Getty Center

A view of the Getty Center in Brentwood, where the grounds and exhibits will be open on Independence Day for the first time. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / December 3, 2002)

The Fourth of July offers a number of opportunities to celebrate U.S. independence in a cultural setting -- the grounds of an art museum, perhaps, or the outdoor ambiance of a classical orchestra. Here are four local ways to observe this year's July 4.

Getty Museum: For the first time, both of the Getty's museum sites will be open on Independence Day, officials said. The sites will be open at 10 a.m. on Friday, with the Getty Center in Brentwood closing at 9 p.m. and the Getty Villa near Malibu closing at 5 p.m.

Hollywood Bowl: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell are teaming up with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a series of concerts (with fireworks). The concerts, featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, began Wednesday and conclude Friday evening.

Grand Park: Downtown L.A.'s Grand Park is asserting itself as a new cultural presence for the city. This year, it will serve as host to a July 4 celebration that is expected to draw tens of thousands of people. Festivities, including live music, are scheduled to begin in the late afternoon, with a fireworks display set to go off by 9 p.m.

Pacific Symphony: The Orange County orchestra will present an Independence Day concert  at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater featuring the ensemble Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The plans call for patriotic music and a fireworks finale.

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