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Coral Springs: Enjoy some special moments to remember with family and friends at Mullins Park during this Fourth of July celebration. Food and activities will be available starting at 6 p.m. before the fireworks display at 9 p.m. There is a $3 parking fee. Mullins Park, 10180 NW 29th St. 954-345-2200.
Davie: Family Fun Day activities begin at 1 p.m. on the ball fields. There will be bounce houses, rides, a climbing wall, arts and crafts, youth entertainment, swimming, games and food trucks. Free cake will be served (while supplies last) to celebrate our country's birthday. Across the Universe (a Beatles tribute band), Thunder Road and the Relyx will perform. A fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. by Firepower Displays Unlimited. Pine Island Park, 3801 S. Pine Island Road, Davie. 954-797-1163, Davie-fl.gov
Vista View Park fireworks viewing will take place at the highest manmade elevation in Broward County. Depending on weather conditions, one can see fireworks displays from Davie, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation and Sunrise. Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood fireworks may even be seen. Most of these shows are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., but you're welcome to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets and come early to get a good spot. The park opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. The entry fee is good for admission all day; present your receipt for re-entry. You are also invited to bring your own refreshments, although hard liquor and glass containers are not allowed. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. The park's playgrounds and shelters will be closed. Admission before 7:30 p.m. will be the park's regular holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 or younger free); price goes up to $2 per person after 7:30 p.m. Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142nd Ave., Davie. 954-357-8898.
Flamingo Gardens' Old-Fashioned Fourth will feature "old time" games including potato-sack races and a hula-hoop contest. Break out a 1950s outfit and dance to the oldies. It's a half-price day that offers carnival games and a chance to visit with bald eagles in the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary. All the fun takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Admission is $9 for ages 12 or older, $5 for ages 4-11, members and children 3 or younger are free. 954-473-2955, FlamingoGardens.org
Deerfield Beach: There will be entertainment, arts, crafts and food vendors, as well as a Kid's Zone from 1 to 9 p.m. Carly Jo Jackson, the Baron Sisters, the Pit Bull of the Blues, Turnstiles Tribute Band and Valerie Tyson Band will take the stage from 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free parking and trolley pickups will be available at the Cove Shopping Center, 1500 E. Hillsboro Blvd., and St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 363 SE 12th Ave (on the east side of the complex). Trolleys will begin picking up and dropping off starting at 11 a.m. and will run until 5:45 p.m. At that time, all trolley pickups and dropoffs will be stopped until 11 p.m., when the trolleys will begin running again until midnight. Main Beach Parking Lot, Ocean Way and Southeast First Street. Fireworks display is at 9 p.m. 954-480-4200, Deerfield-Beach.com.
Fort Lauderdale: Fourth of July Spectacular will feature beach games, contests and live entertainment from 4 to 9 p.m. and a DJ from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. Fort Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. 954-828-5363, FortLauderdale.gov.
Hollywood Beach: July 4th Star Spangled Spectacular will be fun for all ages at this celebration of our nation's 237th birthday. Start off at Charnow Park (Garfield Street and the Broadwalk) with a DJ, patriotic tattoos, music and games for children from 1 to 6 p.m. Music at the Hollywood Beach Theater gets going at 1 p.m. with Fusion Dance Band, and then the Ruby Baker Band at 7. The offshore fireworks display presented by Pyrotecnico starts promptly at 9 p.m. Hollywood Beach Theater, 100 Johnson St. 954-921-3404, hollywoodfl.org
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea: A parade will kick off the festivities as it heads down Bougainvillea Drive, starting at 10 a.m. Then, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a picnic on Town Hall grounds with jugglers, a dunk tank and live music. Water-hose demonstrations for kids will be done by the town's volunteer fire department in El Prado Park (on the beach across from Town Hall). Fireworks will cap off the fun-filled day at 9 p.m. Bougainvillea Drive, 4501 N. Ocean Drive. 954-640-4252, LauderdaleByTheSea-fl.gov.
