On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our independence the most American way we know how, with explosions and beer.
Whether you're young and single and looking to party with a few friends or you’re married with a family of five, South Florida has something for people of all ages who want to kick off America’s birthday.
You don’t have to wait until Monday, either; there's plenty to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties all weekend — and adults can have plenty of fun, too.
Red, White & America! 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at America’s Backyard; 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-449-1025, myamericasbackyard.com.
It’s perfectly acceptable to party on a Sunday when you don’t have work the following day. Sure to be the biggest party in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Red, White & America! is offering a $20 all-you-can-drink package from 8 to 10 p.m., as well as $10 yards from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Celebrate our Founding Fathers with plenty of booze and Lee Greenwood songs.
Made in America Let’s Party & BBQ; Noon Sunday, July 3, at Rhythm & Vine; 401 NE Fifth Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, 954-533-3734, rhythm-vine.com.
Smokey C’s Catering and E&J Texas BBQ food truck will be serving the grub, and DJs Konflikt, Crespo, Sean G, Iron Lyon, and Misha Samson will be spinning tracks all day. Guests can enjoy $20 bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, and Peroni beer from noon to 3 p.m.
4th of July Village Street Festival; 9 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the Plaza at North Beach Village Resort; 2900 Belmar St., Fort Lauderdale, 754-229-3870, northbeachvillageresort.com.
Located just south of the Bonnet House and a block west of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the North Beach Village Resort will host this festival at its Plaza Bistro. Adults can order from the cocktail bar while kids enjoy burgers and ice cream. From here, you can watch the Fort Lauderdale Beach fireworks show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. There will be kid-friendly entertainment along with a DJ. If you’re looking for a more secluded and peaceful way to celebrate the Fourth, this is the right place.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July; Monday, July 4, at Flamingo Gardens; 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie, 954-473-2955, flamingogardens.org.
Dress in your 1950s best for this old-fashioned bash, celebrating our independence at this beautiful wildlife sanctuary and botanical garden. Everyone gets half-price admission for the day ($9.95 for ages 12 and up, $6.45 for kids 3-11, free for 2 and under). DJ Digital Anarchy will be playing music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. There will also be a watermelon and pie-eating contest the whole family can participate in, and narrated tram tours are included with admission.
Freedom Fest; Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4, at the Village at Gulfstream Park; 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, gulfstreampark.com.
Although this lasts all weekend, the fireworks will be happening Sunday. Guests can order from the BBQ buffet at the Ten Palms for $24.99 per person, and there will be food trucks in the south valet area from 4 to 10 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. and a DJ will play from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
All American Fourth of July; 7 p.m. Monday, July 4, at World of Beer; 4437 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954-984-0300, worldofbeer.com/locations/CoconutCreek.
Celebrate your American heritage with $2 PBR tallboys and juicy burgers with a side of fries for $5. Play a round of trivia starting at 7 p.m. for a chance to win up to $30 in WOB bucks.
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Ghostbusters Release Party; 9 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Pawn Shop Lounge; 219 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-833-6500, pawnshopwpb.com.
Although it isn’t technically a Fourth of July-themed party, what’s more American than Venkman, Spengler, and Co. saving New York City from creepy ghosts? OK, this party is celebrating the all-female remake, out July 15, but it’s sure to be a blast. DJ JayR will be spinning tracks, and there will be an appearance by Central Florida costume group CAT5 Ghostbusters, along with the Ecto 1M. Open bar and no cover from 9 to 11 p.m. Dress in your best Ghostbusters gear and enter the movie ticket giveaway. Don’t be afraid of no ghosts; you’re ‘Merican.
4th on Flagler; Monday, July 4, at West Palm Beach Waterfront, 561-822-1515, wpb.org/4th.
Billed as Palm Beach County’s largest fireworks display. Adults can attend the VIP party and interactive art displays while kids enjoy a play area. There will be craft brews available to sip on, classic Americana cuisine, and three stages of live entertainment. Nothing is quite as breathtaking as watching fireworks blaze in the air over the waterfront on Flagler Drive. Admission is free.
Town of Jupiter Fireworks Extravaganza; 6 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Roger Dean Stadium; 4751 Main St., Jupiter, 561-630-1828, rogerdeanstadium.com.
Fourth of July fireworks are a time-honored tradition at the Roger Dean Stadium in Abacoa. Watch the Palm Beach Cardinals take on the Jupiter Hammerheads at 6 p.m., followed by the fireworks. Guests can also bid on special Independence Day baseball jerseys, and winners will meet their player on the field for a photo and autograph. Bidding starts at $60.
Sixth Annual 4th of July Charity Barbecue; Monday, July 4, at Dada; 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561-330-3232, sub-culture.org/dada.
Have a full BBQ dinner for $20 while jazz-funk band