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12 Reasons The Fourth Of July Is The BEST. HOLIDAY. EVER.

From sea to shining sea. Just a friendly reminder from the people who celebrate the Fourth of July best, the Hollywood Bowl... where summer plays!

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1. Everyone kinda feels like this:

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2. Patriotic songs by marching bands become prime get-down opportunities.

3. "Salads" based around mayonnaise are perfectly acceptable.

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4. You get to celebrate by BLOWING THINGS UP.

5. You might hug or high five a total stranger.

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6. Flag waving is fun!

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7. Republicans and Democrats are cool with each other.

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8. When it comes to fashion, there's only one option: stars and stripes.

9. Even your weirdest relatives become kinda fun.

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10. Chin beards aren’t just for Silver Lake hipsters.

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11. It feels like a circus exploded.

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12. Things that make you go boom.

courtesy Keith Bacon

And for a Fourth of July celebration that has it all — from picnics... fireworks and great music — check out the Hollywood Bowl... where summer plays!