So, you are probably reading this, hoping that I can help you find a more exciting place to be on July 4th than your living room listening to your neighbor’s kids shooting off a non-stop barrage of fireworks, right? If you are like me, you will follow the sound of the guitar over the blasts of fire crackers, so I’ll do my best to summarize some of what’s going on in the area of live music this coming Thursday, July 4th, working my way down from Delray Beach to Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida.
First, you’ll want to know where the big outdoor events are taking place which include live music followed by Fireworks, so here’s what I have found so far…
Delray Beach: Festivities will start at noon with sand sculpting on the beach followed by a 60 foot flag raising over Atlantic Avenue and live music by Mixtura Band at 3pm. From 4 to 6, watch extreme Volleyball (Delray Beach vs Miami Beach) followed by Son of Man Blues Band and The Long Run Eagles Tribute Band at 6:30pm. At 8:30pm, Nobodies Crew Performs and counts down to the Fireworks show at 9pm.
Boca Raton: While there was controversy over where to hold this city’s celebration, the one place that will surely have live entertainment prior to the fireworks will be the South Regional Park. The Sunset Cove Amphitheater will host one of the larger events in this city. The Shindigs will be kicking off the event at 6:30pm. The band will perform classic hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Following the concert will be a musical fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks. Several food trucks will be on site. Don’t forget to bring your picnic baskets and lawn chairs for this event. No BBQ’s, pets or personal fireworks are allowed.
Pompano Beach: The all day “Beach Bash” will span along Pompano Beach from the Fishing Pier to the Great Lawn starting at Noon with fun for the whole family. You can expect to see a watermelon eating contest, relay races, arts and crafts projects, airbrush and glitter tattoos, bounce houses, food, and, of course, live entertainment! Various food trucks will be on location from noon to 9:00pm. Local bands will begin at 2:00 p.m. including 4th Dimension, Slip & the SpinOuts, Rodeo Clowns and Sekond Nature. Following the bands, will be the gameshow “What’s The Deal?” At 9:00 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from the end of the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier.
Fort Lauderdale: Festivities will begin on the corner of A1A and Las Olas at 12:30pm with a Kids Zone, bounce houses, face painting, beach games, and contests. At 1:30pm, Lite 101.5 will present a diaper derby! The American Legion Symphonic Orchestra will provide patriotic music from 4pm-5:15pm. More live entertainment will be on stage from 5:15pm to 6:15pm and the featured band, Keep the Faith, will present a tribute to Bon Jovi at 6:45pm until 9pm, just in time for the fireworks show.
Check out the following site for a suggested list of parking lots to attend the Fort Lauderdale beach event carefree: http://eyesonnews.com/details-of-fort-lauderdale-july-4th-events/
City of Sunrise: Further inland, you will find a spectacular show at the BB&T center in Sunrise. South Florida band Making Faces will kick off the evening’s live music lineup at 6pm, followed by Grammy Award-winning alternative rockers Soul Asylum. A family fun zone with Bounce Houses, Games, Face Painters, Jugglers, etc will be on-hand to entertain the kids. Food trucks, including Joji Yogurt, Big Belly’s Deli, Best French Fries, Slow Food Truck, Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ and Kona Ice will feed your hunger. Lawn chairs and umbrellas will be permitted in the parking areas so you can sit back and enjoy the fireworks to top off this annual event.
A good source of information of other local events around Broward County can be found at http://www.sunny.org/july4/
A great source for festivities at local pubs and restaurants can be found on the calendar page of www.weekendbroward.com