OC 4th of July bang under the stars, PSO gets All Shook Up

By June 28, 2011Orange County

No plans yet for the 4th? There’s still time to get tickets to Pacific Symphony Orchestra’s outdoor “July 4 Spectacular”. This year, it’s Elvis, thank you very much―on Monday, July 4, 8 p.m., at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. A little “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender,” “That’s Alright.”

We’ve hit the symphony for the past few years on the 4th and it’s become our family tradition, and we love it. The kids get a kick out of picnic’ing pre-concert and snacking during the show, they get exposed to the arts while having fun outdoors, and we always know what we’re in for (no worrying about fighting for seats, outrageous crowds, etc). Of course, the fireworks are a blast as well, literally, with a large show at the end.

As far as seats go, you can’t go wrong. Lawn seats are fun and casual with a big blanket and playing around. Or you can opt for the tiered seats for added comfort and a closer view. I have no doubt the kids will like the Elvis rock-n-roll scene put to strings and brass, and I like the idea of introducing them to a legend.

About tickets, they are $25 (lawn) to $99 (orchestra); kids under 14 are half price in most sections with the purchase of an adult ticket. And if you’re a fan, you might want to consider the Five-concert Summer Festival packages. You can also opt for the Presto Picnic Package for the 4th that includes a reserved-seat ticket in the Terrace level for just $39 (regular price $55) and a Bristol Farms picnic meal selected that you pick up when you arrive through the gates (call 714.755.5799 for the picnic combo).

Happy 4th. And we’ll see you there if you go. We wouldn’t miss the tradition.

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