Palm Beach County
Boca Raton: "Fabulous Fourth" offers family activities, games, kiddies' rides starting at 6 p.m. "America, the Beautiful" stage show at 6:30 p.m. Wind Symphony of Florida performs at 7:30 p.m. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Bring chairs and blankets since the fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road (just east of Interstate 95 and Glades Road or 20th Street entrance). 561-393-7827, 561-393-7806 selection 2, ci.boca-raton.fl.us/rec/specialevents
The July 4th Celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. with a concert by Soul Survivors. They'll be performing a wide range of hits. Zambelli fireworks set to music will take place after the concert. Picnic baskets and lawn chairs are permitted. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Road. 561-488-8069, pbcgov.com/parks/amphitheaters
Boynton Beach: "Salute to Independence" celebration takes place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Amber Leigh will be performing. Food and drinks may be purchased and don't forget to bring your folding chairs and blankets. A special patriotic salute is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. and musically choreographed fireworks display by Grucci at 9 p.m. Intracoastal Park, 2240 North Federal Highway, south of Gateway Boulevard. Shuttle from Federal Highway and Ocean Avenue between 6-10 p.m. is free. 561-742-6246, boyntonbeachcra.com
Delray Beach: Here are the yearly favorite features of the celebration: sand sculpting and beautiful baby bathing suit contests, patriotic bike and scooter parade, as well as hot dog and 3 pound burger eating contests. New this year: fallen surfers memorial with surfer procession starting at 2 p.m. from intersection of Atlantic Avenue and A1A to the beach with paddling into the ocean. Also new, Cars As Art parade beginning at 5 p.m. at Old School Square and headed east on Atlantic Avenue to the Seagate Hotel for a car show (561-797-6770, carsasart.org). Boston's on the Beach will be hosting the free Red, White and Blues Festival from 2 p.m. at 40 S. Ocean Blvd. (A1A). Featured musicians are: Nucklebusters, Damon Fowler Group, Sista Marybeth, Bonefish Johnnies' Funky Roots Revue and Funkabilly Playboys. 561-278-3364, bostonbluesfest.com. Tune your radio to Sunny 104.3 FM for the fireworks music simulcast. Grucci fireworks over the ocean, at the intersection of A1A and Atlantic Avenue, begin at 8:50 p.m. 561-279-1380, downtowndelraybeach.com/july-fourth-celebration
Greenacres: "Ignite the Night", from 5-10 p.m., will offer entertainment, children's activities, food, and of course, fireworks at 9 p.m.. Greenacres Community Park, 2905 Jog Road. 561-642-2181, ci.greenacres.fl.us
Jupiter: 4th of July at Abacoa Monday, July 4 4:00p Abacoa Amphitheater, Jupiter
Come join us on Monday, July 4th from 4-10pm and celebrate with us as we turn Town Center Drive in Abacoa into a boardwalk inspired CARNIVAL, full of all of the embellishments!
Lake Worth: "Where the Tropics Begin" star-spangled celebration will take place from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. PBSO will have their K-9, SWAT, Horse, ATV and Marine units on display. Fire rescue will showcase antique and modern trucks. The raft regatta begins at 11 a.m. Traditional picnic games such as watermelon-eating contest, sack race and balloon toss can be enjoyed by all ages. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. North Bryant Park, Golfview Drive at Lake Avenue on the Intracoastal. 561-586-1600, lakeworth.org
Palm Beach Gardens: July 4th Splash: Come to the Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Complex, 4404 Burns Road, for some 4th of July fun between 11am-4pm. Enjoy the new slide, climbing wall and splash pad! There will also be music & games, and hourly giveaways! Regular admission of $3 residents or $10 non-residents applies. Price: $3.00 Residents, $10.000 Non-Residents
Phone: (561) 630-1100 Age Suitability: None Specified
Wellington: Family celebration at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road, will begin at 6:00 p.m. with music, inflatable rides, face painting, paint-less paintball, traditional games and food for purchase. Enjoy free bingo at 6:30 p.m. inside the gym. End the day with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Free shuttle transportation service will be available from the Mall at Wellington Green, Palm Tran bus stop, beginning at 5:30 p.m. 561-791-4005. Need to cool off? Take a refreshing dip in the pool from 12-5 p.m. at Wellington Aquatics Complex, 12165 W. Forest Hill Boulevard. 561-791-4770. ci.wellington.fl.us
West Palm Beach: Fourth on Flagler celebrates the American West with a wild west mini rodeo, kids' area and "Ride them Hogs" Harley display. There will also be non-stop entertainment, food and refreshments, unfurling of a giant American Flag and the Firefighters' Splash and Dash. All the fun is from 5-10 p.m. along the waterfront on Flagler Drive. National City Fireworks Show takes place at 9:00 p.m. 561-822-2222, wpb.org/4th
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
4th Of July Freedom Festival: Riverview Park,
Sebastian, 8 am-evening; fireworks, July 4.
