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8 Things To Do On The Fourth Of July In Fort Lauderdale

It’s time to throw on some red, white and blue to celebrate America’s 242nd Independence Day. On July 4, a host of activities will pop up across Broward County, from a private fireworks viewing party on the 33rd floor of the Diplomat Beach Resort, to hot dog and apple pie eating contests, $10 cheeseburgers and all-day music, entertainment and fireworks shows.

Here are our eight favorite Fourth of July events happening around town:

Fort Lauderdale Beach Fourth of July Spectacular

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with live bands, a kids zone, beach games, contests and a dazzling fireworks display. From noon to 9:30 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, activities will include bounce houses, water slides, face painting and hot dog and apple pie eating contests. Stick around until 9 p.m. for a massive fireworks show.

A1A and Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Beach; fortlauderdale.gov

Beach House Pompano

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Look out at uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean at Beach House Pompano’s rooftop terrace and indulge in an expansive buffet spread filled with grilled favorites at the restaurant’s Fourth of July party. Guests will also enjoy a cash bar, a DJ and prize giveaways. Tickets will be sold at the door for $125 for adults and $75 for children.

270 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954.607.6530; beachhousepompano.com

Terra Mare

Stars, stripes and sea! Terra Mare will be serving happy hour specials all day long, featuring a range of land and sea dishes for $10 and under. Highlights include ropa vieja empanadas, charcuterie, pork belly buns and crispy calamari. Happy hour also includes $5 beers and $8 wines by the glass, or cold-pressed juice cocktails such as the Terra Collins, made with Hendrick’s Gin, cucumber, lime juice and simple syrup. Take a seat on the patio for a view of Fort Lauderdale Beach’s fireworks show or cool off inside the main dining room.

551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.5160; terramarefl.com

Diplomat Beach Resort

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In Hollywood, the Diplomat will host a number of activities during the holiday. For $45, enjoy unlimited draft beer from Budweiser (Bud and Bud Light), along with a la carte barbecue smoked in-house and live music from noon to 6 p.m. On the 33rd floor, enjoy a private fireworks viewing party with an open bar at 9 p.m. for $100 per person.

3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; 954.602.6000; diplomatresort.com

Tap 42

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All locations, including Fort Lauderdale, will host a red, white and blue brunch to celebrate America’s birthday. Indulge in Tap 42 classics such as the Hangover Sandwich layered with a sunny side up egg, smashed avocado, hash browns, crispy bacon, white cheddar and truffle aioli on a toasted challah bun. Sip on bottomless bloody marys, mimosas and Funky Buddha beer, too. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.463.4900; tap42.com

Margaritaville Beach Resort

Equipped with some of the best firework views in Broward County, the resort is gearing up for a Great American Summer Fourth of July bash. At noon, DJ Blix will kick off the party at the resort’s LandShark Bar and Grill, which will offer its regular menu of beach snacks. By 5 p.m., a number of artists will perform at the Hollywood Beach Bandshell, leading up to a fireworks show at 9 p.m.

1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; 954.874.4444; margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com

ROK:BRGR

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What’s more American than eating a burger on the Fourth of July? ROK:BRGR will be serving its $10 classic American cheeseburger drizzled with special sauce all day at each of its locations.

600 Silks Run, Ste. 1210, Hallandale Beach; 954.367.3970; rokbrgr.com

208 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.525.7656; rokbrger.com

Sky Bar at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa

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Just in time for Independence Day, the Atlantic Hotel’s Sky Bar will debut on July 4, with a traditional American clam bake and a fireworks viewing party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Located on the fifth floor with unobstructed ocean views, menu highlights include steamed clams, sautéed snapper, Maine lobster and beef sirloin paired with apple pie, strawberry shortcake and themed cocktails, such as watermelon lemonade and blue margaritas. Tickets, which can be purchased online, cost $59 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under.


601 N. Fort Lauderdale Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Beach; 954-567-8070; atlantichotelfl.com/dine-atlantic

 

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Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi Offering $5 Tickets For Fourth Of July

It’s no secret that residents will be flocking to Fort Lauderdale Beach on July 4, to enjoy the ocean views and the fireworks show.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of driving and finding parking on Independence Day, consider the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi. 

The Water Taxi will be doing a special express shuttle to Fort Lauderdale Beach all day for $5 per person, and $2 for seniors.