Margate: The parade marches down Margate Boulevard along 76th Avenue to Margate Municipal Complex from 9 to 11:30 am. Immediately following the parade (at the northwest corner of Margate Boulevard and State Road 7), there will be free hot dogs, beverages, music and bounce houses. Margate Volunteer Intergenerational Band will perform and food trucks will be selling all types of goodies from 5 to 9 p.m. Cool off at the Calypso Cove pool party from 1 to 5 p.m. The Fireworks shoot off at 9 p.m. Margate Municipal Complex, 58th Avenue. 954-972-6458, Margatefl.com.
Miramar: The celebration starts at 7 p.m., ending with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. 954-602-3319.
Pembroke Pines: The holiday festivities include rides and a concert; food trucks are on site from 6 to 9 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd. 954-435-6525, PPines.com
Plantation: This year's Independence Day theme is "60 Years of Celebrating Our Nation Together" with a parade beginning 9 a.m. at the corner of West Broward Boulevard and Northwest 46th Avenue, ending at City Hall with an awards ceremony. At Plantation Central Park, there will also be a children's carnival at 5:30 p.m. and a concert by Viva Classic Rock and Roll at 7:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase during the evening. Fireworks by Zambelli are set to go off at 9 p.m. Plantation Central Park, 9151 NW Second St. 954-452-2510, Plantation.org.
Pompano Beach: The All Day Beach Bash affair features kids' activities and an antique car show from noon to 6 p.m. There will be a watermelon-eating contest, relay races, arts-and-crafts projects, bounce houses and airbrush and glitter tattoos. Entertainment begins at 2 p.m. with Fourth Dimension, Rodeo Clowns, Sekond Nature and Slip and the Spinouts performing. "What's the Deal" game show follows the bands. Food trucks will be on site from noon to 9 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for the fireworks extravaganza, which will be launched from the end of the fishing pier at 9 p.m. Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd. 954-786-4111, MyPompanoBeach.org.
Sunrise: The patriotic "Let Freedom Ring" parade will head down Sunset Strip from Northwest 12th Street to City Park, where there will be free food, rides and kids' fun. Festivities are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. City Park, 6700 Sunset Strip, Sunrise, 954-747-4600, Sunrisefl.gov.
Celebrate the Fourth at BB&T Center's annual event, featuring a children's area with bounce houses, games, face painters, jugglers, rides and rock climbing. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Making Faces from West Palm Beach will kick off the music, and veteran rockers Soul Asylum ("Runaway Train," "Misery," "Somebody To Shove") will play, followed by a fireworks finale. The event starts 5 p.m. outside the arena's parking lot. BB&T Center, 2555 NW 136th Ave. 954-835-7825, TheBBTCenter.com.
Weston: No fireworks in Weston, but there is a 5K Race at 7 a.m. from Weston Town Center. The "Let Freedom Ring" hometown parade lineup is 9:30 a.m., starting at 10:30 a.m. and traveling from Town Center Boulevard and Three Village Road. Parade route ends on Main Street. 954-389-4321, Westonfl.org, SplitSecondTiming.com.
PALM BEACH COUNTRY
Boca Raton: The Fabulous Fourth Celebration will offer loads of family fun with rock climbing, giant slides, rides, carnival games and more, starting at 6:30 p.m. The All-Star Band will perform rock music from the 1960s and '80s, beginning at 7 p.m. Fireworks take off at 9 p.m. Spanish River Sports Complex, 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd. 561-367-7073, 561-393-7807, MyBoca.us.
Sunset Cove's July 4th Celebration will feature the Shindigs performing classic hits from the 1950s, '60s and '70s starting at 6:30 p.m. A musical fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks will follow. Food trucks will be on site. Don't forget to bring picnic baskets and lawn chairs. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Road. 561-488-8069.
