Fireworks might be the grand finale to any July 4 celebration, but the city of West Palm Beach knows that Independence Day festivities can be so much more. From July 3-5, the city will host free programs and activities perfect for the entire family as part of its Summer in Paradise Program.
The fun kicks off on Friday, July 3, with the BBQ, Brews, and Blues event in the Northwest Neighborhood, located three blocks north of Clematis Street. From 5 to 9 p.m., visitors will be treated to free samplings of soul food, including such delicacies as pulled pork and sweet potato pie, as well as craft beer tastings. Local blues band, The Natty Bos, and Grammy Award–winning performer, Sugar Blue, will provide the evening’s soundtrack as guests take part in such activities as painting a massive, blues-themed mural.
The official Fourth on Flagler celebrations kick off at the West Palm Beach Waterfront on Saturday, July 4, at 5 p.m. But don’t just show up at 9 p.m. for the fireworks as the entire evening will be filled with festivities. Three different stages will boast performances from Pocket Change, the Thirteenth Army Band from the Florida National Guard, The Redlands, and The Silver Spurs Dance team, just to name a few. Kids will love the crafts area and the Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre, while adults can visit Club Fourth, a private venue that will be serving drinks and dinner from Ruth’s Chris Steak House—not to mention a private terrace for optimum firework viewing. Read more about the Fourth on Flagler fireworks program, as well as other area fireworks shows, here.
Finally, on Sunday, July 5, prepare to get sweaty at the War Games. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach will be overrun by this hardcore fitness competition starring different branches of the military. The event will pit teams and individuals against one another to compete in tasks that show just how grueling life in the military can be. But, you don’t have to be a military man in order to participate as there will be categories for ‘Civilian Elite Athletes,’ ‘Average Joes,’ and ‘Adaptive Athletes.’ Don’t feel like proving your strength the day after gorging on hot dogs and apple pie? Guests are invited to watch the games and a display of military operation vehicles as well as a bag pipe concert and a plethora of kids activities.
These events are just a sampling of the fun at hand throughout Palm Beach County over the July 4 weekend. Show us how you decide to celebrate July 4 on social media with #PBISummer, and we’ll share our favorite Instagram pics, Tweets, and Facebook posts.