Service will start at 10 a.m. from Water Taxi Stop R2 (in front of Briny Irish Pub). There is a parking garage on the property. 

The last boat returning to Briny Irish Pub will leave from the beach at 11 p.m.

Note that the special shuttle service is only running from the restaurant to the beach and back. The $5 ticket does not include regular Water Taxi routes or service.

Tickets will be available for purchase on board or at watertaxi.com.

Briny Irish Pub is located at 4 West Las Olas Boulevard.

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Fourth of July in South Florida: Must-Attend Events and Things to Do

America turns 241 this year, and restaurants, hotels and more are celebrating all over South Florida. We’ve gathered a list of Fourth of July events for you to enjoy. Put on your red, white and blue and start chanting, “U-S-A.”

Fort Lauderdale

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

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Fort Lauderdale’s boutique oceanfront property will host a two-part Fourth of July celebration. Happy hour at the pool bar will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by an American barbecue from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring a live DJ. Both festivities will be held at the hotel’s Oceanfront Terrace on the fifth floor, offering guests views of Fort Lauderdale Beach and a prime spot to catch the fireworks show at 9 p.m. Reservations required. 

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.567.8020; atlantichotelfl.com

B Square Burger and Booze

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This hot burger spot will be throwing a Fourth of July Lobster Bake, available June 30 to July 4, featuring fresh seafood including 1.25-pound lobsters, clams and shrimp with potatoes and corn on the cob. In addition, B Square offers American classics like its gourmet burgers and hot dogs.

1021 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.999.5216; bsquareburger.com

The Salty Siren at B Ocean Resort

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The Salty Siren is throwing a Red, White & Blue Bash pool party from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 2. The event will feature sounds by house DJ Robbie Rivera of Juicy Music, along with fresh barbecue, beachside cabanas and mixed drinks. Tickets are $13 and are available for purchase here.

1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.564.1000; bhotelsandresorts.com

North Beach Village Resort

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North Beach Village Resort is holding a Fourth of July Street Festival on July 4 at Village Design. There will be a grill-out by the Village Café featuring classic American fare, live entertainment and local designers and vendors. The area also provides a prime viewing spot for the Fort Lauderdale beach fireworks show. 

 3016 Windamar St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.565.5790; northbeachvillageresort.com

L Bar at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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The L Bar brings the Fourth of July party indoors with its one-day-only drink special: a handcrafted Apple Pie Punch made with St. Pete’s Spiced Rum, Laird’s AppleJack Brandy, apple cider, sugar syrup, cinnamon, soda water and garnished with orange, apple and lime slices. Good news if you're feeling extra lucky on America's birthday—L Bar is steps away from the hotel’s casino floor.

1 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale; 866.502.7529; seminolehardrock.com

Miami Area

Turnberry Isle Miami

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Celebrate America’s 241st birthday with a tropical breeze and Aventura’s fireworks show at Turnberry Isle Miami. Locals and hotel guests are welcome to enjoy live music and American barbecue on the hotel’s award-winning golf course from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gourmet food trucks will be available alongside unlimited beer, wine, iced tea and lemonade. 

19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura; 305.932.6200; turnberryislemiami.com

Gulfstream Park

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Gulfstream Park is celebrating all night on July Fourth with family-friendly activities, giveaways and fireworks, in addition to Thoroughbred horse racing. Kid Zone Fun activities will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with temporary tattoos, face painting, a magician and a coloring station in the Champions Plaza. A DJ will play live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. as free Fourth of July swag will be given out in the Walking Ring. Stay for The Grucci Fireworks Show at 9:30 p.m. in the Grandstand area next to the racetrack. 

901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach; 954.454.7000; gulfstreampark.com

Artisan Beach House at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour

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The Artisan Beach House is inviting guests to experience the ultimate VIP Fourth of July soirée. For $150 per person, guests will enjoy the restaurant’s waterfront terrace with front row views of the fireworks show, passed appetizers, choice of entrée, open bar and bottle services from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are required. 

10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305.455.5400; ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/miami/bal-harbour

Palm Beach County 

BBQ, Brews & Blues

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The West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is kicking off the Fourth of July weekend with its fourth annual BBQ, Brews & Blues event in the city’s Historic Northwest District. The event will take place July 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature local barbecue vendors offering pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, chicken and more. A group of soulful blues musicians will be playing throughout the event on Rosemary Avenue, three blocks north of Clematis Street. 

