Celebrate Independence Day in spectacular style. Palm Beach County is gearing up for celebrations in a variety of locations to give residents and visitors an unforgettable Fourth of July experience.
Honor the Stars and Stripes with South Florida's largest fireworks display at downtown West Palm Beach’s beautiful waterfront for Fourth on Flagler. The biggest Independence Day party in Palm Beach County, with more than 100,000 patriotic revelers expected, Fourth on Flagler kicks off at 5 p.m. when the Palm Stage, the Meyer Amphitheater stage and the DJ Dance Party at the Lakeview Pavilion Terrace come to life with live entertainment, including Duncan and Chris Rene. The kids’ area will be abuzz with activity, and this year’s theme, “This 4th was Made for You and Me: Great Moments and Places in America,” will offer photo-ops like no other with “face-in-hole” photo boards set up throughout the waterfront. If you're a cheese head, go to the Lake Pavilion for the 640-pound cheese sculpture of Mount Rushmore titled, “My Country ‘Tis of Cheese,” created by Troy Landwehr.
The Fourth on Flagler will be held July 4 from 5-10 p.m. At 8:40 p.m., Mayor Jeri Muoio will lead a military salute, followed by the unfurling of a five-story American flag at the Esplanade Building by repelling firefighters. The pyrotechnics begin at 9 p.m. from a barge in the Intracoastal and will last 16-minutes. Free admission. (561-822-2222, wpb.org/4th)
Delray Beach is taking its Independence Day celebration up a notch and turning it into a two-day blowout of all things red, white and blue. To prime the patriotic pump, downtown Delray Beach is moving the popular On the Ave street party from Thursday to Tuesday for "Red, White & Blues On the Ave" on July 3 from 6-10 p.m. At the intersection of A1A and Atlantic Avenue, the free pre-event will include three stages featuring live blues from local acts, a contemporary art show with works from 12 jury-selected artists, a mini golf course on the street and outdoor bar areas serving libations throughout the evening.
On July 4, the Red, White & Blues Festival kicks off early with a sand-sculpting contest from 8 a.m. to noon. For a pick-me-up, Boston’s On the Beach will have a DIY Bloody Mary bar at the intersection of A1A and Atlantic Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Music begins at 3 p.m. on the south stage and at 5:30 p.m. on the main stage, culminating with a fireworks show launched from the beach at 9 p.m. Admission is free. (561-279-1380 ext. 3, downtowndelraybeach.com)
The city of Boca Raton is going back in time for the Fourth at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. on July 4 with a concert by the Whitestone Band, playing hits from the ’50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Following the concert, famed Zambelli Fireworks will launch a pyrotechnic display set to music. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. BYOB. Lawn chairs and picnic baskets are permitted and encouraged. (561-488-8069, pbcgov.com/parks/amphitheaters/sunsetcove/)
Jupiter is celebrating Fun on the 4th at Abacoa's Town Center Drive with a family-friendly afternoon of all things patriotic. The kid-centric party will include DIY art projects, animal encounters with Busch Wildlife, bounce houses, water slides (bring a bathing suit or extra clothes for the kiddies!), carnival games, a dance competition and even a hot-dog-eating competition—look out, Joey Chesnut!
Though kid-friendly activities abound, adults have not been forgotten, with a silent disco, live music from Girlfriend Material and outdoor bars setup throughout. For the baseball fan, the Palm Beach Cardinals will take on the Bradenton Marauders (the Pittsburgh Pirates single-A team) at 6:35 p.m. at Roger Dean Stadium. Following the game, the fireworks will fly free. Fun on the 4th runs from 4-10 p.m. and is free to the public (baseball tickets cost $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for kids). (561-624-7788, abacoa.com)
North Palm Beach will be painting the night sky with fiery delight at the annual Independence Day celebration: Red, White and Boom. Fourth of July revelers are invited to find a spot along the undulating Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course from 7:30 to 10 p.m., enjoy music by OPM, specialists in vintage rock, with the fireworks display beginning promptly at 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, food and beverages will be available at the NPB Country Club restaurant. Admission is free; for more info, please visit village-npb.org
Salute our nation's independence and celebrate July 4 in Boynton Beach. Intracoastal Park will be open to the public at 6 p.m., kicking off the evening with a concert by the Monique McCall Band from 6:30-9 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., a patriotic salute will take place. A spectacular fireworks show will close the event at 9 p.m. along the Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy food and drinks throughout the event. Free admission. (561-737-3256, boyntonbeachcra.com)
Our Northern Neighbors
Port Saint Lucie is getting in on the Independence Day spirit with Freedomfest 2012, held at the Civic Center on July 4 starting at 2 p.m. The all-day, family-friendly event will include live music, food and booze as well as arts and crafts and activities the whole family can enjoy. Village Square will be hopping with bounce houses, arts and crafts vendors, free face painting, caricature drawings, a balloon artist and more. For the barbecue aficionado, the Freedomfest VIP Party is worth the price of the admission ($20 for adults, $10 for kids), with all-you-can-eat barbecue and the best seat in the house for the firework display: the boardwalk. Fireworks launch at 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free. (772-878-2277, cityofpsl.com)
Stuart’s July 4 celebration starts early at 9 a.m. with kids' rides, games and entertainment. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. The day's events are held in downtown Stuart in Flagler Park. (772-286-2848, cityofstuart.us)