What to do when a holiday like the Fourth of July falls on hump day? Party like you don't work/don't care on Thursday, or play it safe and let your freak flag fly on the weekend prior? If you prefer the latter, try the Rock N' Roll Beer-B-Que on Saturday or Hot Dog Fest on Sunday. For those with Wednesday free and clear to celebrate the U.S. of A., find a list of Fourth of July activities involving food and drink, after the jump.
Boston's on the Beach Red White and Blues Festival
This six-day, five-stage festival at Boston's on the Beach in Delray Beach kicks off Friday night and continues through the end of Wednesday, July 4, with daily concerts, activities, and food. On the Fourth of July, expect live music throughout the day and a view of the fireworks that will be launched by the City of Delray Beach. Tickets for entry to the festival on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday are for purchase here. There's no admission fee for the activities on Friday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. No outside food or drink permitted, but there will be plenty available to purchase at the festival.
Downtown Lake Worth
Lake Worth will play host to an assortment of old-fashioned Americana activities like a watermelon-eating contest and outdoor barbecues. But the crown jewel is the third annual pie baking contest to be judged outside of 531 East Boutique, 515 Lake Ave. Read more about the festivities here.
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Muddy Waters, 2237 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. Call 954-428-6577
The Key West-themed restaurant/bar will host a pig roast and barbecue from 11 a.m. to close with specials like a "whole roasted pig platter" for $10.99 and half barbecued chicken for $9.99. Various "patriotic" drink specials will be available, including the $3 fireworks shot and the stars and stripes for $3.
W Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-414-8200
Watch the fireworks from the pool deck from 7 to 11 p.m. Restaurant chefs will prepare $18 grilled dishes like honey chipotle ribs, skirt steak, and Jamaican jerk chicken. The patriot (Bacardi Coco, pina colada, strawberry daiquiri, and blue curacao) and the firecracker (bourbon, fresh strawberry, lemon simple syrup, and ginger ale) will be offered for $12 each. The party includes music by a DJ.