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10 Fourth of July Activities In South Florida

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

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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 

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“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 Fourth Of July Events Happening In Boca Raton And Delray Beach

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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6 South Florida spots to watch fireworks from your boat on July 4th

Miami
At Bayfront Park, about 200 boaters will anchor for the fireworks display from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. If you’re closer to Bal Harbour, anchor off south jetty of Bakers Haulover Inlet for the fireworks shown from 9 p.m. to 9:25 p.m.

Delray Beach
Right off Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, fireworks will light up the sky from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Boynton Beach
Anchor near Ocean Inlet Park in the Intracoastal Waterway for a fireworks display from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

West Palm Beach
Anchor your boat near the West Palm Beach waterfront, closest to the southern causeway park on Palm Beach, for a 9 p.m. fireworks display.

Stuart
Dock your boat at Flagler Park or anchor in the St. Lucie River downstream from the Roosevelt Bridge for the fireworks to go off at 9 p.m.

Fort Pierce
At approximately 9 p.m. a fireworks display will be visible from the Indian River Lagoon.

19 Places to Watch the Fireworks on July 4th

From village parades to citywide fireworks over the Atlantic, South Florida knows how to celebrate America’s 238th birthday. Listed are 19 events in Fort Lauderdale, Boca and beyond that celebrate our country with entertainment, grub and the traditional fireworks display.

Fort Lauderdale
“4th of July Spectacular” at A1A & Las Olas Blvd.; live music, bounce houses, face painting, beach games and contests; 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; fireworks display at 9; free admission; 954.828.5363

Hollywood
“Hollywood’s Star-Spangled Fourth of July Celebration” at Hollywood Beach Boardwalk; food will be for sale on the Boardwalk at Johnson Street and Harry Berry Park; 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; free admission; children’s activities from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and fireworks display at 9 p.m.; 954.921.3404

Pompano Beach
“July 4th Beach Bash Extravaganza” at Pompano Beach Blvd.; live music, DJ, arts and crafts, antique car show, food trucks and more; noon to 9 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m.; 954.786.4111

Aventura
“Aventura 4th of July Fireworks” at Country Club Drives, Aventura 33180; aerial display at 9 p.m.; 305.466.8930

Boca
“Fabulous Fourth Celebration” at Spanish River Athletics Facilities at de Hoernle Park, 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd.; 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Live band at 7, and fireworks at 9. Free trolley service will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m.; free admission; 561.393.7995

Delray Beach
“Independence Day City Celebration” at A1A at E. Atlantic Ave.; activities for children, adult beer garden, eating contests, mini putt-putt, food vendors, live music and more; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m.; 561.914.6224

Boynton Beach
“Fishing for Fireworks” at Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; free admission; free parking and shuttle services from Boynton Beach High School and City Hall parking lot; Boynton-beach.org; 561.742.6220

“4th of July Fun with the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center” at Intracoastal Park; front row seats to a firework display, barbeque dinner, live music and outdoors activities; 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for kids; buy tickets online at schoolhousemuseum.org; 561.742.6780

Key Biscayne
“America’s Birthday Bash” 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; food beverages, Samual Adams Beer Garden, fireworks and live music; 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; free admission; 305.358.7550

“Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade” at 55th Annual Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade; south on Crandon Blvd., from Harbor Drive to West Enid; 11 a.m. info@kb4.org; 305.361.8557

Miami
“Coca-Cola Presents Miami Beach Fire on Fourth Festival” at North Shore Bandshell, Collins Ave. and 73rd St.; food trucks, free entertainment, live music and more; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; fireworks at 9; 305.673.7000

Coconut Grove
“4th of July Picnic and Fireworks Celebration at Peacock Park” 2820 McFarlane Road; activities including The Barnacle’s Old-Fashioned Picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and CocoWalk’s 6th Annual Independence Day Hot Dog Eating Competition a 5 p.m.; all-day festivities from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; free admission; coconutgrove.com

Greenacres
“Ignite the Night” at Greenacres Community Park, 2905 Jog Road; food, rides games, live entertainment and a fireworks display; 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; free admission; 561.642.2090

West Palm Beach
“4th on Flagler” on West Palm Beach Waterfront; touted as the largest fireworks show in South Florida with entertainment, kids crafts, food vendors, military honor ceremony; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; free; 561.822.2222

Wellington
“Fourth of July Celebration” pool party at Wellington Auquatics Complex, 12150 Forest Hill Blvd.; live entertainment, games, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, bounce houses, food vendors and more; regular pool entry fees; noon to 5 p.m.; 561.791.4005

Riviera Beach
 “4th of July Pig Roast Fireworks Extravaganza Cruise” on a Majestic Princess cruise; three-hour cruise on the Intracoastal with a pig roast, live entertainment, fireworks display at downtown Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; ages 18+; $59/person; 561.254.0424

North Palm Beach
“Annual Red, White & Boom” at North Palm Beach Country Club; live entertainment and games at NPB pool; fireworks over NPB golf course at 9 p.m.

Palm Beach Gardens
“July 4th Splash” at Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Complex, 4404 Burns Road; features new slide, a rock climbing wall, games and hourly giveaways; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $3/residents, $10/non-residents; 561.630.1100

Jupiter
“Jupiter’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July at Jupiter” at Abacoa Town Center and Roger Dean Stadium, Mainstreet, Town Center Drive; live music, food, kid’s activities, American-made car show, Jupiter Police Ceremony and fireworks; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; free admission; 954.817.9214