2014-07-03 / Arts & Entertainment News

A star-spangled weekend of Independence Day events

West Palm Beach

¦ 4th on Flagler — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Waterfront Commons, Clematis St. & S. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach. Theme: ‘This 4th was Made for You and Me: Celebrating great moments and places in America.’ One of the largest fireworks displays in South Florida, photo ops, a 640-pound cheese sculpture of Mount Rushmore, a firefighters ‘Splash–and–Dash’ competition and kids’ activities. Free. Info: 822-2222; wpb.org/4th-on-flagler/.

Friday, 4th on Flagler, from 5 to 10 p.m. Free admission. West Palm Beach waterfront.

More than 100,000 guests are expected to attend the celebration:

Live Music: Two stages of nonstop entertainment featuring National recording artists The Lost Trailers and Ryan Star will perform at the Meyer Amphitheatre.

Fireworks: 16-minute fireworks display featuring dazzling pyrotechnics set to top music hits, illuminating the sky over the Intracoastal Waterway.

United State of Arts presented by Alex and Ani: Murals made from dirt on cars, sidewalk chalk art and a barber that creates works of art in people’s hair. Local artists will create “spirit poles,” large signage reflecting a patriotic theme to be displayed at the event. Award-winning Daniel Pontet will perform ‘Impulse Art,’ creating paintings with his feet inspired by live music.

Club 4th: The private, 21 and up party at the Lake Pavilion. The space is complete with air conditioning (crucial in July!), decadent dinner from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, two complimentary drinks plus a private bar and a prime spot to view the fireworks! Tickets to Club 4th are just $25 and are now on sale at Club4thtickets.com.

Tradition: Military salute for all branches and the unfurling of the giant 5-story American flag on the side of the Esplanade Grande building.

Family Fun: A 9-hole Patriotic Putt- Putt course on the Waterfront for just $5 a round (with a $2.50 club deposit refunded at end’s game), an interactive kid’s area and more. Open daily through July 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. with closing day hours on July 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: West Palm Beach Waterfront, 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach

Saturday, July 5

¦ Northwest’s Taste of the South BBQ & Brew from 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission. Get an authentic taste of the South at this outdoor barbecue two blocks north of Banyan Boulevard in downtown West Palm Beach. For $5, guests receive samplings from vendors serving up Southern-style barbecue. Kids can cool off with water games. Live music from blues and R&B bands.

¦ Northwood Village’s Star Spangled Jubilee from 6 to 10 p.m. Free admission. An eclectic evening of art and tradition. With live music and activities for artists of all ages.

Sunday, July 6

¦ Red, White & Brunch Fore $25,000!, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost per activity varies. Discounted rates on water activities from Visit Palm Beach. Plus, there’s $25,000 up for grabs in a floating hole-in-one golf hole contest.

¦ Banana Boat Rides — Enjoy a 10-minute thrill ride on a 12-seat banana boat pulled by a Jet Ski through the tropical waters. Cost is $15 per person.

¦ Catamaran lunch/brunch — The 30-minute trip includes a hot dog, chips, watermelon and lemonade. Cost is $15 per person. Sail times: 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m.

¦ Jet Ski rentals — Cost: $50 per hour

¦ Paddleboard rentals — Cost: $10 per hour, $50 per day

¦ Kayak rentals — Cost: $10 per hour, $50 per day Call 888-PB-IS-FUN to reserve your spot.

Call 822-1515 or visit PalmBeachFl. com/July4.

Other municipalities

¦ Red, White & Boom — Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy fireworks. Music by OPM, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., North Palm Beach Country Club, 951 N. U.S. 1, North Palm Beach; village-npb.org.

¦ Fourth of July Tropicfest — The city of Lake Worth’s Independence Day bash will have music, a car show, waterslides and other family fun starting at 11:30 a.m. with the Great American Raft Race. Other festivities begin at 1 p.m. at Bryant Park. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., followed by a laser light show at 9:30 p.m. Info: lakeworth.org/events.

¦ Clear Channel’s Fourth of July — 4 p.m., Abacoa Amphitheatre in Abacoa Town Center, Jupiter. An opening ceremony, color guard presentation, hot dog eating contest, food, children’s activities and The Surf Boys perform a tribute to the All-American treasure The Beach Boys, at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. at Roger Dean Stadium. Info: Most activities at the 4th of July All-American Celebration event at the amphitheater are free. Info: 427-0500; playabacoa.com.

¦ Lantana’s Fourth of July Celebration and Chili Cookoff — 6 to 10 p.m., Bicentennial Park, 321 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana. Live music by the Mighty Quinn Band, most patriotic baby contest, fireworks at 9:10 pm. Park at K-Mart and take the trolley from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Chili tasting wristbands are $5. Info: 585-8664.

Other events

¦ Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society will host a Red, White & Zoo patriotic weekend. The zoo is at 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. For more information, visit palmbeachzoo.org. Here are highlights:

Red, White & Zoo BBQ — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4 —An All-American 4th of July BBQ offers grilled food items for sale in the Interactive Play Fountain from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Zoo admission prices do not include BBQ food.

Safari Nights: “Fourth of July” theme — 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 4 — Guests can enjoy a kid-friendly DJ and dance party in the Fountain Plaza, face painting, up-close animal encounters, meet ’n’ greets with the ZooCrew’s characters, and kids crafts in the Florida Pioneer House. Admission: Adult nonmembers (13 and older) $15.95, child nonmembers (ages 3 through 12) $9.95, Palm Beach Zoo members and children under 3 are free.

Independence Day Weekend at the Zoo: Patriotic Wild Things Presentation — Noon each day; American Flag Colors Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4-6 — Find out which Zoo animals are the colors of Old Glory. The Patriotic Wild Things Presentation will be at noon each day, and the American Flag Colors Scavenger Hunt will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4-6.

Roar & Pour: The Surfin’ Tones — 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. July 5 — All-American beach music from The Surfin’ Tones, food, and drink service with special red, white and blue cocktails in the zoo’s Fountain Plaza, and the party goes until 9:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring folding chairs. Admission: Adult non-member (13 and older) $15.95, adult member (13 and older) $9, child nonmember (ages 3 through 12) $9.95, child member (ages 3 through 12) $5; children under 3 are free. Admission prices start at 4:30 p.m. Food and drinks are not included in the cost of admission.

¦ Palm Beach Kennel Club — Highlights include free admission and a Trackside BBQ at noon. Rena Montero Mask of the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches will perform the national anthem at 12:30 p.m., and there will be drink specials. ESPN Radio 106.3 FM’s J-Mart will offer giveaways, sporting tickets and more (in front of first-floor Poker Room, 12:30 p.m-2:30 p.m.). There will be 15 Superfecta races, and balloon artist Karl Koppertop and Ace The Bear will entertain kids from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be cash drawings, and representatives from Awesome Greyhound Adoptions will be there. It’s at 1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach; 683- 2222 or pbkennelclub.com. ¦

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