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Fantastic Shows and Where to Find Them

June 27, 2016

This Independence Day the skies over many an American city will be a little quieter due to the nation’s collective tightening of belts, but Le Montrose is perfectly located in the heart of glowing Los Angeles, and we’re going to tell you how your entourage can secure a patriotic good time. You’ll gobble up some delicious barbeque, march to the beat of a soldier’s snare, and ultimately get the biggest bang for your firework buck.

If your idea of commemorating America’s freedom includes trombones and baton men clad in white then slide over to the Westside’s Pacific Palisades. The parade shoves off from historic Sunset Boulevard, and admission is free. Fifty dollars lands you in a seat in the private grandstands for a better, unobstructed view. And while a rousing afternoon street parade is a no-brainer for Fourth of July, the evening’s fireworks destination is going to be a tough decision. As far as extravaganzas go there’s simply too many great picks. It’s the Hollywood Bowl, a Los Angeles standard, competing against a graveyard to the stars.

Depending on just how you define "old school," you might be psyched to know legendary soft rock band Chicago will be performing in concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra as part of the venue’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular. Kids under 12 receive a huge 50% discount on tickets, which start at less than $20. Movie buffs and aficionados of summer, however, know a thing or two about Santa Monica Boulevard’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery and its outdoor palooza, Cinespia. Besides the live DJ spinning records and undulating lines before photo booths, it all winds up with a screening of Grease and blast of professional fireworks.

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