Boynton Beach: The celebration includes an area for kids (6-7:30 p.m.), music by JJ and the Connection (R&B) at 6:30 p.m. and The Ocoee River Band (country rock) at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. A free park and ride shuttle from Boynton Beach City Hall (100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd.) and Boynton Beach High School (4975 Park Ridge Blvd. at Gateway Blvd.) will be available from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway. 561-742-6650, Boynton-Beach.org.
Delray Beach: There will be lots of activities for everyone all day. A sand-sculpture contest takes place from 8 a.m. to noon and an extreme-volleyball match between Delray Beach and Miami Beach will go from 4 to 6 p.m. More fun from 3 to 9 p.m. includes kids' water activities, mini golf, an art exhibition, 3-D chalk art, a photo booth and vendor booths. A variety of food will be sold, and there will be a beer garden. The entertainment lineup: Mixtura Band at 3:30 p.m., Son of Man Blues Band at 5, the Long Run Eagles Tribute Band at 6:30 and wrapping up with Nobodies Crew until 9 p.m. The fireworks display takes place 9 p.m. at the south end of the beach. Take advantage of the free shuttle service. Many of the events take place around A1A and Atlantic Avenue. 561-279-1370, DowntownDelrayBeach.com/july-fourth-celebration.
Greenacres: The annual patriotic "Ignite the Night" celebration, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., will offer music, contests, children's activities, arts and crafts and food. A fireworks display caps off the excitement at 9 p.m. Greenacres Community Park, 2905 Jog Road. 561-642-2181, Ci.greenacres.fl.us/dept_leisure/community_events.htm.
Lake Worth: The celebration kicks off with the annual Great American Raft Race, featuring the Parade of Rafts from Lake Avenue to Bryant Park Boat Ramp at 10 a.m. Then, the Centennial Championship Raft Race will float down the Intracoastal Waterway at 11 a.m. The daily festivities at Bryant Park will include arts and crafts, food, music, food and drinks. School of Rock, Carol of Gianni, People Upstairs, Iggy G and Spam All Stars will entertain from noon to 8:30 p.m. A Sunset Dance at Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex will offer dancing, dinner and VIP fireworks viewing from 7 to 10 p.m. for $35 per person. For reservations, call 561-533-7395. Fireworks cascade over the Intracoastal Waterway at 9 p.m. Bryant Park, Golfview Drive at Lake Avenue on the Intracoastal. 561-533-7363, LakeWorth.org/topics.
Royal Palm Beach: As part of the celebration, a Kids' Fun zone area will be packed with carnival-style rides, slides and games from 1 to 8 p.m., and will require a wristband purchase. Local artists will be selling their handcrafted masterpieces, an interactive DJ will spin hits, and there will be a variety of live country and tribute bands and an open-mike session. Odyssey Road (a Journey tribute band) begins at 7 p.m. More than 20 gourmet food trucks will sell their delicacies. Zambelli Fireworks show lights up at 9 p.m. Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. 561-790-5124, RoyalPalmBeach.com.
Wellington: Patriotic Pool Party will help cool things down from noon to 5 p.m. at the Aquatics Complex, 12150 Forest Hill Blvd. Regular pool entrance fees apply. Wellingtonfl.gov/community/city-hall/aquatics-complex.html. Later on, enjoy the Family Fourth Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza, featuring traditional games, inflatable rides, free bingo, face painting and food for purchase from 6 to 9 p.m. Brass Evolution will provide the musical entertainment. Zambelli Fireworks, synchronized to music, light up at 9 p.m. Free shuttles will be available from the Mall at Wellington Green at the Palm Tran bus stop. Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road. 561-753-2484, 561-791-4005, Ci.wellington.fl.us.
