Scenes from 2012’s Great American RIF Raft Race.
Lake Worth is set to throw one of the of the biggest Independence Day parties in Palm Beach County. The fun begins early at Bryant Park, when locals take to the street for the one-of-a-kind float parade, beginning at 11:30 a.m. down Lake Avenue, ending at Bryant Park. Immediately following the parade, those floats test the rules of hydrodynamics for a Lake Worth tradition, fourteen years in the making. The Great American RIF Raft Race has weekend warrior boat builders battling the elements, and their fellow paddlers, in a decorative, and competitive race. This year’s theme, “Reading is Fun,” will have float designs stemming from favorite books, authors, and literary characters, as well as just plain books, made solely out of household products—professional boat builders need not apply. The race is a blast, not just for the fun and creative float designs, but also to see which float will actually, well, float.
Following the raft race, the water-themed fun continues with the Water Sports Show. Wakeboarders, jet skis, and jet boarders will put on a show for landlubbers, while watermen and women can try their hand at the fun with the “ride the winch” wakeboarding. The watersports fun runs from 2-5 p.m.
Are you ready for a rumble? You better be, because Enigma Pro Wrestling is bringing some bruising to the party. Throughout the day, the pros will be flying from the top rope, landing body blows for the pride of country this Fourth of July. This is pro wrestling at its finest; join the action, get sucked into the drama, and cheer on your favorite hero or heel.
The main stage is set with one of the best live sets this Independence day. At 3 p.m., LFTD LVLS starts the musical affair, followed by The People Upstairs at 4 p.m. The mayor will give an Independence Day speech and commencement at 4:50 p.m., followed by local reggae outfit, Spred the Dub. The Heavy Pets follows at 6 p.m., with Yellow Dubmarine closing the afternoon’s tunes at 7:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., the sky will be lit in patriotic hues during the fireworks display.
- Admission to this Independence Day hootenanny is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.