At 242 years young, America’s birthday is traditionally recognized with three key ingredients: flags, fireworks, and food. Front porches grace Old Glory. Children and adults don their most festive red, white, and blue attire. Hamburgers and hotdogs fill the grill. Blueberry and apple pies bake in the oven. And the anticipation for spectacular firework displays keeps everyone giddy with excitement.

Palm Beach showcases its patriotic pride with several events and firework shows around the county. Here are five great places to watch July 4th fireworks in Palm Beach County.

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The Fourth on Flagler

Waterfront Fireworks Downtown

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Fourth on Flagler is the largest Independence Day party in South Florida. Located along the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach, this year’s event features musical performances by the Brass Knucklehead, The People Upstairs, Andrew Morris, Liddy Clark, The Derek Mack Band, and The National Guard Band. Additionally, the venue will host family-friendly games and activities throughout the day and offer a wide variety of food and beverage options. A fun and free event, the highlight of the festival is the Military Honor Ceremony at 8:30 p.m. followed by a massive, 18-minute firework display over the Intracoastal Waterway.

Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter

Family Festivities & Parades

Jupiter’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration promises to be a memorable event for all family members. The party kicks off at 4 p.m. with a festive parade down Main Street and features several family-friendly contests such as water balloon toss, pie-eating, meatball eating, hula hoop, and unwrap a frozen t-shirt. Other activities at Abacoa Town Center include water slides, lagoon of doom, bungee station, wildlife exhibits, dueling pianos, bounce houses, and live musical performances. At 6 p.m.. the Jupiter Hammerheads challenge the Fort Myers Miracle at Roger Dean Baseball Stadium. UV, a U2 Tribute Band, will take stage after the game and spectators inside and outside the baseball stadium will enjoy a spectacular firework presentation at 9 p.m.

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North Palm Beach Country Club - Cancelled

Red, White & Boom 

The Village of North Palm Beach hosts an intimate and less crowded firework show over the Intracoastal Waterway. Held at the North Palm Beach Country Club, residents and guests spread blankets across the golf course greens, watch their children or grandchildren play tag with each other, and listen to live music or patriotic recordings. NV Realty Group agent Sharon Gisriel has fond memories of she and her sisters watching fireworks on the golf course as young girls. Now a mom herself, she’s teaching her son that very special tradition. “I’ve watched the firework show there every year since I was born, and now I get to enjoy every firework and every sparkler with my son at this same, special place,” she says. Typically, the firework show begins at 9 p.m., and residents arrive between 6:30 and 7:00 to set up their blankets. However, this year, the country club will not host a firework show due to renovations on the golf course. Residents are encouraged to attend one of the other nearby firework celebrations.

Delray Beach July 4th Celebration

Beachside Display

For those residing in the southern region of Palm Beach County, the Delray Beach July 4th Celebration along the beach and Atlantic Avenue is another free, family-friendly event. Festivities kick off bright and early at 8 a.m. with a sand building contest, which continues until noon. At 5:00 p.m., the town will have its Flag Raising Ceremony followed by live music and activities such as face-painting, putting around, crafting stations, and more. For the first time, the 9 p.m. firework display will launch from a barge in the water, gifting all downtown guests will unobtrusive views of the show.

Little Lake Worth

Light Show on the Lake

If you’re fortunate enough to own a boat -- or better yet, you have friend who owns one -- cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway to Little Lake Worth. If the sky is clear, you can see both the North Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach firework shows from the water. Another option is to schedule a “firework cruise” from Sailfish Marina. Giving a nod to the popular Disney movie The Lion King, the vessel is called “Hakuna Matata,” and this easy cruise is certainly a “no trouble” way of watching fireworks. As an added bonus, patrons are able to see some notable landmarks and the downtown cityscape.

Whether by land or sea, Palm Beach County is a great place to watch fireworks, celebrate America’s birthday, and enjoy the fabulous Fourth of July festivals.

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