America’s 242nd birthday is just around the corner and South Florida is prepared to celebrate. From beach parties to firework cruises, you won’t have a problem finding something to do. Throw on your best red, white and blue, light up the grill and raise the flag. Here are eight ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
Fabulous Fourth of July
The City of Boca Raton is throwing its annual Fabulous Fourth of July party at deHoernle Park from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts and endless food and drinks. Admission and parking is free, plus a complimentary shuttle bus to and from parking lots will be provided. Make sure to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs if you want a prime spot during the fireworks. Leave the pets, sparklers and alcohol at home, as they won’t be allowed in the park.
1000 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton; 561.393.7807; myboca.us/1456/Fourth-of-July
Delray Beach J4
If you’re looking for the real party, it’s at Delray Beach. The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. with a flag raising ceremony. The rest of the night is filled with live music (including performances by Echosmith and the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors), arts and crafts and mini golf. Make sure to swing by early to catch the sand sculpting competition from 8 a.m. to noon. Parking will be a pain as there will be multiple road closures, but if you ride your bike to the event you’ll find a free bike valet. The patriotic party will end with fireworks on the beach at 9 p.m.
A1A and Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561.278.0424; julyfourthdelraybeach.com/
Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise
Step away from the crowds and catch the fireworks from a boat on Independence Day. Delray Yacht Cruises are hosting a Fireworks Cruise that departs at 7 p.m. The cruise will whisk you around the canals while you munch on a barbecue dinner buffet that includes burgers, mac ‘n cheese, cornbread, sweet corn and salad, plus dessert. A full cash bar will be available and a DJ will be spinning beats all night. The cruise will head back to the docks after the fireworks grand finale. Make reservations here.
801 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561.243.0686; delrayyachtcruises.com
Boston’s on the Beach Fourth Of July Celebration
Boston’s on the Beach is hosting a patriotic celebration that includes a buffet dinner and a guaranteed table directly on A1A to watch the fireworks. The main stage will be set up with live music from Uproot Hootenanny and 56 Ace Band. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. and food will flow until the fireworks end. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for children under 12. Purchase tickets here.
40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561.278.3364; bostonsonthebeach.com
Fourth of July Barbecue at Corner Porch
Head to the Corner Porch for all-you-can-eat barbecue on the Fourth of July. The classic Delray restaurant is hosting a beautiful birthday party for our country. Happy hour deals will run all day and night, plus kids under 10 eat free. Tickets are going for $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Fill up on food then make your way to the beach for fireworks.
85 SE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach; 561.266.3349; cornerporch.com/
11th Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Sunset Cove Amphitheater is throwing a huge family friendly party on July 4. The free event will have a kids’ fun zone, concessions, an interactive prize wheel, live music and fireworks. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., so be sure to get there early to snag a parking spot. The Fabulous Fleetwoods will be performing on the main stage at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, find a spot and get cozy while watching the fireworks at 9 p.m.
20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton; 561.488.8069; discover.pbcgov.org/
Stars and Stripes Barbecue Burner
Get a workout in before the party starts in the afternoon. Hiit 56 is hosting a free community workout from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Bring your friends and prepare to sweat. It might be tough in the moment, but you’ll feel guilt-free later when you snack on Fourth of July treats. Register here.
9181 Glades Road, Ste. 125, Boca Raton; 954.336.6012; hiit56.com
Community Beach Cleanup
After all the fun and games on Independence Day, take part in a community beach cleanup on Juy 5, hosted by Yoga Journey. The crew will meet on the pier at Deerfield Beach at 7:45 a.m., and gloves and bags will be provided. While you don’t intend to leave anything behind after the fireworks shows, the beach will most likely be filled with litter from the celebrations. The event will end with a morning meditation on the freshly cleaned beach and refreshments at Oceans 234.
Deerfield Beach Pier; 561.479.7819; https://www.facebook.com/events/1010165725828491/
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