Flags, fireworks, food, and family are the hallmarks of the July 4th holiday. And after a quiet, quarantine-ish July 4th holiday last year, patriots are ready to party, watch a firework display, and celebrate America’s freedom with friends.
The tradition of Fourth of July fireworks dates back to 1777 when 13 rockets were fired in Philadelphia to recognize the 13 independent colonies. Today, cities across our nation light fireworks to celebrate and honor America’s birthday. In Palm Beach County, local municipalities are planning festivals and preparing for spectacular firework shows. Here are a few events happening in our region:
Taking place at Intracoastal Park (2240 N Federal Hwy), the city of Boynton Beach will commemorate the 4th with one of the largest Zambelli firework shows in South Florida. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 9:30 p.m., with a firework show starting at 9 p.m.
The free festival includes an array of food trucks, live music, and a water show by Palm Beach Hydroflight. Patrons may park at the Intracoastal Park or utilize the complimentary shuttle from Harvey Oyer Park.
Downtown Delray Beach will celebrate all weekend. Starting Friday, downtown shops and boutiques will host a SPARKtacular sidewalk sale, and residents are encouraged to decorate their homes in a patriotic fashion. On Saturday, patrons will participate in the Uncle Sam Jam at Pompey Park from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., which will include live music, children’s activities, games, jugglers, magicians, and food trucks. Finally, on Sunday, July 4th, the city hosts two main events: sand sculpting contest and Zambelli firework display. The sand sculpting contest takes place from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on the beach directly behind the pavilion. Registration is free, but contestants must register in advance. Shortly before 9 p.m., throw your blanket on the lawn or sip a cocktail on one of downtown’s famed rooftop bars and enjoy a spectacular firework show.
What’s more patriotic than baseball and fireworks? Mega Bash at Roger Dean Stadium in Abacoa is thrilled to announce its return for 2021. The event includes block parties and baseball games all weekend. On Saturday, the Palm Beach Cardinals challenge the Dunedin Blue Jays at 6:30 p.m. Before the game, children will enjoy a host of activities and, after the game, fans will enjoy a free, live concert with Across the Universe, a Beatles tribute band. On Sunday, the Palm Beach Cardinals compete once more against the Blue Jays at 6:30 p.m. Following the game, patrons will enjoy crooners JP Soars and the Red Hots, a blues focused band that plays a wide range of music genres. The evening will conclude with a spectacular firework show at the stadium. Advance tickets can be purchased via Roger Dean Stadium.
The Village of North Palm Beach returns to its traditional, family-friendly Fourth of July celebration at the Country Club of North Palm Beach. Like years past, guests may bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and spread out along the meticulous greenbelt. The popular firework show, which is synchronized to patriotic music, begins at 9 p.m. Prior to the show, guests may want to mingle at the new open air restaurant and bar, Farmers Table. This local, farm-to-table restaurant serves a variety of delicious food and creative libations.
The ever popular 4th on Flagler returns to West Palm Beach this year and promises to be an unforgettable evening. The free event is from 7 to 10 p.m. and includes live music, street entertainment, and food trucks. There will be a live show at the Centennial Fountain, live band on the NewDay USA Stage, and a DJ mixing records at Post Park. Supercar Week will showcase model cars along Flagler Drive, and the Bill Bone 5K run will precede the event. After remarks from Mayor James and a patriotic tribute to hometown heroes, the sensational firework show will commence at 9 p.m. If unable to make the event, the WPBF 25 will broadcast and live stream the show.
Known for its prestigious polo grounds and equestrian facilities, Wellington plans to hold its own patriotic party this year. The day begins at noon with a pool party, contests, and activities at the superior Wellington Aquatics Complex. After the pool party concludes at 5 pm, residents can mosey over to Village Park for a 4th of July Celebration. The free event begins at 6 p.m. and features live music, entertainment, activities, and fireworks (9:15 p.m.).
Whether celebrating at one of these fantastic events or with close family in your own backyard, take time to wish America a very happy birthday. After the horrendous year of Covid, she deserves to be recognized for her ingenuity, spirit, bravery, and perseverance. Perhaps Harry Truman sums it up best: “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” Let’s give her the glory she deserves.
Happy Fourth of July from the NV Family!