Historic Northwest District, West Palm Beach; 561.822.1550; wpb.org/cra

TooJay’s

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If you’re looking for an alternative to spending your holiday behind the grill, TooJay’s is the answer to your prayers. The restaurant, known for its homemade, New York-deli favorites, is offering guests $5 off any $20 purchase of dine-in, take-out, catering and desserts from June 30 to July 4. Special menu items for the holiday include the BBQ Burger (a half-pound patty topped with smokehouse bacon, American cheese, smoky barbecue sauce and a crispy onion ring), the Hickory Chicken Sandwich and the BBQ Chicken Salad. Print or show this coupon to receive the discount. Large catering orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. 

4050 U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter; 561.627.5555; toojays.com

11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens; 561.622.8131; toojays.com

Pistache French Bistro

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This French restaurant will transform into a sea of red, white and blue to celebrate America’s birthday. The Independence Day event will feature the West Palm Beach fireworks show, New Orleans barbecue shrimp and grits, braised brisket and blackened mahi mahi. Save room for dessert with old-fashioned carrot cake and apple pie. 

101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561.833.5090; pistachewpb.com

The Butcher Shop

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The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill team will be grilling up on their lawn all weekend long for its Fourth of July Weekend Backyard BBQ event. Beer specials will run throughout the weekend, kicking off with Magic Hat Brewing Co. bucket specials on Friday night and live music featuring Chase Stite on Sunday. 

209 Sixth St., West Palm Beach; 561.812.2336; butchershopwpb.com

The Cooper

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The rustic, farm-to-fork restaurant The Cooper will be celebrating the holiday with classic cocktails, desserts and comfort food, including fried green tomatoes, peach salad, barbecued St. Louis-style ribs, New England clambake, Key lime pie and carrot cake in a jar. The regular dinner menu will also be available.

4610 PGA Blvd., Ste. 100, Palm Beach Gardens; 561.622.0032; thecooperrestaurant.com

5 Fourth Of July Cocktails That Will Get You Into The Patriotic Spirit

Fireworks are the perfect way to culminate the Fourth of July, but all good Americans know that any good celebration starts with a wide assortment of food and drinks. 

We’ll leave the cooking up to the pros—restaurants around Fort Lauderdale are always offering good grub—but there’s no reason not to kick off the holiday with a few festive cocktails.

Here are some red, white and blue libations to put a little spark in your step. 

1. Red, White and Blue Margaritas 

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For the recipe, visit Gimme Some Oven 

 

2. Red, White and Blue Sangria

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For the recipe, visit Noble Pig 

 

3. Blueberry Coconut Sparkler 

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For the recipe, visit Spiced Blog

 

4. Red, White and Blue Wine Spritzer

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For the recipe, visit Pretty Plain Janes

 

5. Strawberry Moscow Mules 

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For the recipe, visit Bites of Bri 

 

And in case you want an alcohol-free option...

Frozen Triple Berry Smoothie 

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For the recipe, visit In Katrina's Kitchen 

19 Places to Watch the Fireworks on July 4th

 

From village parades to citywide fireworks over the Atlantic, South Florida knows how to celebrate America’s 238th birthday. Listed are 19 events in Fort Lauderdale, Boca and beyond that celebrate our country with entertainment, grub and the traditional fireworks display.

Fort Lauderdale
“4th of July Spectacular” at A1A & Las Olas Blvd.; live music, bounce houses, face painting, beach games and contests; 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; fireworks display at 9; free admission; 954.828.5363

Hollywood
“Hollywood’s Star-Spangled Fourth of July Celebration” at Hollywood Beach Boardwalk; food will be for sale on the Boardwalk at Johnson Street and Harry Berry Park; 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; free admission; children’s activities from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and fireworks display at 9 p.m.; 954.921.3404

Pompano Beach
“July 4th Beach Bash Extravaganza” at Pompano Beach Blvd.; live music, DJ, arts and crafts, antique car show, food trucks and more; noon to 9 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m.; 954.786.4111

