Wondering what to do this 4th of July? I think where ever you are, and whatever you’re in the mood for, there is something near you! Check out our list below, and if you know of something we missed, please let us know soon!
Aventura- Enjoy the annual fireworks display with great views from Country Club Drive and other areas. Aventura , 09:00 pm – N/A
along Don Soffer Exercise Trail, Aventura, FL http://www.cityofaventura.com
Boca Raton. What’s that noise you hear, Boca Raton? It’s likely the massive fireworks coming from Contess De Hoernle Park. This one is always a family favorite, with carnival rides galore, games, crafts and food (for sale) for all to enjoy. 6:30 p.m. at Countess De Hoernle Park, 1000 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton; myboca.us. Free admission.
Coral Springs. The Fourth is always a great day to bounce around town. At Coral Springs’ celebration, you can jump around inside one of a handful of bounce houses. This family friendly affair boasts an awesome fireworks display (at 9 p.m.), tunes, crafts and a number of food vendors serving up delicious grub. 6 p.m. at Mullins Park, 10000 Ben Geiger Drive, Coral Springs; coralsprings.org. Free admission and parking is $3
Davie – Flamingo Gardens Celebrate Independence Day with a bit of Old Florida. Step back in time with a 1930-1940s costume contest, music and old-fashioned games. Flamingo Gardens , 09:30 am – 04:00 pm
3750 S. Flamingo Rd, Davie, FL http://www.flamingogardens.org
Davie – Join in the community celebration with a day of family fun featuring swimming and pool games from 10am-3pm at Pine Island Pool, 3800 SW 92 Ave., followed by arts and crafts for kids, live music, games and more from 4-9pm at Pine Island Park, 3801 Pine Island Rd. Fireworks at 9pm Pine Island Park 3801 Pine Island Rd., Davie, FL http://www.davie-fl.gov
Davie- Vista View Experience one of the best spots from which to view numerous firework displays across Broward County. From Vista View Park’s hill, the highest man-made elevation in the county, you can see the fireworks from Davie, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Sunrise and possibly Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood when the weather is clear. $1.50/person before 7:30pm, $2/person after 7:30pm
Vista View Park , 07:30 pm – 10:00 pm 4001 SW 142 Ave., Davie, FL
Deerfield Beach. Deerfield Beach is always a blast and their peeps know how to party. And yes, their Fourth of July set-up is awesome. A stone’s throw from the main drag and right on the beach, enjoy a string of top-notch arts and craft vendors, grub and tunes from the likes Jahzilla, Smokin’ (Boston tribute band), Shaw Davis & Black Ties, Chris Korzen and Steve Minotti. End the evening with some world-class fireworks near the pier. Noon to 9 p.m. at and near Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach; deerfield-beach.com. Free to attend.
Delray Beach. Are you the Michaelangelo of the sandcastle art world? It’s your time to shine. Delray Beach’s July Fourth celebration kicks off at 8 a.m. with a sandcastle contest. Later that day, from 5 to 9:30 p.m., there will be a mini golf course and kids’ corner interactive area for the whole family to enjoy. Echosmith, Max & Logan, Solid Brass and U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors will jam and the Zambelli fireworks start buzzin’ at 9 p.m. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. beachside at Atlantic Ave. and A1A, Delray Beach; julyfourthdelraybeach.com. Free admission.
Fort Lauderdale – Atlantic Hotel & Spa. Nothing is more American than stuffing your face with delicious food. Fortunately, the Atlantic Hotel & Spa on Fort Lauderdale Beach has you covered. Enjoy a delicious clambake, Maine lobster, a carving station and a gazillion other drool-worthy things on the Atlantic’s 5th floor pool terrace. And, immediately after, enjoy a great view of the fireworks. 7 to 9 p.m. at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Beach; eventbrite.com. $59 for adults and $29 for children 12-and-under.
Fort Lauderdale Kayak Tour. Fort Lauderdale is “the Venice of America.” So, what’s the best way to watch the Las Olas fireworks? On the water, of course. So, you don’t have a yacht? Rent a kayak, join some other fun peeps and hit the canals. If you have your own kayak, you’re welcome to join at a discounted rate, too. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at George English Park, 1101 Bayview Drive, Fort Lauderdale; eventbrite.com. Admission starts at $25 per person. Kayak rentals (including admission) start at $50.
