How do I love Hollywood Bowl 4th of July? Let me count the ways. Spoiler alert, there’s 10 ways!
10- I love that the crowd goes sincerely nuts for the fireworks.
9- I love looking around to see the servicemen and women stand when the orchestra plays the songs for the different branches of the armed forces. Look at that elderly Army guy! I wonder which war he fought in? Check out that hippie lady! She was in the Coast Guard, who would’ve guessed?
8- I love being chauffeured by Hollywood Bowl Park and Ride from the Westside.
7- I love that no matter who the headliner is for the Hollywood Bowl 4th of July, it’s a perfect fit. John Fogerty? Awesome! Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers? Delightful! Randy Newman? Sure, why not! Okay, I may have skipped the Vince Gil year. But I bet he was great.
6- I love all the over-the-top patriotic outfits and headgear, worn completely without irony.
5- Heck, I love the over-the-top patriotic outfits and headgear that maybe have a teeny wink of irony. Full disclosure: I wore a shirt with a sparkly bald eagle on it this year.
4- I love how excited the conductor is that he’s freaking conducting the Hollywood Bowl 4th of July concert. The members of the LA Phil always seem pretty jazzed, too.
3- I love bringing my own bubbly. American made, of course, for Independence Day.
2- I love when the choir kicks ass on The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
1- I love that in jaded, apathetic Los Angeles there is still a place you can go to experience the true spirit of Independence Day. Long live the Hollywood Bowl 4th of July!
What’s your favorite thing about the Hollywood Bowl 4th of July?