of Fame.” Take in the competition while enjoying drinks, live music, and of course, lots and lots of tacos. The event is free to attend, but you must be 21+. (Metro Gold, Red/Purple, or Silver Line to Union Station, or various Metro buses serving Union Station.)

Sunday

DUN DA DUN DUN, DUN DA DUN–the Indiana Jones Triple Feature at the Egyptian Theatre takes place this Sunday! See Raiders of the Lost Ark at 5 p.m., Temple of Doom at 7:35 p.m., The Last Crusade at 9:45 p.m., or any combination of the three–one ticket gets you in to all showings! General admission is $11, students $9. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)

From Indie to Indie rock, drop by The Echo for “The Grand Ole Echo” this Sunday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This free event features different Americana and country/roots musicians every week. Dance and mingle to live and DJed sets, grab a drink, and enjoy some homemade BBQ. (Metro Rapid 704 or Metro Bus 4, 200, or 2/302 to Echo Park/Sunset or Bus 92 to Glendale/Park.)

All Weekend

It’s an especially exciting weekend at the Hollywood Bowl, with Mariachi USA returning this Saturday at 6 p.m. and Robyn + Royksopp on Sunday at 7 p.m. The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition is partnering with Metro and the Hollywood Bowl to provide complimentary valet bike parking at this Sunday’s concert. Show your valid TAP card or bike valet ticket at the Hollywood Bowl Museum Patio before the show and receive a free scoop of Peddler’s Creamery ice cream. Sweet!

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Go Metro Weekends, June 20 – 22

Friday

See some of the best dance troupes in Southern California at the So Cal Dance Invitational! The show takes place at the John Ford Amphitheate. Watch the Lulu Washington Dance Company, L.A. Contemporary Dance company and other modern dance groups put on a great production for all in attendance! The show starts at 8:30 p.m with tickets starting at $30 online or at the box office. (Metro Bus 156 or 222 to Cahuenga/John Ford Amphitheater)

Saturday

Check out high-flying helicopters at the American Heroes Air Show! The Hansen Dam Sports Complex will be hosting the rotary aviation event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free to attend. Don’t forget to show your TAP Card for 5% off of helicopter rides. (Metro Bus 233 to Terra Bella/Foothill)

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Culver City Arts District. The event is open to the public. Enjoy great weather, art gallery tours and live music from noon to 7 p.m. Show your TAP card for discounts at several Culver City businesses. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station)

Groove to the sounds of your favorite music genre at Make Music LA! Several locations throughout the county will be hosting free live music sessions between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Be sure to look up venue locations and plan your trip. While you’re at it, use your TAP card for various discounts around town, including participating Papa John’s Pizza. (Use Trip Planner)

Sunday

Koreatown Oddity will be hosting a set at Amoeba Music this Sunday. The rapper in a wolf mask will be in the house at 5 p.m. to perform some of his most popular hits. Show your TAP card to save $3 on of any item $5 or more! (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station then walk two blocks down Ivar Avenue towards Sunset Boulevard)

All Weekend

The Hollywood Fringe Fest is going on until June 29. This celebration of visual and performing arts takes place in over 50 venues around town. Want your Fringe Button for  cheap? Show your TAP card and save $2! (Metro Bus 4 to Santa Monica/Wilcox)

Come out to the DTLA Night Market June 20 and 21! Happening at the STAPLES Center parking lot #7, this fusion of L.A. and Asian cultures provides a great atmosphere for patrons to shop and have a great time! The night market takes place from 4 p.m. to midnight both days. Save $2 on admission with your TAP card. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station)

Go Metro Weekends, June 13 − 15

A standout from last year's Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado, captured by Scrubhiker via Flickr/Creative Commons. This annual event was the recipient of a Guinness World Record for largest art event of its kind in 2010, and takes place this Saturday - Sunday.

A standout from last year’s Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado, captured by Scrubhiker via Flickr/Creative Commons. This annual event received the Guinness World Record for largest art event of its kind in 2010, and it’s taking place this Saturday – Sunday.

