Four casinos have patriotic celebrations this week, although two of them will take place before July 4. I guess the idea is that July 4 is a family night for many people, so launch those fireworks early.
Mardi Gras Casino's party is first, with fireworks at 9 p.m. Tuesday, a national anthem sing-off and Star-Spangled Hot Seat, awarding $250 cash to three patrons.
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will launch a $200,000 giveaway Thursday, featuring the Coco's Lucky Fives Giveaway. Guests can win $555 every five minutes from noon to midnight, with fireworks at 9 p.m. From 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, the casino will give away $60,000 per day, with winners every half hour.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is tying World Cup soccer to its event, with an outdoor party in the valet parking lot from 4 to 10 p.m. July 4.
Soccer will be shown on an oversize outdoor screen at 4 p.m., with samba dancers, drummers, capoeira performances, bikini flag models and sexy soccer players, promoters say. Music by bands Groove and new Planets starts at 6 p.m., with the fireworks at 9 p.m.
County singer Ciara Rae will perform at Center Stage in Seminole Paradise from 7 to 11 p.m.
The other casino with a major entertainment-shopping area, Gulfstream Park, starts with a World Cup watch party at 11 a.m. July 4, then honors military servicemen at 12:15 p.m. Horse racing begins at 1:25 p.m., costume characters and sing-a-longs at 5 p.m., live music at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9.
Gulfstream also has two food deals: Ten Palms Buffet opens at 12:30 p.m. ($35), and a barbecue buffet is at 6 p.m. ($24.99). Half-prize for children 12 and under on both.
The Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222) marks July 4 with free admission, a trackside barbecue, greyhound adoptions, and drawings for a 42-inch flat-screen TV and cash.