The Ritz Carlton in the Marina Del Rey is always a great way to spend the
4th of July Holiday. Great food, expert chefs, live band, a view of
the marina, and smell of a great barbeque, is what makes
the the Ritz a hit!
The Ritz Carlton hotel has been doing this event every year and it shows because
they have it just about perfected. The band was playing all afternoon and
was very pleasant while enjoying the very large spread of things to
eat at the buffet. There as everything from the usual hamburgers and hot
dogs to colossal shrimps, baby back ribs, large top sirloin steaks, and
There were plenty of side dishes too each one better that the next, and yes they
had baked beans too. There was plenty of stuff for the kids to eat also
with popcorn, cotton candy, Caramel Apples and sno-cones all done in
a carnival style. For desert there was delicious apple pie of course
as well as cherry pie, cookies, brownies and self-serve soft ice cream.
Let's just say that nobody left hungry!
The food and activities were all great, but unfortunately the weather was very
cold for a southern California day. To make things even worse it was very
overcast at the beach and many people left before the fireworks show, which can
be see over the marina on a clear night. It didn't look like there
would be a show worth waiting for so we did what many others did and
beat the traffic getting out of the marina area.
The weather spoiled it for many, although I don't think the kids even
noticed. All in all it was still a very pleasant way to spend
the 4th of July.