Aventura
“Aventura 4th of July Fireworks” at Country Club Drives, Aventura 33180; aerial display at 9 p.m.; 305.466.8930

Boca
“Fabulous Fourth Celebration” at Spanish River Athletics Facilities at de Hoernle Park, 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd.; 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Live band at 7, and fireworks at 9. Free trolley service will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m.; free admission; 561.393.7995

Delray Beach
“Independence Day City Celebration” at A1A at E. Atlantic Ave.; activities for children, adult beer garden, eating contests, mini putt-putt, food vendors, live music and more; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m.; 561.914.6224

Boynton Beach
“Fishing for Fireworks” at Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; free admission; free parking and shuttle services from Boynton Beach High School and City Hall parking lot; Boynton-beach.org; 561.742.6220

“4th of July Fun with the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center” at Intracoastal Park; front row seats to a firework display, barbeque dinner, live music and outdoors activities; 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for kids; buy tickets online at schoolhousemuseum.org; 561.742.6780

Key Biscayne
“America’s Birthday Bash” 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; food beverages, Samual Adams Beer Garden, fireworks and live music; 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; free admission; 305.358.7550

“Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade” at 55th Annual Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade; south on Crandon Blvd., from Harbor Drive to West Enid; 11 a.m. info@kb4.org; 305.361.8557

Miami
“Coca-Cola Presents Miami Beach Fire on Fourth Festival” at North Shore Bandshell, Collins Ave. and 73rd St.; food trucks, free entertainment, live music and more; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; fireworks at 9; 305.673.7000

Coconut Grove
“4th of July Picnic and Fireworks Celebration at Peacock Park” 2820 McFarlane Road; activities including The Barnacle’s Old-Fashioned Picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and CocoWalk’s 6th Annual Independence Day Hot Dog Eating Competition a 5 p.m.; all-day festivities from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; free admission; coconutgrove.com

Greenacres
“Ignite the Night” at Greenacres Community Park, 2905 Jog Road; food, rides games, live entertainment and a fireworks display; 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; free admission; 561.642.2090

West Palm Beach
“4th on Flagler” on West Palm Beach Waterfront; touted as the largest fireworks show in South Florida with entertainment, kids crafts, food vendors, military honor ceremony; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; free; 561.822.2222

Wellington
“Fourth of July Celebration” pool party at Wellington Auquatics Complex, 12150 Forest Hill Blvd.; live entertainment, games, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, bounce houses, food vendors and more; regular pool entry fees; noon to 5 p.m.; 561.791.4005

Riviera Beach
 “4th of July Pig Roast Fireworks Extravaganza Cruise” on a Majestic Princess cruise; three-hour cruise on the Intracoastal with a pig roast, live entertainment, fireworks display at downtown Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; ages 18+; $59/person; 561.254.0424

North Palm Beach
“Annual Red, White & Boom” at North Palm Beach Country Club; live entertainment and games at NPB pool; fireworks over NPB golf course at 9 p.m.

Palm Beach Gardens
“July 4th Splash” at Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Complex, 4404 Burns Road; features new slide, a rock climbing wall, games and hourly giveaways; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $3/residents, $10/non-residents; 561.630.1100

Jupiter
“Jupiter’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July at Jupiter” at Abacoa Town Center and Roger Dean Stadium, Mainstreet, Town Center Drive; live music, food, kid’s activities, American-made car show, Jupiter Police Ceremony and fireworks; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; free admission; 954.817.9214

6 South Florida spots to watch fireworks from your boat on July 4th

Miami

At Bayfront Park, about 200 boaters will anchor for the fireworks display from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. If you’re closer to Bal Harbour, anchor off south jetty of Bakers Haulover Inlet for the fireworks shown from 9 p.m. to 9:25 p.m.

Delray Beach
Right off Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, fireworks will light up the sky from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Boynton Beach
Anchor near Ocean Inlet Park in the Intracoastal Waterway for a fireworks display from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

West Palm Beach
Anchor your boat near the West Palm Beach waterfront, closest to the southern causeway park on Palm Beach, for a 9 p.m. fireworks display.

Stuart
Dock your boat at Flagler Park or anchor in the St. Lucie River downstream from the Roosevelt Bridge for the fireworks to go off at 9 p.m.

Fort Pierce
At approximately 9 p.m. a fireworks display will be visible from the Indian River Lagoon.