Ahh. Fourth of July. It may be America's birthday, but it is also the perfect excuse to pig out on barbecue and drink tons of beer. Whether you're looking to chill out in a restaurant or bar, entertain the little ones, or head to the beach, we have an event for you.
The casino is featuring a night of food trucks, music, fireworks, and, of course, multiple bars. From 6 to 10 p.m., the Seminole Paradise Valet Lot (next to Hooters) is shutting down and bringing in Miami Food Trucks, the Portable Party Unit bar with HDTV's, the Cigar Lounge, and the Budweiser Beer Truck. Zip-lining and rock climbing walls, fortune tellers, stilt walkers, face painters, henna tattoo artists, and live music will provide the entertainment. Julia Dale, the 12-year-old South Florida resident, made famous for her performance at the NBA Championship will sing the National Anthem, which will precede the musically synchronized fireworks display at 9 p.m. The event is free.
On the waterfront in West Palm Beach, this free event is expecting to see more than 100,000 people. Slated to be the largest fireworks display in South Florida, the festivities will celebrate 25 years of Fourth of Julys in the same location. National recording artists and American Music Awards 'Hot New Artist' of 2011, Hot Chelle Rae will be performing before the 16-minute firework display. For those looking to get your holiday drink on, there will be an '80's themed, 21 and up private party in the Lake Pavilion with full bar, refreshments, and air-conditioned views of the fireworks. Festivities start at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Fourth on Flagler is a free event. Tickets to the pavilion are $25 per person. To purchase tickets visit club4thtickets.com.
Generally, you wouldn't think of a French restaurant as the ideal place to celebrate an American holiday, but as part of its 'Tour du Monde' series of events, the spot is hosting a Fourth of July bash. To ring in the celebration, Pistache will be serving up some American barbecue to the backdrop of West Palm Beach's massive fireworks presentation.
Delray Beach, A1A and Atlantic Ave. in Delray. Call 561-279-1380, or visit VisitDelrayBeach.org.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that South Florida's foodie city will be offering tons of treats at its Independence Day celebration. The holiday party begins at 8 a.m. with 3D artists and DIY chalk art for children, live music, a flag ceremony (at 2:30 p.m.), and plenty of other activities to keep you and the kids from getting bored. Food and drink vendors will be set up all throughout the area. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m., over the ocean, just a few blocks south of Atlantic Ave.
As part of the city's All American Fourth of July celebration, live music, tasty food, arts and crafts, a kidz zone, shopping, and, most importantly, fireworks will be featured in an all day event. The free event starts at noon and fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Starting at 12:30 p.m., with fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m., Fort Lauderdale Beach is shutting down for a free family-friendly Independence Day party. The event will feature a kidz zone, musical entertainment, beach games, diaper derby, Bon Jovi tribute band, and more. As per usual, the beachfront restaurant and bars will be open for beach-goers looking for alcoholic beverages and food.
The Deerfield Beach bar is ringing in America's big bay with a July Fourth Barbecue and Pig Roast. From 11 a.m., until the roast is no more, the spot is offering a family-friendly event with drink and food specials, pirate stuff for the little ones, and plenty of good ole' American fare. Food starts at $6.99.
To celebrate the golden days of the US of A, Flamingo Gardens is featuring a '50's barbecue with oldies music, and half-price admission. Admission is $9 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages four to 11. It's open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dada is hosting a July Fourth special barbecue cookout sponsored by the US Marines to benefit Toys for Tots. Live music and choice of barbecue platter with North Carolina or Texas-style sauce will be offered.
Starting at 1 p.m., Hollywood Beach is bringing on the party with kids activities, live music, food, drinks, and fireworks starting at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.