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Seven ways to celebrate the Fourth of July

July 1, 2011 |  9:00 am


Independence Day can feel like a barren desert for the culturally minded among us with the preponderance of blockbuster movies and family barbecues. While most museums, theaters and performance venues are closed on July 4, some doors will remain open Monday to welcome the crowds.

Here's a selective list of cultural highlights in Los Angeles that include live music, museum exhibitions and television specials. Red, white and blue attire optional.


Hollywood Bowl (7:30 p.m.): the annual fireworks spectacular will feature Daryl Hall and John Oates alongside the Hollywood Bowl orchestra.

Verizon Amphitheatre, Irvine (8 p.m.): the Pacific Symphony will perform "Salute to Elvis," in the first half of the evening's program, followed by "Patriotic Favorites" and fireworks.


California Science Center (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.): this family-friendly venue features a handful of science-themed exhibitions, plus a selection of IMAX movies.

Getty Villa (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.): current exhibitions include "In Search of Biblical Lands" and "Apollo from Pompeii."

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.): current exhibitions include the Tim Burton retrospective, "Gifts of the Sultan" and "David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy."


A Capitol Fourth on PBS (8 p.m.): actor Jimmy Smits will host the National Symphony Orchestra's concert from Washington D.C. Featured guests include Steve Martin, Matthew Morrison, Josh Groban, Kelli O'Hara and the cast of the musical "Million Dollar Quartet."

Boston Pops on CBS (10 p.m.): the Boston Pops will perform its annual concert, featuring Lionel Richie and actor Michael Chiklis.


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-- David Ng

Photo: Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times