Fourth of July 2013: Where to Watch Fireworks in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Deerfield, Delray, Lake Worth, and West Palm Beach

Categories: Broward News

Still unsure about your Independence Day plans?

Doesn't really matter how you spend it -- so long as it includes a shot of fireworks at the end.

Here's a synopsis of what's available in the Broward and Palm Beach areas.

Most of the events are free.

See also:
- Five Best Fourth of July Parties in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach

- Fourth of July in South Florida: Where to Eat and Drink in Broward and Palm Beach

West Palm Beach 4th on Flagler
Take part in a free celebration of the last 25 years with live entertainment and fireworks over the West Palm Beach Waterfront. The Meyer Amphitheatre will be pumping and nearby, there will be a DJ Dance Party. If that's not enough, take a look at some exquisite Harleys at the "Ride Them Hogs" motorcycle display or entertain yourself with the Wild West Mini Rodeo. The party offers something for all ages, as the children have their own 'Fountain of Youth' area. The Lake Pavilion will be hosting 'Club 4th,' for those 21 and over willing to buy a ticket. The air conditioned pavilion will be hopping with the latest hits as the DJ spins on the ones-and-twos. It also offers the premier spot for the night's firework finale. The "largest fireworks display in South Florida" will consist of 16-minutes of nonstop fireworks over the backdrop of the biggest musical hits from the '80s to today. All festivities begin at 5 p.m.

Delray Beach
Delray has an entire day of events planned on A1A and East Atlantic Avenue for its July 4th Extravaganza. Festivities begin bright an early with an 8 a.m. sand sculpting contest, which ends at noon. A 60-foot flag will be raised at 3 p.m. over Atlantic Avenue, followed by a live musical performance and a volleyball match. Live music, mini golf, photo booths and chalk art will all be available to those in attendance, leading up to a beachside firework show scheduled for 9 p.m. Get there early, as East Atlantic Avenue will be closed to traffic from 2 p.m. till midnight.

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I'm surprised there is no best of place to watch fireworks.  One year, there was a post somewhere saying that Gulfstream had spent the most in fireworks that year and promised the most spectacular show.  I want to know, who spent the most (although if the fireworks are all used in the beginning or are giant smoke cloud in the end, most money isn't always best) and where is the best vantage point.  If someone spends the most but the area is all lit up or the display is far away, it's not the best vantage point.  I went to one mediocre show, and I just wish that there were articles each year on this!!!

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