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10 South Florida Events To Celebrate July 4

Get your sparklers lit, barbeque grills fired up and American flag-themed apparel ready: July 4 is right around the corner. South Florida is the place to be for a memorable celebration thanks to its firework shows, food and drink specials, rooftop parties and endless entertainment.

That being said, here are 10 places are the top 10 places to celebrate the Fourth of July in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Palm Beach County

 

Fourth on Flagler

Photo courtesy of West Palm Beach

Don’t miss out on one of the largest free Fourth of July events in South Florida. Bring the whole family to West Palm Beach’s annual Fourth on Flagler, complete with delicious food offerings, live music, children’s activities, a beer garden and a ceremony honoring the military. Large scale versions of your favorite games are sure to bring out everyone’s competitive side, from life-size pong and Jenga to human foosball.

 

Stay until the end of the night for a dazzling 18-minute fireworks show over the Intracoastal Waterway at 9 p.m. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. along Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard south to Fern Street.

 

Delray Beach's Independence Day Celebration

Dodge tilt walkers dressed as Uncle Sam and indulge in your favorite treats at Delray Beach’s Independence Day celebration. Whether you participate in the cheeseburger and custard eating contests, get your face painted or show off at the local volleyball tournament, there won’t be a shortage of activities to enjoy.

 

Back-to-back live music acts begin at 5 p.m., and an endless array of food vendors selling everything from pizza and tacos to ice cream and shaved ice will be available all day. A fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean will end the night at 9 p.m.

 

8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Atlantic Avenue and A1A, Delray Beach; downtowndelraybeach.com

 

Trophy Room

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Celebrate the Fourth of July in style with chef James Strine’s “Bubbles and BBQ.” Kick your July 4 fare up a notch with Trophy Room’s special barbeque menu, which includes pulled pork sandwiches ($17), smoked short rib plates ($32), Kobe hot dogs ($15) and the “Smash Burger” ($18). Pair your all-American meal with glasses of Veuve Clicquot ($8) or a tried-and-true root beer float ($6).

 

12300 S. Shore Blvd., Wellington; 561-793-2110; trophyroomrestaurant.com

 

BBQ, Brews & Blues

Who says the party has to stop on July 4? Keep the celebrations going on Saturday, July 6 with West Palm Beach’s sixth annual BBQ, Brews and Blues in the Historic Northwest District. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., dig into delicious samples of southern soul food and craft beers courtesy of local vendors.

 

This family friendly event will also feature the blues-funk fusion of CeCe Teneal’s tribute to Aretha Franklin, as well as the contemporary blues of Albert Castiglia and Selwyn Birchwood. Free parking will be available on-site, and there will be trolley service available from downtown West Palm Beach.

 

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; 801 N. Tamarind Ave., West Palm Beach; wpb.org

 

Boston’s on the Beach

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While enjoying Boston’s on the Beach’s Fourth of July live music and waterfront views, feel extra patriotic with the restaurant’s aptly named signature cocktail “The Patriot.” It combines Tito’s Handmade Vodka, lemon and lime juices, muddled strawberries, and Blue Curaçao liqueur for the most festive drink one could ask for. Boston’s has extended hours on July 4 starting at 11 a.m.

 

40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561-278-3364; bostonsonthebeach.com

 

 

Broward County

 

Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Kick off Fourth of July festivities at the Bahia Mar with its free “Absolut Fourth of July Pool Party and Concert” at Waves Rooftop Deck and the hotel’s new rooftop pool venue, the High Tide Lounge. Lounge poolside or join a game of ping pong, giant Jenga, corn hole or pool, and dig into burgers and hot dog combos ($12), Absolut Juice cocktails ($8) and five-for-$25 beer buckets. Live music by Shane Duncan Band will start at 1 p.m.

 

801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-764-2233; hilton.com

 

Fourth of July Spectacular

Celebrate Independence Day with the whole family at Fort Lauderdale Beach’s annual Fourth of July Spectacular. In true Fourth of July fashion, there will be beach games, hot dog and apple pie eating contests, bounce houses, live music, face painting, family activities, a kids zone and more. Don’t leave the festivities early - there will be an extravagant fireworks show at 9 p.m.

 

Noon to 9:30 p.m.; A1A and Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Beach; fortlauderdale.gov

 

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort 

Photo courtesy of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

“Destination Paradise” has something for everyone this Fourth of July. Peruse the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk next to Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, and enjoy live music, food vendors and fun from noon to 10 p.m. Tip: Get a stellar view of the Fourth of July Spectacular’s fireworks show at The LandShark Bar and Grill.

 

If you’d rather keep a low profile, check out the resort’s St. Somewhere Spa’s Fourth of July specials, like the Swedish massage with a watermelon hand and foot scrub, or a blue agave margarita facial (both $119).

 

1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; 954-874-4444; margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com

Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

Let the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale take care of all your barbeque needs this Fourth of July.  Enjoy gourmet barbeque stations from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., an open bar and live DJ for $99 per person. End America’s 243rd Independence Day with the hotel’s private views of Fort Lauderdale Beach’s 9 p.m. fireworks show.

