The July 4 holiday is a time for barbecue, fireworks and poolside relaxation. But this year's long holiday weekend also provides ample time for families to take in a cultural event or two.
Here's a selection of seven area events and venues that includes choices for that other Independence Day staple -- the outdoor concert. All the options are intended to be family friendly, and themes range from the very patriotic to the cosmopolitan. The events listed below require paid admission, unless otherwise noted.
Getty Center and Villa: Both locations of the Getty Museum are open Saturday until 9 p.m. As always, entry is free at both locations, but parking fees apply. (The Getty Villa also requires timed tickets.)
Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl (Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.): The orchestra led by conductor Sarah Hicks will perform patriotic music, with fireworks. Smokey Robinson will also make a guest appearance. Tickets for children 12 and under are half-price.
Pacific Symphony at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (Saturday, 8 p.m.): Patriotic favorites, a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and a fireworks finale will be part of the orchestra's celebration. The concert will also feature a tribute to the band Journey.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Free musical performances will take place in the library's courtyard, including appearances by the Los Angeles Police Department Swing Band and the LAPD Concert Band. Other free activities include presidential reenactments and family games.
Shakespeare Orange County (Saturday, 10:30 a.m.): The Orange County stage company's annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Festival Amphitheatre in Garden Grove usually takes about 30 minutes. Free and open to the public.
Theatricum Botanicum (Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.): The Topanga theater company hosts an all-day celebration that includes old-fashioned barn dancing as well as activities for adults and kids.
USO Show Troupe at Dodger Stadium (Saturday, post-game): After Saturday's match between the Dodgers and the New York Mets, the USO Show Troupe will have a special performance followed by a fireworks show set to begin at approximately 8:45 p.m. Music from the upcoming Cirque du Soleil show "Kurios" will be featured. But sorry, no acrobats.