Fourth of July fun is plen­ti­ful

Pa­rades, mu­sic and fire­works of­fer some­thing for ev­ery­one

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - Showtime - Palm Beach - - SPOTLIGHT - By Ja­nis Rogers

Amer­ica will be 241 years old Tues­day, and while we’ve yet to hear of any­one plan­ning to squeeze that many can­dles onto one cake, we have rounded up the big­gest Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tions in Broward, Palm Beach and Mi­ami-Dade coun­ties. You’ll find fire­works and hot dogs at these events, of course, but you’ll also en­counter a “tat­too-artist ma­gi­cian,” games of some­thing called hu­man foos­ball and a live ren­di­tion of “Who Let the Dogs Out.” Happy birth­day, USA. Woof, woof.

Please note: Most events take place Tues­day and are free un­less oth­er­wise in­di­cated. Food is avail­able for pur­chase. Pro­hib­ited items in­clude: al­co­holic bev­er­ages, glass con­tain­ers, cans, weapons, sparklers and per­sonal fire­works. Some places do not al­low cool­ers, back­packs, bags larger than 12 by 12 inches, drones, horns, bi­cy­cles, lawn-chair bags or bar­be­cue grills. Pets should be left at home.

Palm Beach County

BOCA RA­TON Fab­u­lous Fourth Celebration. Free fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin­ning at 6:30 p.m. in­clude a gi­ant “Stars & Stripes” slide, car­ni­val games, food trucks, Shock Wave, Pi­rates Re­venge and Mickey Park Tod­dler Cen­ter. All-Star Band will play clas­sic rock ’n’ roll. Free trol­ley ser­vice will be avail­able from Boca Cor­po­rate Cen­ter and Cam­pus and and the City of Boca Ra­ton Public Li­brary. Fire­works dis­play takes place at 9 p.m. Span­ish River Sports Com­plex at deHo­ernle Park, 1000 NWS­pan­ish River Blvd. 561-393-7995, Sun­set Cove July Fourth Celebration. The 10th an­nual event start­ing at 5:30 p.m. fea­tures mu­sic by Gypsy Lane, a kids’ area, in­ter­ac­tive prize wheel and food and bev­er­age con­ces­sions. Lawn chairs and blan­kets are wel­come. A fire­works dis­play closes out the night. Sun­set Cove Am­phithe­ater, 12551 Glades Road, Boca Ra­ton. 561-488-8069. BOYN­TON BEACH Pre-In­de­pen­dence Day Fes­tiv­i­ties. This year, the fun takes place from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Satur­day. Kids’ Cor­ner fun ac­tiv­i­ties will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Del­ray Dive’s Step Team takes the stage at 6 p.m. Dee Dee Wilde Band per­forms at 6:30 p.m. On the Roxx Band (’80s trib­ute show) per­forms at 7:30 p.m., fol­lowed by fire­works. On the Roxx Band will per­form again af­ter the fire­works. A pa­tri­otic sa­lute will be con­ducted by the Boyn­ton Beach Fire Depart­ment Honor Guard at 8:45 p.m., right be­fore the 9 p.m. mu­si­cally chore­ographed fire­works show. Lim­ited seat­ing will be avail­able. Spec­ta­tors can bring their own blan­kets and chairs. A free park and ride shut­tle from Boyn­ton Beach City Hall (100 E. Boyn­ton Beach Blvd.) and from Ezell Hester Cen­ter (1901 N. Seacrest Blvd.) will be avail­able from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fi­nal pickup is at 8:30 p.m. In­tra­coastal Park, 2240 N. Fed­eral High­way. 561-742-6246, Boyn­ DEL­RAY BEACH

