Woo Hoo for the Red, White and Blue

By Darien Davies

As if Independence Day can get any better (red, white and blue everything – or lack of everything, ladies), it falls on Wednesday this year. So, if you don’t yet know your Hump Day plans, we’ve got you covered. Fill up the air in your tires, find your Go America coozie and sun hat, and go downtown where you’ll be welcomed by thousands of your neighbors and a few high fives. Just to make sure to call your boss prior to 2 a.m. letting him know you’ll be sick on Thursday. 

Delray Beach – July 4th Celebration

Where: A1A and Atlantic Avenue

When: Wednesday, July 4. Events start as early as 8 a.m. but the majority of entertainment/activities are from 5 to 9 p.m.

Timeline:

8 a.m. – sand sculpting contest

5 p.m. – flag raising ceremony, main stage entertainment, activities and interactive sponsor booths, al fresco dining, mini golf course and kids’ corner (not to mention, people watching)

9 p.m. – fireworks

Cost: Free

Reason to Visit: Everything you need is within a few short blocks. There’s plenty of parking across the Intracoastal Bridge, as well as free bike valet, and there’s four straight hours of live music on the main stage. The fireworks will launch from a barge in the ocean this year, so grab a good seat on the beach, put your toes in the sand, and enjoy the bursts of color right above your head.

Boca Raton – Fabulous Fourth Celebration

Where: Spanish River Athletic Facility at deHoernle Park, 1000 N.W. Spanish River Blvd.

When: Wednesday, July 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Timeline:

5:30 p.m. – free trolley service from Boca Corporate Center and Campus

6:30 p.m. – 95-foot super slide, 50-foot Double Tree Olympic obstacle course, mind bender spinner savings, interactive juggling ring, free face painting, balloon twisting, kids crafts and photo ops, food trucks, All-Star Band (playing classic rock and roll tunes) and a DJ

9 p.m. – fireworks display

Cost: Free

Reason to Visit: This is the place to be if you have and family and want to have an all-in-one July 4 hotspot. You can relax knowing that there are plenty of activities for the kiddos, plenty of food and drink available for you, and zero parking hassles. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, so plan accordingly and soak in the fun, family style.

Deerfield Beach – 4th of July Celebration

Where: Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 S.E. 21st Ave.

When: Wednesday, July 4 from 12 to 9 p.m.

Timeline:

Main Stage:

12 to 1 p.m. – Jahzilla

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Jay Valor

3 to 4:30 p.m. Smokin’ – Boston Tribute

5:15 to 6:45 p.m. – Shaw Davis & The Black Ties

7:30 to 9:05 p.m. – A Thousand Horses

Side Stage (Hillsboro Boulevard and Ocean Way):

12:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Chris Korzen

Side Stage (Third Street and Ocean Way):

12 to 9 p.m. – Steve Minotti

9 p.m. – fireworks

There are also vendors offering food, arts and crafts, and tasty beverages throughout the festivities.

Cost: Free

Reason to Visit: Where else can you go for a million bands in one location? There are also tons of vendors that will provide a variety of arts and crafts, local foods and ice cold beverages, so (if you invite the right go-getters) you can literally have everything you want without leaving your lawn chair.

Lake Worth – July 4th Independence Day Celebration

Where: Bryant Park at the Intracoastal Waterway, 100 S. Golfview Road

When: Wednesday, July 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Timeline:

11:30 a.m. – Parade

1 p.m. – Raft Race

3 p.m. – Marijah; car show, kids area and bounce house throughout the evening

4 p.m. – Jahzilla

5 p.m. – Winner of Star Spangled Band Showcase

6 p.m. – High Tolerance

7 p.m. – The Spazmatics

9 p.m. – fireworks

Cost: Free

Reason to Visit: Most unique local July 4th celebration in the area that actually dons a raft race. In addition to that, you’ve got local jam bands and activities, and a laid back feel that you can share with some of your local, local best friends. 

West Palm Beach – 4th on Flagler

Where: Meyer Amphitheater, 105 Evernia St.

When: Wednesday, July 4 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Timeline:

5 to 10 p.m. – live performances by local and regional acts on three stages, a military honor ceremony, larger-than-life versions of human foosball, Jenga and pong, an air-conditioned arcade, free kids activities, and food and drink vendors

Meyer Amphitheater:

5 p.m. – Derek Mack Band

6:30 p.m. – The Air National Guard Band of the South

8:30 p.m. – Military Honor Ceremony

Discover the Palm Beaches Stage:

5 p.m. – Liddy Clark

7:30 p.m. – Andrew Morris

Post Park Stage:

5 p.m. – Brass Knucklehead

7:15 p.m. – The People Upstairs

9 p.m. – fireworks

Cost: Free

Reason to Visit: This is the largest free Independence Day celebration in South Florida so when you add up all the live music, people and environment (with the fireworks over the dreamy Intracoastal), you’re bound to have some freaky Flagler fun.

Ft. Lauderdale – 4th of July Spectacular

Where: Ft. Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard

When: Wednesday, July 4 from 12 to 9:30 p.m.

Timeline:

12 p.m. – kids zone until 5 p.m. featuring a DJ, music, bounce houses, water slides, face painting, beach games and contests, hot dog and apple pie eating contests

4:30 to 9 p.m. – live music from Making Faces (rock, reggae and funk)

5:45 p.m. – Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony honoring Ft. Lauderdale icons

6:30 p.m. – N2Nation (Motown)

9 p.m. – fireworks

Cost: Free

Reason to Visit: Not only are there tons of activities and live music, the City has worked hard to ensure you have several modes of transportation so you can enjoy a stress-free event. Couple that with food, games and a great fireworks celebration, and you’re in the right place for some of the best red, white and blue fun.

Jupiter – Old Fashioned 4th of July at Abacoa

Where: Abacoa Town Center and Roger Dean Stadium, Main Street – Town Center Drive

When: Wednesday, July 4 from 4:30 to 9 p.m., and then some

Timeline: Block Party-style events begin at 4:30 p.m. and include shopping specials, drink and food specials, beer pong, cornhole tournaments, activities for the kids, and a special Aerosmith Tribute Band, Erasmith, playing at 7 p.m. The Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals baseball game is at 6 p.m. and you’re invited to stay for fireworks after the game.

Cost: Free, but you will have to purchase tickets to enter the Roger Dean Stadium after the baseball game (if seats are available) to sit and see the fireworks.

Reason to Visit: How about you try and think of a reason not to visit? You not only have every family-fun activity you can think of, but you can end the night watching the fireworks from the Stadium. If that doesn’t scream ‘merica, then I don’t know what does.

Boynton Beach – 4th of July Celebration

Where: Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway

When: Wednesday, July 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Timeline:

6:30 p.m.: Kid’s Corner activities

7:30 p.m.: The Paradigm (progressive rock)

8:45 p.m.: Patriotic salute

9 p.m.: Fireworks

9:20 p.m.: The Paradigm (progressive rock)

Cost: Free

Reason to Visit: The fun continues after the fireworks so instead of rushing to leave in a mob of people, order another Rum Runner and stay a while. The party goes until 10:30 p.m. so enjoy food from local vendors and the second act of live music. You’re also more than welcome to bring chairs and blankets and enjoy the company of your local community members. If you’re fishing for great fireworks with a great after party, look no further.

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