This Independence Day, there are plenty of ways to show off your patriotic spirit. Pull on your favorite red, white, and blue ensemble and head over to one of these freedom-imbued celebrations, sales, and culinary happenings.
What: Red, White, and Blues
Where: Boston’s on the Beach, 40 South Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach
When: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
$$$: $43 per person, $20 for children age 12 and younger
411: You’re not a big fan of waiting in line. Fortunately, the oceanfront hot spot Boston’s on the Beach is ready to make you into a foodie line lover with its annual, all-you-can-eat buffet featuring honey barbecue pork ribs, citrus-roasted chicken, Black Angus burgers, shrimp jambalaya, six delicious sides, and housemade desserts. Craft cocktail connoisseurs will riot for The Patriot, a colorful blend of hand-mixed vodka, muddled strawberries, and lemon and lime juices, finished with a splash of Blue Curaçao. Live blues music kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with the Blue Tuesday All Stars, followed by the Albert Castiglia Band at 8 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. (561-278-3364, bostonsonthebeach.com)
What: Independence Day Happenings
Where: West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Delray Beach
When: Times vary
411: Americans love to have the proverbial blast. Here are a trio of bombastic blow-ups featuring food, festive activities, and, of course, fireworks!
Head to the bustling Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach for 4th on Flagler, the county’s biggest patriotic homage. Highlights include live performances by Making Faces, Grayson Rogers, and others; family-friendly activities like bowling and human foosball; a military honor ceremony; a DJ dance party; and an 18-minute fireworks display. (561-822-1515, wpb.org/4th)
Get ready to go wild at the Fabulous Fourth event at Countess de Hoernle Park in Boca Raton. Before the breathtaking fireworks finale, there will be carnival-style rides like the “Stars & Stripes,” a seismic, 110-foot slide; a rock and roll concert by the All-Star Band; and food trucks and creative, festival-inspired fare. Complimentary shuttle service runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. (561-393-7995, myboca.us)
If you thought we’d forget the beachside July 4th Celebration in Delray Beach, think again! Nestled along A1A and Atlantic Avenue, this alfresco extravaganza features sandcastle-building contests; miniature golf courses; a 60-foot, American flag-raising ceremony; musical performances by Aaron Carter and the indie pop band, AJR; and more. If you’re peddling to the event, complimentary Bicycle Valet bike racks will be available. If you’re nearby the next day, stop by the Day-After Beach Cleanup from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (561-573-8287, julyfourthdelraybeach.com)
What: Macy’s Fourth of July Sale
Where: The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens
When: Now through July 4
$$$: As much as your wallet can handle!
411: There are a few things we wait all year long for: holiday gifts, birthday cake, and the Macy’s Fourth of July Sale. Sure, online shopping is fun but it doesn’t compare to the excitement that comes from hunting through racks of amazing designer brands like Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Calvin Klein. Need a chic, new satchel? Lightweight, summer bedding? A blender for fruit smoothies? Check, check, and check. And while the storewide sale features deep discounts on regular priced items, there’s also a whopping extra 25%-70% off on clearance items. Don’t miss the live telecast of Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular starting at 8 p.m. (EST) on NBC. (561-775-2200, macys.com)