July 4th Barbecue: Vero Beach Elks Club, 1350 26th St., 3 pm, July 4. Reservation: 772-562-8450.
Fourth Of July Fun, Fireworks: Bounce houses, food, vendors, crafts. Riverside Park, Vero Beach, 6 pm, July 4. Fireworks 9 pm. 772-567-2144.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY
4th Of July Picnic: Knights Of Columbus, 451 Ravenswood Ln., Port St. Lucie, noon-3 pm, July 4. $3-$8. Ticket: 772-879-1351.
Fourth Of July Celebration: Games, food, more. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2655 SW Immanuel Dr., Palm City, 11:30 am, July 3. Donations.
Stuart Main Street Fireworks: Food, live music, vendors, kids' activities. Flagler Park, 201 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart, 4 pm, July 4. 772-286-2848; stuartmainstreet.org.
Bluegrass Barbecue Benefit: Featuring Sawgrass Bluegrass, Johnnie. VFW Post 10066, 1805 NE Savannah Rd., Jensen Beach, 2-7 pm, July 4. Ages 21+. $7. Benefits VFW Post 10066. 772-334-9659; vfwjensenbeach.org.
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Coral Springs: The city's annual Independence Day celebration takes place from 6-9 p.m. There will be entertainment, with food and refreshments available for purchase. Fireworks display starts promptly at 9 p.m. Note new location: Mullins Park, 10150 NW 29th St. Parking fee is $3. 954-345-2200, coralsprings.org
Davie: Country artist Shane Duncan will be providing the musical entertainment. Free family activities include bounce house, climbing wall, petting farm and arts and crafts. Independence Day birthday cake will be available for residents while supplies last. Food will also be sold. Festivities take place from 6-10 p.m. at Pine Island Park, 3801 Pine Island Road. Firepower Displays Unlimited fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. 954-797-1163, davie-fl.gov
Have an old-fashioned Fourth with old Florida food and fun at Flamingo Gardens. Enjoy music, kids' games and vintage cars from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 3750 Flamingo Road. Admission for ages 12 and older is $9; ages 4-11 $5; ages 3 and younger are free. 954-473-2955, flamingogardens.org
Vista View Park offers a prime viewing area for Broward County fireworks. Depending on weather conditions, it is possible one can enjoy displays from Davie, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise, and perhaps, Fort Lauderdale. Bring your own food, beach chairs and blankets. Park hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m., 4001 SW 142nd Ave. Admission is $1.50 per person before 7:30 p.m., $2 per person after 7:30 p.m. 954-357-8898.
