How To Celebrate Fourth Of July In Fort Lauderdale All Weekend Long
The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, which means we have an extended weekend to celebrate the U.S. of A’s birthday in the most epic ways possible. Luckily, Fort Lauderdale spots have lined up tons of events to keep the patriotic party going for three days strong.
From family-friendly street fairs to adults-only night cruises, here is our guide to celebrating the Fourth of July in Fort Lauderdale.
Kick off the festivities a day early.
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is presenting a world-class fireworks show choreographed by Grucci of New York at 9 p.m. on July 3. This is not your average fireworks show. The display marries music with fireworks—22 minutes of them, broken down into three distinct scenes. Get there early to grab a good spot, as the viewing area opens at 8 p.m. (In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks show will be moved to July 4 at 9 p.m.)
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek; 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek
America’s Backyard (appropriately named for the occasion) is hosting a Red, White and Sailor Blue Party ahead of Independence Day. On July 3, there will be country music and giveaways. Party-goers who come wearing patriotic colors get a complimentary Sailor Jerry cocktail. Doors open at 7 p.m.
America’s Backyard; 100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Start the Fourth off with a swim.
Caporella Aquatic Complex in Tamarac is holding a daytime All-American Swim Party from noon to 4 p.m. on July 4 with a DJ, games, prizes and more. It’s $4 for adults or $3.50 for kids 17 and under.
Caporella Aquatic Complex; 9300 SW 58th St., Tamarac
Day drink at the local brewery.
Funky Buddha is releasing 4-packs of Blueberry Cobbler Ale when it opens early on July 4 at 9 a.m. They’ll also have a wide selection of beer on tap to fill 32 oz. and 64 oz. growlers, plus merchandise deals on items including Funky Buddha-branded sunglasses and koozies. Diablo Dog hot dog stand will be out front.
Funk Buddha Brewery; 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park
Check out a street or outdoor festival.
Face painting, balloon artists, stilt walkers and jugglers are coming to North Bay Village on July 4. Just south of the Bonnet House, the Plaza Bistro is hosting a Fourth of July Village Street Festival as a free family event from 5 to 9 p.m. (Then that’s when the fireworks begin.) Munch on supreme nachos and mini apple pies from a food truck, or buy other food and drinks from Plaza Bistro until 11 p.m.
Plaza Bistro; 2900 Belmar St., Fort Lauderdale
Tamarac’s All-American Celebration will feature a free outdoor concert, arts and crafts, rides, games, and food trucks. Find Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross, and you can snap your picture with them. The fireworks display begins at 9 p.m.
Tamarac Sports Complex; 9901 NW 77th St., Tamarac
Set sail on a cruise.
The best place to watch fireworks is from the water itself. Fort Lauderdale Riverfront Cruise is hosting a patriotic party—complete with cocktails and snacks—on board the vessel. Boarding begins at 7:15 p.m., and the cruise departs at 7:30 p.m. Expect to return by 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 4-16, and $2 for the younger ones.
The Liberty Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat is also hosting a family-friendly fireworks cruise departing from Pier 66 at 6:30 p.m. It runs until 9:30 p.m. and includes dinner, an open bar and DJ. Dinner will feature all-American essentials: fried chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad and apple pie. It’s $65 for adults, $30 for children ages 4-16, and $2 for kids under 4.
To live the life of luxury, opt for Windridge Yachts’ Lady Windridge. At $129.90 per adult (no one under 21 is allowed on this cruise), guests can enjoy the premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and a dinner buffet—plus the DJ. For $60 more, you can also reserve a table by the window for your party. The yacht departs from Tranquility Marina at 7 p.m. and returns at 11 p.m.
Enjoy some sweet treats and even sweeter views.
Steak 954’s outdoor terrace is an ideal spot to watch fireworks in Fort Lauderdale. To help you celebrate America’s birthday, pastry chef Sarah Magoon will be preparing two signature desserts. Try the peach cobbler with sweet corn ice cream, or a root beer float with Capt’n Eli’s Root Beer, vanilla ice cream and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. (Want it spiked? Add a shot of rum or bourbon for $4.) Also featured on the regular dessert menu are a unique key lime baked Alaska and a trio of ice cream sandwiches.
Steak 954; W Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Party all night long.
Unity Church in Wilton Manors is hosting a Little Miss Independence Day Spectacular featuring live music, drag queens and surprise guests. There will be a barbecue, cocktails, a show and fireworks. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $40 for the evening.
Unity Church of Fort Lauderdale; 1501 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors
At BalQony, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort’s SoBe-style terrace lounge, reserve a private cabana and celebrate the Fourth of July with a stellar view. A DJ will be spinning, there will be patriotic drink specials, and everyone can partake in a complimentary champagne toast once the fireworks begin. Rates start at $250.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort; 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Do it all over again the next day.
S3 Restaurant, also at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, is hosting a good ol’ American barbecue on Sunday, July 5. For $28.95 per person, enjoy a pig roast plus sides. It starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until the food is gone. The regular Sunday brunch menu will also be served.
S3 Restaurant; 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
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