Friday

Celebrate the classic hit movie La Bamba with Metro and the Los Angeles Film Festival at Union Station this Friday. The free screening takes place in the old ticket concourse at 8:30 p.m. There will be a jitterbug dance lesson before the movie at 7:30 p.m. and a Q&A session with the cast and filmmakers at 8 p.m. Come early as seating fills up fast! Those with TAP cards get preferential seating and can also receive 20% off at the Union Station Wetzel’s Pretzels on June 13 only! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold, or Silver Line to Union Station or various Metro buses serving Patsaouras Transit Plaza.)

Saturday

Meet fellow enthusiasts of biking, design, and dim sum this Saturday on the Design-n-Dim Sum bike tour organized by the Los Angeles Design Festival. The ride starts at 10:30 a.m. at Flying Pigeon bike shop in Highland Park, stops at various studios in Glassell Park, and finishes at the Golden Dragon in Chinatown. A limited number of bikes are available for rent. Those with bikes are welcome to ride for free, but those dining must purchase a $20 advance ticket. (Metro Gold Line to Heritage Square/Arroyo Station or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Amabel.)

The City of Santa Monica hosts the Santa Monica Festival this Saturday in Clover Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The focus of the free festival is sustainability and health as well as a celebration of the 151st anniversary of the emancipation proclamation. Free bike parking will be available, and Big Blue Bus 8 will also be free for the day with a downloadable coupon. (Big Blue Bus 8 to Ocean Park EB/25th or Ocean Park WB/28th.)

Chinatown Summer Nights in Central Plaza is back, and the first event of the season is this Saturday from 5 p.m. through midnight. Enjoy music and dancing with 89.9 KCRW DJs, as well as food and shopping from food carts and local vendors. The event is free to all. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or Metro Bus 83 or 84/68 to Broadway/Chinatown, or Metro Rapid 794 to Hill/College.)

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Go Metro Weekends, June 6 – 8

A Purple Line train waiting to go into service at Union Station. Jon Ross Alexander/Metro.

A Purple Line train waiting to go into service at Union Station. Jon Ross Alexander/Metro.

Friday

Check out “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!” This classic Broadway play makes its way to Hollywood Pantages and will be in town through June 22. You can save $20 on select showings just by having a valid TAP Card!  (Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station)

Saturday

For all of you cosplay fans, the LA Cosplay Con is at the Hyatt Century City! From Goku to Gundams and Superman to Sasuke, come out and enjoy yourself! Event starts at 10 a.m. with tickets starting at $10 online. (Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Whittier then transfer to Santa Monica Big Blue Bus 5 to Constellation/Avenue of the Stars)

In the mood for a unique musical experience? Head to Pasadena for Make Music Pasadena! Over 150 free live concerts over 12 hours will take place in Old Pasadena! Need to recharge between shows? Head to Urth Caffe for 10 percent off of food and drink purchases.

Street Food Cinema brings its talents to Exposition Park! Food trucks, movies in the grass and great weather. What more could you ask for?! This week’s selection is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Movie starts at 8 p.m. but it’s recommended you get there early. Tickets start at $12. (Metro Expo Line to Expo/USC Station)

Sunday

June is Pride month! Come down to the LA Pride parade and festival and show how proud you are of who you are! While the festival lasts all weekend, the parade takes place on Sunday starting at 6 a.m. For more on getting around at the weekend festival and for West Hollywood detour information, click here.

All Weekend

It’s almost summer, meaning it’s now officially barbecue season. Take a weekend long tour of L.A.’s best BBQ joints with Meat Weekend’s BBQ Bus Crawl. Starting at Union Station, you get eight fixed plates with at least two types of meat and a side at eight different venues each day. Tickets are available for Saturday, Sunday or two day VIP packages. Tickets start at $50 for single day pricing but they stop selling at noon today! (Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line or several local and rapid bus lines to Union Station)

Go Metro Weekends, May 30 − June 1

The Harvey Girls pushed the boundary of opportunity for women in the American West. Learn more at Metro Present's free documentary screening this Saturday. Image courtesy of Northern Arizona University, Cline Library.

The Harvey Girls pushed the boundary of opportunity for women in the American West. Learn more at the Metro Presents free documentary screening this Saturday. Image courtesy of Northern Arizona University, Cline Library.

