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Courtesy of the great people at the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative:

It may be hot in South Florida in July, but when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July, there’s no place cooler to be than Delray Beach, all topped off by South Florida’s hottest fireworks finale.


“Delray Beach has a reputation for a great party and people come here from all over South Florida to celebrate the Fourth of July,” said Stephanie Immelman, executive director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, which produces the celebration for the City of Delray Beach “When they get here they see first hand that it’s always cool in Delray Beach.”


Falling on a Friday this year, the July Fourth celebration is a great way to kick off a holiday weekend, with something going on for just about everyone. For complete details, please visit www.JulyFourthDelrayBeach.com.



8 a.m.        Sand-sculpting contest at the beach, also Sandtastic, a professional sand sculpting team that will be creating an American Eagle and Fireworks.


By 1 p.m.  Portions of Atlantic Avenue east of the Intracoastal Waterway and portions of State Road A1A near Atlantic Avenue will be closed.


3:30 p.m.   Flag-raising ceremony with representatives of the U.S. military.


4 p.m.        Live entertainment starts on the main stage and continues throughout the evening, including The Kinected, a four-piece hybrid rock band frequently appearing at Boston’s on the Beach, plus local favorite Mike Mineo and The Petty Hearts, a Tom Petty Tribute Band.


Plus:          A mini-golf course from Putt’n Around and The McKenna Team at Remax presents the Splash Zone, which promises to be the patriotic holiday’s biggest cool down activity.


To help visitors stay comfortable, this year’s celebration will include a “cool down” tent, complete with misters to help beat the heat or take your chances in the dunk tank. For those who want to cool down with a cool drink, Boston’s, Caffe Luna Rosa and Burger Fi are teaming up to create a beachside beer garden.


Fireworks:  The highlight of the celebration is one of South Florida’s largest and longest fireworks show, put on by Zambelli Fireworks and synchronized to music available on Wild 95.5. The 20-25 minute show will feature more than 500 unique shells that are guaranteed to produce oohs and ahs from the crowd. This year, the fireworks will be launched just north of the Marriott Delray Beach.

Be safe, have fun and enjoy!