It's always summer in South Florida, so there's no shortage of fun events and activities to be had—and fireworks to be seen—on Independence Day, summer's hallmark holiday.
Need plans for the all-American holiday? We gathered together eight things to do on the Fourth of July throughout the Palm Beaches.
Flags and Fireworks at 4th on Flagler
Celebrate the Fourth of July along the West Palm Beach waterfront at 4th on Flagler from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. With nearly 100,000 guests expected to attend, this year's event will feature the annual Military Honor Ceremony, live music on three stages, games, an 18-minute fireworks show over the Intracoastal Waterway and more. The event is free, open to the public and will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.
101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561.822.1515; wpb.org/events
Private Party and Barbecue With Lighthouse Views
What's more American than a hot dog bar? Create your own hot dog and topping combinations at 1000 NORTH’s private Fourth of July party to compete in the Best Dog of the Day competition. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate, and 1000 NORTH—a modern American restaurant just across the Loxahatchee River from the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse—will feature the winning dog on its menu for National Hot Dog Day on July 19.
Partygoers can pile their plates with much more than hot dogs, including smoked chicken, brisket, ribs, grilled corn and twice-baked potatoes. Advance reservations and payment are required. All-inclusive adult reservations are $95 and kids are $45 (children under the age of 4 are free).
1000 N. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter; 561.570.1000; 1000north.com
Royal Palm's Star Spangled Spectacular
This free event at Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach features live performances, paddle board and kayak rentals, a kid's fun zone (wristbands are $5) and arts and food vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks show. Parking will be free.
11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; 561.792.9260; pottcevents.com
Fourth of July Block Party
From 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., celebrate Fourth of July at Downtown Abacoa's Town Center Drive block party at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in downtown Abacoa. Catch the Daytona Tortugas play the Palm Beach Cardinals at 6 p.m. for $10 (kids and seniors, $8) and Aerosmith tribute band Erasmith at 7 p.m. There will also be kids activities, a cornhole tournament, food and drink specials and, of course, fireworks after the baseball game.
4751 Main St., Jupiter; 561.630.1828; abacoa.com
BBQ, Brews & Blues
Kick off your Independence Day celebration a few days early at the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency's fifth annual BBQ, Brews & Blues on June 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event, held just north of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, is free and family friendly. Guests can enjoy samples from some of the area's best barbecue, from pulled pork and fried pork chops to barbecue ribs and chicken, and craft beer vendors. Come satisfy your sweet tooth, too. Treats will include funnel cakes, fried Oreos and more.
Modern blues band Ghost Town Blues Band from Memphis will headline the event, and a variety of activities for the kids will be offered.
Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561.822.1550; wpb.org/cra
Fourth of July Intracoastal Celebration
Enjoy all-day Fourth of July activities at Bryant Park at the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown Lake Worth from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The celebration, hosted by the City of Lake Worth, will include a parade, plenty of live music on the main stage (including a performance by 80s band The Spazmatics) and fireworks at 9 p.m.
S. Lakeside Drive and Fourth Ave. S., Lake Worth; 561.533.7363; lakeworth.org
80s Rock, Patriotic Babies and Fireworks
Celebrate Fourth of July at Bicentennial Park in Lantana from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Most Patriotic Baby contest, family games and vendors. Bring your own chairs and blankets to watch 80s rock tribute band Stall 4 perform at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks at 9:10 p.m.. Free shuttles will run from the K-Mart parking lot to the park starting at 6 p.m..
321 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana; 561.540.5754; lantana.org
Independence Day Festivities at Intracoastal Park
Bring the kids, chairs and blankets for a few hours of Fourth of July fun at Intracoastal Park in Boynton Beach. There will be a kid's corner with fun activities set up until 9 p.m. and progressive rock band The Paradigm will play at 7:30 p.m. and again at 9:20 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., following a patriotic salute at 8:45 p.m., and there will be plenty of food vendors. Free shuttle service will run from the Ezell Hester Community Center from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with final pick-up at the center at 8:30 p.m.
2240 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach; 561.742.6640; boynton-beach.org
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