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USS Iowa: Fourth Anniversary, Fourth of July

The San Pedro battleship marks its first four years in Southern California.

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    The San Pedro battleship marks its four years in Southern California on Monday, July 4. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    We were treated to a number of notable photographs in 2012, as we are every year, but these particular snapshots involved something monumental in size passing by well-known landmarks.

    Think of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art boulder, and its 11-day trip from a Riverside quarry. Think of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, rolling by local treasure Randy's Donuts.

    And remember how in 2012 the USS Iowa, "The Battleship of Presidents," passed with ceremony under the Golden Gate Bridge after departing its longtime home of Richmond for San Pedro.

    Yes, you're right, that did happen at the end of May that year, but the ship will mark its arriving-in-Southern-California anniversary on Monday, July 4, just in time for Independence Day.

    There's fine reason for that, as the USS Iowa officially debuted to the public, after its journey south, on July 7, 2012.

    To honor the occasion, the battleship will offer free Fourth of July admission for active military, reservists, veterans, and retired military. On tap for the day? Tours of the massive ship, which served in the Pacific in World War II.

    You might have heard word of the USS Iowa being up for a Readers' Choice Best Museum Ship accolade. The voting is on now, through noontime on Monday, July 18. Adding to the ship's story? A new exhibit area, with art and interactive displays, will debut on July 7, 2016.

    Of course, the battleship isn't just a museum, but a robust part of the San Pedro and Los Angeles communities. Look for the ship to play host during the inaugural LA Fleet Week over Labor Day Weekend 2016.

    Four years, on the the Fourth of July. Happy anniversary, USS Iowa.

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