For some serious Independence Day fun, downtown West Palm Beach’s annual “4th on Flagler” features a full day of festivities to celebrate the birth of our nation. From live music and entertainment, to 18 minutes of sheer pyrotechnic jubilee, this is a party not to be missed.
At 5 p.m., the Meyer Amphitheatre and the Palm Stage (located at Flagler Dr.) will kick of its entertainment schedule, backed with eight musical acts, as well as a Patriotic Celebration, recognizing our armed service members and veterans, as well as the a stirring rendition of the National Anthem and giant flag unfurling (8:30 p.m.). Musical acts include: Pocket Change, Meyer Amphitheatre at 5 p.m.; The Redlands on the Palm Stage at 5 p.m.; the Silver Spurs Dance Team on the Palm Stage at 6 p.m.; Florida National Guard’s 13th Army Band at Meyer Amphitheatre at 6:30 p.m.; Samantha Russell band at 6:45 p.m. on the Palm Stage; at 8:30 p.m. the Meyer Amphitheatre will host the evening’s Patriotic Celebration, which leads up to the 18-minute fireworks display at 9 p.m. Following the fireworks, Jacquie Lee will resume the musical fun at the Meyer Amphitheatre, with the Andrew Morris Band taking the Palm Stage, both at 9:20 p.m. Chemradery will round out the evening’s entertainment at 10 p.m. at Meyer Amphitheatre.
4th on Flagler is the very definition of family-friendly parties, with plenty of activities designed to keep the kids engaged and happy:
- Throughout the afternoon, the Chalk Guys will be showcasing their amazing sidewalk art skills for guests to marvel.
- For a literary, and interactive, activity, the Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre will be presenting a musical adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic Rip Van Winkle. Complete with nine-foot-tall puppets and a host of actors, the puppeteers will embark on a puppet parade around the 4th on Flagler event site at 5:30 p.m., followed by two stage performances at 6 and 7:45 p.m.
- Located along the Intercostal Waterway at Waterfront Landing, tee it up at the “Glow FORE It” mini golf, Nine holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf will have junior golfers putting around with neon golf balls, holes, and clubs. Open daily from June 4 through July 4 from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; $2.50 per person with an additional $2.50 refundable ball and club deposit.
- For more glowing fun, the interactive light installation, The Pool, will be awash in the “4th on Flagler” light. Part of the city’s “Summer in Paradise” festivities, and located at the Waterfront, July 4 marks the last day of this exciting exhibit, where people are encouraged to play with the art. For more on The Pool, check out our interview with the artist behind the glow, Jen Lewin, here.
For those that want to beat the crowd—100,000 people are expected to join the party—VIP Club 4th is just the ticket. Located at the Lake Pavilion on the Waterfront, for $40 VIPers will enjoy a fabulous catered spread from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a full bar (with two complementary drinks), private fireworks viewing area, and here’s the best part: an air-conditioned facility and indoor restrooms! Tickets are on sale now, here.
- Admission to “4th on Flagler” is free and open to the public. For more information, visit wpb.org/4th-on-flagler.