Friday

Dance Downtown is back with its second event of the season! Meet across the street from the Music Center in Grand Park for free Cumbia music, dancing and lessons. The toe-tapping starts at 6:30 p.m., and no RSVP is required. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

LACMA kicks off its summer jazz series with a performance by Judy Wexler. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Food and drink will be available for purchase. (Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Fairfax or Bus 20 or DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Ogden.)

If you’re going to see Lana del Rey at the Shrine Auditorium tonight, why not take the Metro Expo Line to Jefferson/USC Station and save on parking?

Saturday

Metro Presents the new documentary “The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound” at the Fred Harvey Room–Union Station’s art deco treasure–this Saturday at 8 p.m. The free film offers an inside look at how more than 100,000 rail station waitresses changed history by opening the doors of the American West to women. Show your TAP card for preferential seating and 10% off a box dinner from Traxx Restaurant.

Running + Yoga = ROGA! On Saturday morning the Santa Monica Pier presents free running and yoga by the beach. If jogging’s your thing, meet under the famous Santa Monica Pier sign at 8 a.m. to join others for a two or five-mile course. Those who want to try yoga, meet at the far west end of the pier at 9 a.m. for an instructor-led session; bring your own mat. Can’t decide? Do both! (Metro Rapid 733, Big Blue Bus 1 or 7 to Ocean/Colorado.)

Calling all fans of fashion, film and history–this Saturday is 1930s Vintage Glamour Day at the Egyptian Theatre! From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. enjoy 1930s makeup and hair demos, vintage clothing exhibits, a runway show and more. All of this precedes a 2 p.m. screening of Vogues of 1938. General admission to films is $11. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)

Sunday

Poetry, music, dance, theater, art–there’s something for everyone at Lummis Day, the free, family-friendly festival that showcases East L.A.’s rich history and cultures. Head to the Lummis Home and Heritage Square Museum between 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. this Sunday to join in the fun. Arrive by Metro Bus or the Gold Line and save 10% on a Lummis Day T-shirt. Free shuttle buses will provide transportation between Heritage Square/Arroyo Station and the festival. (Metro Gold Line to Heritage Square Station, or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Avenue 43 or Bus 252 to Avenue 43/Mosher.)

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Go Metro Weekends, May 23 – 25

A Long Beach bound Blue Line train pulls in to Willowbrook Station. Photo by Jon Ross Alexander/Metro.

A Long Beach bound Blue Line train pulls in to Willowbrook Station. Photo by Jon Ross Alexander/Metro.

Friday

Swing by Peddler’s Creamery for some artisan ice cream that is churned by bicycle! Show your valid TAP card to receive one free single scoop with purchase of one single scoop. Peddler’s Creamery is open today from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 92 or Rapid 720 to 5th/Main)

Saturday

Celebrate the 130th birthday of Little Tokyo! The Little Tokyo Historical Society will be discussing the historic and cultural heritage of Little Tokyo at the Central Library in downtown L.A. The event is free and starts at 1 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, then walk west along 5th Street).

Sunday

The Brig’s 1st Annual Crawfest takes place at 11 a.m. and features all the crawfish you can eat. Tickets are $45 at the door. This event is 21+ only. (Metro Rapid 733 to Venice/Abbott Kinney)

Check out the Melting Pot Tours in Old Pasadena! Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays near the corner of Raymond Avenue and Holly Street; each tour lasts about 3.5 hours. Tickets cost $75 for adults and are available online. Save $5 with your valid TAP card! (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station)

All Weekend

The 26th annual UCLA JazzReggae Fest takes place this Sunday and Monday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. both days. This year’s annual Memorial Day festival includes Snoop Dogg, Aloe Blacc and Ky-Mani Marley! General admission is $40 at the door. (Metro Bus 2, 20, 720 or 761 to UCLA)

Spice up your Memorial Day by attending The Salsa Session at Grand Park! The party starts at 2 p.m. and is free to all. Show your TAP card to be entered for a chance to win four passes to the Museum of Latin American Art! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station)

Get some sun and check out Fiesta Hermosa at the Hermosa Beach Pier. The festival takes place Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m each day. There will be art, music, food, a free bike valet and even a petting zoo for kids. Best of all, admission is free! (Metro Bus 130 to Hermosa/11th)