LONG BEACH, Calif. – For 38 years Everette Hoard has worked aboard the Queen Mary.

Hoard moved to Southern California from Alabama when he was 20 years old and worked his way up the chain starting in the ship’s shop. In 2009 he achieved the highest rank on the vessel, commodore. Now he is the face of the ocean liner.

Commodore Hoard will be part of the Fourth of July celebration on the Queen Mary. There will be dancing, food, fireworks launched off the stern of the ship, live music, and an air show with vintage World War II planes.

While Commodore Hoard has been part of many Independence Day celebrations on the ship, this one has special meaning. On July 5 a new museum exhibit will open on board. It takes a look at the Queen Mary’s storied past.

Hoard’s mentor was Captain John Treasure Jones. He was the last captain of the Queen Mary and his medals will be on display in the exhibit, as well as a few pieces from Commodore Hoard’s personal collection.

“I never get tired of coming to the Queen Mary. Every day is an adventure. This ship has a soul,” said Hoard.

On July 4 many people will see what makes the Queen Mary so special. Commodore Hoard has been enchanted since he was a child.

“I don’t have words for it. It’s wonderful. It’s a dream come true. I try to remain humble,” said Hoard.

The Queen Mary’s sister ship the Queen Elizabeth will greet the Queen Mary in the harbor for a “Royal Rendezvous” before the fireworks start. This will mark the third time they have crossed paths since 1967.

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