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Fourth of July 2016's Fireworks, Parades, Picnics, and Parties in Broward and Palm Beach

Finally, a holiday celebration that every generation can agree is lit. It's officially summer, which means Fourth of July is right around the corner, so it's time to break out your best barbecue recipes, grab a new bathing suit, and start putting some thought into how you will celebrate Independence Day 2016. Here in South Florida we are blessed with a plethora of locations that are all completely acceptable Fourth of July hot spots, which makes deciding which one to attend a fantastic problem to have. 

Luckily, we're here to help you solve this awesome problem. Here is a list of some of the best Fourth of July celebrations taking place in Broward and Palm Beach this year. Choose wisely. 

City of Boca Raton
From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Countess deHoernle Park, 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton.
Free family-friendly activities including a Klime Wallz, food available for purchase, and a fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. Free trolley service from Boca Corporate Center and Campus.

City of Coral Springs 
From 6 to 9 p.m. at Mullins Park, 10000 NW 29th St., Coral Springs.
Enjoy games, bounce houses, food, and entertainment starting at 6 p.m. Parking will be available for $3. The fireworks display begins at 9 p.m.

City of Davie 
From 4 to 9:30 p.m. at Pine Island Park Multi-Purpose Center, 3801 Pine Island Road, Davie .
Festivities and activities will  include arts and crafts, food trucks, a youth section, face painting, bounce houses, train rides, and craft vendors.

City of Delray Beach 
From 4 to 9 p.m. along A1A & Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach.
This free event will feature live music with Main Street Dreamers & the Holidazed, a sand-sculpting contest hosted by Delray Marketplace, and a putt-putt challenge at the Putt’n Around mini-golf course. Activities will include the KOOL 105.5 Splash Zone featuring a water maze and dunk tanks, a kid’s corner hosted by the Avenue Church with face painting and craft activities, sidewalk chalk, and a giant community mural. The over-21 crowd can enjoy a beer garden hosted by Burger Fi, Caffe Luna Rosa, and Boston’s on the Beach. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and launch from the north end of the beach; they'll be simulcast by Wild 95.5.

City of Fort Lauderdale 
From noon to 9:30 p.m on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.
This free event will feature a DJ, music, face painting, and beach games and contests. An old-fashioned hot dog eating contest and a pie eating contest will take place as well. From 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., Crystal Visions of Fleetwood Mac take the stage performing hits like "Landslide," "Dreams," and "the Chain." Then, at 6:15 p.m., Brass Evolution takes over and performs hits by Chicago, Tower of Power, Earth, Wind and Fire, and more.  Lite 101.5 FM will be onsite throughout the day and will simulcast music with the fireworks display.

City of Hallandale Beach 
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at S. City Beach Park,  1870 S. Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach.
Hallandale Beach's free daytime party gets out in front of all the Fourth of July festivities with a "Celebrate America" event taking place Saturday, June 25. It will include games, activities, music, and much more. 
Gulfstream Park
12:45 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 2; 1:15 to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 3; 1:15 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach.
Freedom Fest is a three-day-long event at Gulfstream Park complete with horse racing, Fan Grab Giveaways, Kid Zone, Ten Palms BBQ Buffet, and, at 9 p.m. on Sunday, the Grucci Fireworks display.

City of Hollywood 
2 to 10 p.m. on Hollywood Beach at 300 Connecticut St.
Activities will include Charnow Park’s splash pad, beach games, percussion instruments to play along by beachside entertainers, and food and drink tents. The celebration concludes with a star-spangled offshore fireworks display at 9 p.m.

City of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 
From 10 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. at El Prado Park, 2 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

The day kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade presented by the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Volunteer Fire Department starting from behind Town Hall (4501 N. Ocean Drive) and wraps up at 9 p.m. with fireworks at the beach (just north of Commercial Boulevard and El Prado Park). In between, enjoy Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at El Prado Park. Food, drinks, and family-friendly fun will be available throughout the courtyard and lining the streets. 

From 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Margate Boulevard and U.S. 441, Margate.
Margate is hosting its annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks celebration on Monday, July 4. The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with a parade, followed by the Fourth of July Extravaganza with food trucks at 5 p.m., a concert at 6 p.m., and fireworks at 9 p.m. There will also be children's activities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Calypso Cove water park.

City of Miramar 
From 7 to 9 p.m. at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. 
This free event celebrating America's independence kicks off at 7 p.m. and culminates with a fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m. Family-friendly event; food and drinks available for purchase. 

City of Pompano Beach 
From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier at 100 W. Atlantic Blvd.
The city of Pompano Beach will celebrate July 4th this year with a fireworks extravaganza just outside the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. There will be live music by Chain Reaction (a Journey tribute band), followed by emcee Kenny Walker and 102.7 the Beach Radio Station, playing throughout the night. Available parking is at Atlantic Boulevard and A1A; at the new Pier Garage, located right across from the pier; and on the streets. 
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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