West Palm Beach: "By George, We're Celebrating a QUARTER Century!" is the theme of this year's lollapalooza event looking back on 25 years of fun, family and fireworks on the waterfront. Some highlights of the holiday: unfurling of the five-story American flag on the side of the Esplanade Grande building, the Big Rig Gig backhoe and forklift competition, and the Fountain of Youth Kids Area celebrating Florida's 500th anniversary. Music begins at 5 p.m. and includes performers White Collar Crime, Mighty Quinn, Cat Shell and Riverdown. New this year is a ticketed party at the Lake Pavilion (ages 21 and up). It will be air-conditioned and will include food, beverages, a DJ and a prime viewing area. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at Club4thTickets.com. Fireworks shoot off at 9 p.m. and will be set to contemporary pop hits. 561-822-2222
Aventura: The city's 18th Independence Day celebration will not disappoint. Fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. and can be seen from any location along Country Club Drive. A rain date is scheduled for July 5. 305-466-8930, CityOfAventura.com
Coconut Grove: Nineteenth-century pioneer home site the Barnacle will feature an "Old-Fashioned 4th of July Picnic" with crafts and live music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase food. Admission is $5, $3 for ages 6-11, free for ages 5 or younger. Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway. 305-442-6866, TheBarnacle.org.
Peacock Park fireworks display at 9 p.m. will be preceded by a celebration with food trucks, live music, and a children's play area. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove. 305-444-7270, .coconutgrove.com/events/4th-of-july-firework/
Coral Gables: The beautiful Biltmore's grounds open at 5 p.m., and the Greater Miami Symphonic Band will perform a patriotic concert at 7 p.m. CBS4 co-anchor Rhiannon Ally will emcee the festivities. Fireworks spectacular begins at 9 p.m. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. The city will offer free parking and shuttle service throughout the evening to and from the Biltmore Hotel. Shuttle service begins at 5 p.m. from the University of Miami Ponce garage, the BankUnited Center surface lot, the Coral Gables Youth Center at 405 University Drive and Garage 4 at 345 Andalusia Avenue. The last shuttle will depart for the fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
Doral: Music kicks off the party, starting at 7 p.m., with entertainment by Boys Night Out and Orquesta America. Fireworks commence at 9 p.m. Free trolley service available from Miami-Dade County Elections Department and parking lot on Northwest 27th Street and Northwest 87th Avenue. JC Bermudez Park, 3000 NW 87th Ave. 305-593-6600, CityOfDoral.com.
Hialeah: Enjoy the city's annual Independence Day Celebration with live entertainment, music, food, games and activities. A spectacular fireworks and laser-light show will serve as the grand finale. Milander Park, 4700 Palm Ave.
Homestead: The annual Race to the Fourth will include family entertainment, children's rides, food and games starting at 6 p.m. Rock 'n' roll bands Head First and Main Highway will perform. Fireworks display is at 9 p.m. Homestead-Miami Speedway, ` Speedway Blvd. Free, but $15 tickets are available and include VIP parking inside the stadium, food and soft drinks inside the Champion's Club. 305-224-4570, CityOfHomestead.com.
Miami: Bring the family to Bayfront Park for fun and frivolity for "America's Birthday Bash." The park will be open all day. Kids can have fun in their own Kids' Zone from 3 to 7 p.m. Fireworks light up the night sky at 9 p.m. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 305-358-7550, BayfrontParkMiami.com.
Lummus Park's annual "Fire on the Fourth" will include a free concert on the beach featuring Nicole Henry at 7 p.m. A fireworks display sets off at 9 p.m. Free shuttles will be available to and from North Beach. Lummus Park, Ninth Street and Ocean Drive. 305-673-7000, MiamiBeachfl.gov.
Palmetto Bay/Cutler Bay: Come out and celebrate the Fourth with family and friends. The park opens at sunrise, and boat ramps open at 6 a.m. Enjoy the park's bikeways, jogging trails, fishing and dockside restaurant. Parking is limited. No overflow parking is available for boat trailers. The marina channel will be closed from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in preparation for the fireworks at 9 p.m. Black Point Park and Marina, 24775 SW 87th Ave. 305-755-7848.
These events are taking place on Thursday, July 4, and are free unless otherwise indicated. Alcoholic beverages, glass containers, sparklers and personal fireworks are prohibited. In many instances, coolers are not permitted. Please leave pets at home.Copyright © 2015, South Florida