Hallandale Beach – Gulfstream Park. Horses and giveaways? God bless America. Gulfstream Park’s Freedom Fest Party kicks off at 6 p.m., with patriotic giveaways and a DJ. At 9 p.m., you can watch a fireworks spectacle trackside. And, yes, you’ll be able to gamble, too. Live horse racing starts at 1:15 p.m. and, if you need a break, the Ten Palms trackside restaurant has a special BBQ buffet running all day. 6 to 10 p.m. at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; gulfstreampark.com. Free admission.
Hollywood – A hometown star-spangled celebration with music and fun for the whole family at beach
side locations, followed by fireworks offshore at 9pm . Hollywood Beach Broadwalk , 02:00 pm – 10:00 pm along the beach, Hollywood, FL http://hollywoodfl.org
Lake Worth. Your raft is gathering up some dust and needs some attention. So, bring it to the City of Lake Worth’s Fourth of July shindig and get rafting. The city’s Independence Day celebration includes a raft parade, raft race, car show and a sizeable kids area. High Tolerance, The Spazmatics Florida and more will provide live tunes before a 9 p.m. fireworks show. 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Bryant Park, Lake Ave. and Golfview on the Intracoastal Waterway, Lake Worth; facebook.com. Free admission.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea – A day of old-fashioned fun with a parade along El Mar Drive starting at 10am, followed by family-friendly activities until 3pm. Fireworks display at 9pm El Prado Park 4500 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-sea, FL http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov
Margate – Kick off the day with a parade starting at 9am down Margate Boulevard. Evening celebration continues with live music at 6pm and fireworks at 9pm Margate Boulevard and U.S. 441 http://www.margatefl.com
Miramar. Community fun to mark Independence Day. 7-9pm, Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway, 954-602-3171 www.miramarfl.gov
Pembroke Pines- Gather family and friends to enjoy music, food and fireworks. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Free Pines Recreation Festival Grounds , 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm Pines Boulevard, just east of University Drive, Pembroke Pines, FL
Plantation- Begin celebrating at 9am with a patriotic parade from the intersection of Broward Boulevard and NW 46 Avenue, traveling west to City Hall. Celebrate with evening activities at the ball fields, featuring live music and fireworks. Free. Central Park , 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
9151 NW Second St, Plantation, FL http://www.plantation.org
Pompano Beach- Gather at the beach to listen to a live band and DJ tunes followed by fireworks at 9pm. Pompano Beach Fishing Pier , 05:00 pm – 09:00 pm 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., , Pompano Beach, FL http://pompanobeachfl.gov
Sunrise- Grand Funk Railroad in Sunrise is ready to rock this Fourth of July. In addition to a kids’ fun zone and food and drinks galore, the town has quite the entertainment line-up slated for this year. Reggaers Skotch Bonnett Band and classic rockers Mr. Nice Guy will open things up, and then it’s Grand Funk Railroad bringing down the house before a 9:15 p.m. fireworks display. A parade will also take place on Sunset Strip at 9 a.m. that day. Concert starts at 4:30 p.m. and Grand Funk Railroad plays at 7:45 p.m. at The BB&T Center, One Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; sunrisefl.gov. Free admission and parking.
Sunrise- Floats will wind their way west along Sunset Strip from NW 12 Street to City Park, where the fun continues with free refreshments and kids’ entertainment. 9am-noon, 954-747-4600 www.sunrisefl.gov In the evening, join your neighbors for children’s activities, live music and a fireworks display. Free. 4:30-9:30pm, BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway, www.sunrisefl.gov
Tamarac- Grab blankets and lawn chairs for the city of Tamarac’s All-American Celebration featuring entertainment, a fun zone, live music, food trucks, games and more. Fireworks at 9pm. Tamarac Sports Complex , 06:00 pm – 09:30 pm ,9901 NW 77 St., Tamarac, FL http://www.tamarac.org
Weston- A hometown parade featuring local businesses, civic groups, schools, bands and organizations, with the theme Celebrating the Great American Spirit. Weston Town Center , 10:30 am . Main Street, Weston, FL http://www.westonfl.org
West Palm Beach – South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Are a bunch of fireworks blowing up not enough science for you for one day? The South Florida Science Center has you covered. On July Fourth, the aquarium will host live fire jug and liquid nitrogen demos, a number of patriotic hands-on activities, Lego spin art, and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach; sfsciencecenter.org. Activities included in regular Science Center admission.