The fun takes place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with live en­ter­tain­ment, mini-golf course, Kids’ Cor­ner and al fresco din­ing. The sand­cas­tle con­test is from 8 a.m. to noon. Fire­works launch at 9 p.m. from the north end of the beach. Park­ing will be avail­able at Robert Fed­er­spiel Park­ing Garage, 22 SE First Ave., and Old School Square Park­ing Garage, 95 NE First Ave. State Road A1A and At­lantic Av­enue. 561-278-0424, Ju­lyFourthDel­ GREEN ACRES Ig­nite the Night In­de­pen­dence Day Celebration. This pa­tri­otic celebration from 5:30 to 10 p.m. fea­tures mu­sic by the Groove, “Most Pa­tri­otic Dressed” con­test, stilt walker, rides, games, arts and crafts and food ven­dors. Fire­works be­gin at 9 p.m. at Greenacres Com­mu­nity Park, 2905 Jog Road. 561-642-2090, LAKE WORTH In­de­pen­dence Day Celebration. The an­nual fes­tiv­i­ties kick off with a pa­rade at 11:30 a.m. A raft race at 1 p.m. will travel on the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way at Bryant Park. Fam­ily fun ac­tiv­i­ties are sched­uled from 1 to 9:30 p.m. and in­clude a car show, kids’ area and bounce house. Per­form­ing mu­si­cal groups in­clude Gravel Kings, JM & the Sweets, Broth­ers of Oth­ers and blues artist Matthew Curry. Stick around for the fire­works at 9 p.m. Bryant Park, 100 S. Golfview Road. 561-533-7395, ROYAL PALM BEACH Star Span­gled Spec­tac­u­lar. Kick­off is at 1 p.m. with a Kids’ Fun Zone fea­tur­ing car­ni­val-style rides, slides and games. It runs un­til 8 p.m. and re­quires a wrist­band pur­chase of $10 per child. More than 20 gourmet food trucks will be part of the Food Truck In­va­sion. Arts and crafts ven­dors will sell lo­cal artists’ wares and lo­cal mu­si­cians will pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment through­out the day. In ad­di­tion, there will be vol­ley­ball, corn­hole and bass­fish­ing tour­na­ments as well as pad­dle­board and kayak ren­tals. Lawn chairs and blan­kets are per­mit­ted. Shut­tle ser­vice is avail­able at 4 p.m. and af­ter the fire­works. Zam­belli Fire­works In­ter­na­tional Show be­gins at 9 p.m. Royal Palm Beach Com­mons Park, 11600 Poin­ciana Blvd. 561-790-5149, Roy­ WELLING­TON Fourth of July Celebration. En­joy the mu­sic of Stu­dio 54 Trib­ute band, bounce houses, face paint­ing, a pet­ting zoo, tra­di­tional games (pie-eat­ing, wa­ter­mel­oneat­ing, Hula-Hoop, egg toss, sack races, tug of war), food trucks, ven­dors and free bingo be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. The evening is topped off with Zam­belli Fire­works dis­play ac­com­pa­nied by Stu­dio 54 simul­cast mu­sic at 9:15 p.m. It will be vis­i­ble from Vil­lage Park and sur­round­ing ar­eas. Free shut­tle ser­vice is avail­able from the Mall at Welling­ton Green at the Palm Tran bus stop be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. It will not run while the fire­works show is in progress. Bring chairs or blan­kets. Drinks are al­lowed. Welling­ton Parks and Recre­ation, 11700 Pier­son Road. 561-791-4005, Welling­ WEST PALM BEACH Fourth on Fla­gler. The large out­door In­de­pen­dence Day celebration runs from 5 to 10 p.m. and fea­tures two stages of lo­cal acts, mil­i­tary honor cer­e­mony, larg­erthan-life ver­sions of games (in­clud­ing hu­man foos­ball and bowl­ing), as well as free kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties. Food and drink will be for sale. An18-minute fire­works ex­trav­a­ganza over the In­tra­coastal be­gins at 9 p.m. Water­front Prom­e­nade and City Com­mons, 101 N. Fla­gler Drive. 561-822-1515,


Many cities are of­fer­ing shut­tle ser­vice to and from this year’s In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions.

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