Deerfield Beach: Performers for the "All-American" event include Smuggling YoYos, Scott Ringerson ("Elvis Experience") and David Ray Band. A variety of food vendors will be present. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. Main Beach Parking Lot, Ocean Way and Southeast First Street, one block south of Hillsboro Boulevard. Partake of the free shuttle service, between 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m. and after the firework display, from the Cove Shopping Center (Southeast corner of Federal Highway and East Hillsboro Boulevard). 954-480-4430, deerfield-beach.com
Fort Lauderdale: Start the holiday with the centennial Wade-In 50th anniversary commemoration. This historic event led to the integration of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Celebration begins 9 a.m. at Eula Johnson house, 1100 NW Sixth Street, followed by a state historic marker unveiling 11 a.m. at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. Call 954-828-4755 to reserve a seat on the free Sun Trolley. "Fourth of July Spectacular" on the beach will have live music and a DJ. Festivities take place from 12:30-9 p.m. and will feature family beach activities and contests. The annual fireworks presentation at 9 p.m. blasts off at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. 954-828-5363, fortlauderdale.gov
Hallandale Beach: Kids will have a blast with a bounce house, arts and crafts, pony rides, music and balloon animals from 4-8 p.m. at Village at Gulfstream Park. Fireworks show is at 9 p.m. over Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino, 501 S. Federal Highway. 954-378-0900, thevillageatgulfstreampark.com
Hollywood: Independence Day weekend on Hollywood Beach will be featuring nightly musical performances at the Theatre (Johnson Street and Broadwalk) from 7:30-9 p.m. Caribbean Music Farm is scheduled to play July 1, upbeat jazz by Phil Fest & Friends on July 2 and classic rock and roll by White Noise on July 3. Then on July 4, country music group Rodeo Clowns will be followed by Galo's tribute to Santana (6-10 p.m.). Twenty minutes of fireworks will light up the sky over Atlantic Ocean at 9 p.m. Park at a downtown parking garage and ride the free express bus to Hollywood Beach. Normal downtown parking rates apply. Bring the kids for fun, games and DJ 1-6 p.m. July 4 at Charnow Park, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard. 954-921-3404, hollywoodfl.org/parks_rec/special_events.asp
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea: Festivities kick off with the annual parade starting 10 a.m. on Bougainvillea Drive behind Town Hall. Post-parade fun begins at 12:30 p.m. on the beach in front of El Prado Park. The Volunteer Fire Department will feature truck, hose and sea rescue demos. There will also be a skim boarding demo and a children's sand castle competition. Fireworks at Anglin's pier shoot off at 9 p.m. 954-776-1000, lbts.com
Margate: The "Grand Old Flag" Parade will take place from 9-11 a.m. and will travel along Margate Boulevard, then head east from 76th Avenue to the Municipal Complex at 58th Avenue. Fireworks display begins 9 p.m. at 1000 N. State Road 7 (former Swap Shop). 954-972-6458, margatefl.com
Pembroke Pines: Family activities start at 6 p.m. on the festival grounds and include free kids' rides until 8:30 p.m. Wesley Philips Band is the musical entertainment. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs because fireworks show is at 9 p.m. Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd. 954-435-6525, ppines.com
Plantation: Start the holiday with the annual Independence Day parade which begins 9 a.m. at West Broward Boulevard and Northwest 46th Avenue, traveling
west to Northwest 69th Avenue, turning right onto 73rd Avenue, and ending at City Hall. Viva, a local classic rock & roll show band, will start playing at 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs or blanket. Zambelli Internationale fireworks are at 9 p.m. Central Park Ball Fields, 9151 NW Second St. 954-452-2510, plantation.org
Pompano Beach: The Fireworks Extravaganza will begin promptly at 9 p.m. on the City's main public beach, north and side of the fishing pier by Atlantic Boulevard. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Rain date is July 5. 954-786-4111, mypompanobeach.org/events/index.html
Sunrise: The festivities are from 5-10 p.m. and include bounce houses, games and jugglers. Food may be purchased. Gin Blossoms take the stage at 6 p.m. Fireworks show is at 9 p.m. BankAtlantic Center parking lots, One Panther Parkway. 954-747-4600, sunrisefl.gov
Tamarac: The yearly All-American Celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. and will feature family games and music. Fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. Tamarac Sports Complex, 9901 NW 77th St. (corner of Nob Hill Road and 77th Street). Take advantage of the continuous round-trip shuttle transportation at Community Center, located at 8601 Commercial Blvd., and City Hall, located at 7525 NW 88th Ave. from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and following the fireworks. Rain date is July 5. 954-597-3620, tamarac.org
Weston: Hometown parade participants line up at 9:30 a.m. and proceed promptly at 10:30 a.m. from Town Center Boulevard and Three Village Road, then travel to Main Street. Local businesses, civic groups, schools, organizations and residents will be featured. There are no fireworks. 954-389-4321, westonfl.org
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