 

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-465-2300; ritzcarlton.com

 

ETARU Hallandale

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ETARU in Hallandale is throwing a Fourth of July bash you won’t want to miss. From 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., enjoy your favorite bites and drink specials on its rooftop terrace, such as hot dogs, burgers, chicken wings, fries, a popsicle cart and more. If you're feeling competitive, grab your friends and team up in corn hole, Jenga and beer pong for a patriotic win.

 

The event is $10, but if you want to take it to the next level, daybeds will be available to rent for $100 with a minimum food and beverage spend of $200, and cabanas can be rented for $300 with a minimum food and beverage spend of $300.

 

2 p.m. to 11 p.m.; 111 S. Surf Road, Hallandale Beach; 954-271-3222; etarurestaurant.us

 

 

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8 Things To Do On The Fourth Of July In The Palm Beaches

It's always summer in South Florida, so there's no shortage of fun events and activities to be had—and fireworks to be seen—on Independence Day, summer's hallmark holiday.

Need plans for the all-American holiday? We gathered together eight things to do on the Fourth of July throughout the Palm Beaches.

Flags and Fireworks at 4th on Flagler


Photo courtesy of City of West Palm Beach

Celebrate the Fourth of July along the West Palm Beach waterfront at 4th on Flagler from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. With nearly 100,000 guests expected to attend, this year's event will feature the annual Military Honor Ceremony, live music on three stages, games, an 18-minute fireworks show over the Intracoastal Waterway and more. The event is free, open to the public and will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.

101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561.822.1515; wpb.org/events

Private Party and Barbecue With Lighthouse Views


Photo courtesy of 1000 NORTH

What's more American than a hot dog bar? Create your own hot dog and topping combinations at 1000 NORTH’s private Fourth of July party to compete in the Best Dog of the Day competition. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate, and 1000 NORTH—a modern American restaurant just across the Loxahatchee River from the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse—will feature the winning dog on its menu for National Hot Dog Day on July 19.

Partygoers can pile their plates with much more than hot dogs, including smoked chicken, brisket, ribs, grilled corn and twice-baked potatoes. Advance reservations and payment are required. All-inclusive adult reservations are $95 and kids are $45 (children under the age of 4 are free).

1000 N. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter; 561.570.1000; 1000north.com

Royal Palm's Star Spangled Spectacular

This free event at Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach features live performances, paddle board and kayak rentals, a kid's fun zone (wristbands are $5) and arts and food vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks show. Parking will be free.

11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; 561.792.9260; pottcevents.com

Fourth of July Block Party


Photo courtesy of Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

From 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., celebrate Fourth of July at Downtown Abacoa's Town Center Drive block party at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in downtown Abacoa. Catch the Daytona Tortugas play the Palm Beach Cardinals at 6 p.m. for $10 (kids and seniors, $8) and Aerosmith tribute band Erasmith at 7 p.m. There will also be kids activities, a cornhole tournament, food and drink specials and, of course, fireworks after the baseball game.

4751 Main St., Jupiter; 561.630.1828; abacoa.com

BBQ, Brews & Blues


Photo courtesy of West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

Kick off your Independence Day celebration a few days early at the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency's fifth annual BBQ, Brews & Blues on June 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event, held just north of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, is free and family friendly. Guests can enjoy samples from some of the area's best barbecue, from pulled pork and fried pork chops to barbecue ribs and chicken, and craft beer vendors. Come satisfy your sweet tooth, too. Treats will include funnel cakes, fried Oreos and more.

Modern blues band Ghost Town Blues Band from Memphis will headline the event, and a variety of activities for the kids will be offered.

Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561.822.1550; wpb.org/cra

Fourth of July Intracoastal Celebration

Enjoy all-day Fourth of July activities at Bryant Park at the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown Lake Worth from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The celebration, hosted by the City of Lake Worth, will include a parade, plenty of live music on the main stage (including a performance by 80s band The Spazmatics) and fireworks at 9 p.m.

S. Lakeside Drive and Fourth Ave. S., Lake Worth; 561.533.7363; lakeworth.org

80s Rock, Patriotic Babies and Fireworks

Celebrate Fourth of July at Bicentennial Park in Lantana from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Most Patriotic Baby contest, family games and vendors. Bring your own chairs and blankets to watch 80s rock tribute band Stall 4 perform at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks at 9:10 p.m.. Free shuttles will run from the K-Mart parking lot to the park starting at 6 p.m..

321 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana; 561.540.5754; lantana.org

Independence Day Festivities at Intracoastal Park

Bring the kids, chairs and blankets for a few hours of Fourth of July fun at Intracoastal Park in Boynton Beach. There will be a kid's corner with fun activities set up until 9 p.m. and progressive rock band The Paradigm will play at 7:30 p.m. and again at 9:20 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., following a patriotic salute at 8:45 p.m., and there will be plenty of food vendors. Free shuttle service will run from the Ezell Hester Community Center from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with final pick-up at the center at 8:30 p.m.

2240 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach; 561.742.6640; boynton-beach.org

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