fireworks_web.jpgThursday, 4th of July – Independance Day Best Bets

Fire on the Fourth Miami Beach: Things heat up at Miami Beach’s Independence Day celebration, which includes a free live concert by jazz princess Nicole Henry at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Free shuttles will run from North Beach to South Beach from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

The buses leave from 72nd Street and Collins Avenue and 81 Street and Collins Avenue and disembark at 11th Street and Washington Avenue to the North Beach stops between 10 – 11 p.m. Visit

Fort Lauderdale Fourth Spectacular: Free all-day celebration on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, with family activities and contests 1 – 4:30 p.m.; live music and entertainment 4 – 9 p.m.; and 9 p.m. fireworks show. Visit or call 954-828-5363.
4th on Flagler: Live music, fun activities and fireworks at the annual celebration, 5-10 p.m. along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. Call 561-822-2222.

Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks: In one of the Keys’ largest and longest fireworks displays, crowds gather in Marathon for a patriotic parade that begins around 10:30 a.m. and proceeds from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road, MM 50 oceanside, to Sombrero Beach. An all-day celebration there featuring food, drink, and family-friendly entertainment concludes with a fireworks show. Call 305-743-5417.

Fireworks at Vista View: Vista Park stays open until 10 p.m. to
allow visitors to view fireworks from Davie, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise, and possibly Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, depending on conditions. The park at 4001 S.W. 142nd Ave., Davie, opens at 8 a.m., most shows are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Call 954-357-8898.

Opa-locka Independence Day Celebration: Food, fireworks and fun for the entire family featuring Kenny Quintero, Brisco, Rox La Rusa, Unselfish, DJ Africa, Jayquan, Yohan Manuel, Orquesta Brava and more, 2 -10 p.m. at Sherbondy Village Park, 215 Perviz Ave. Call 305-688-4611.

Delray Beach Celebration & Fireworks: The Delray Beach July Fourth Celebration will offer hours of live entertainment on Ocean Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue beginning at 3 p.m. and ending with an audience-wowing pyrotechnic display at 9 p.m. Vendors will offer food and merchandise and local merchants will be open. Visit

4th at Seminole Hard Rock: There will be food trucks, a zip line, rock climbing wall, football toss, a variety of live entertainment, stilt walkers, portable party unit bars, interactive games and a fireworks show, free and open to the public, 6 – 10 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Food prices per truck will vary. Call 954-797-5531.

Star Spangled Spectacular: Hollywood Beach’s annual celebration begins at Charnow Park at Garfield Street with a DJ, patriotic tattoos, music and games for children from 1 – 6 p.m. Music at the Hollywood Beach Theatre gets underway at 1 p.m. featuring Fusion Dance Band, at 7 p.m. with The Ruby Baker Band, and culminates with an offshore fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Call 954-921-3404.

Key Lime Pie Festival: Enjoy an All-American celebration of Florida’s official and one of the most tasty pies, July 4-6. Highlights include Miss Key Lime Pie and Lil’ Miss Key Lime pageants, a Pie Eating Contest and a Key Lime Pie competition. Also be the first to sample pies from contestants vying for the blue ribbon in the Conch, Amateur and Professional Divisions of the 2013 Key West Key Lime Pie Championships. Email


 Friday, July 5

Red, White & Blue Independence Party: Join First Fridays of Florida and enjoy music by DJ Radcliffe and Peter T., 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. at Grand Palms Resort, 110 Grand Palms Dr., Pembroke Pines. Call 954-333-3738 or visit

First Fridays: South Florida’s premier monthly party and social event presents The Party Zone with Gavin T and Mark Swaby and The Island Lounge with Dutty Dex, 10 p.m. at Grand Palms Resort, 110 Grand Palms Dr., Pembroke Pines. Visit

Solange in Concert: Join Beyonce’s singer-songwriter little sister and her 12-piece band at a rare concert complete with hits and songs from her new EP, True, 8:30 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Visit or

Monday, July 8

PATH Hip Hop Camp: Youth can learn scholarship, leadership, service learning and entrepreneurship, all through a hip-hop medium at the PATH Hip Hop Summer Academy, July 8 – Aug. 2. To nominate youth for a fee waiver for the materials fee, visit

Wednesday, July 10

Blue Dove Awards: The Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County will recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to residents, maintained high personal and professional ethical standards and made a positive difference in the community, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Marriott West Palm Beach, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets $25 for members, $20 for non-members. RSVP by 12 p.m. on July 9. Email
Saturday, July 13

Master Class in Modern Dance: Join renowned liturgical dance school The McIntyre Institute for a master class, 2013 Production DVD Sneak Peek Party and pre-order pickup, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Don Shula Hotel, 6842 Main St., Miami Lakes. Registration for DVD Party by July 8. Registration for the master class is $26 and must be completed by July 10. Class time varies based on age. Call 954-345-3939 or visit

Women’s Outreach Forum: All adult women are invited to join Sistah to Sistah Connection for A Mary’s Heart in a Martha’s World, 10 a.m. at El Palacio Sports Hotel and Conference Center, 21485 N.W. 27th Ave., Miami Gardens. A lunch fellowship will follow at Bahamas Breeze. Call 954-430-0544.

Super Saturday: Families touched by cancer are invited to join the Gilda’s Club of South Florida as they discuss life after cancer, look back at the journey and forwards to the future. This month’s topic is After the Storm with featured guest Paula Holland DeLong, author of What’s Next for my Life? Admission free. To RSVP, call email or call 954-763-6776.

Wolmer’s Alumni Association Annual Banquet: The South Florida Chapter invites you to enjoy guest speaker the Hon. Douglas Orane, executive chairman of Grace Kennedy Jamaica Limited; music by DJ Mark Swaby, cocktails and dinner 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel Plantation, 1230 S. Pine Island Rd. Call 954-472-2252 or visit


The Women’s Circle: The 501c(3) nonprofit organization, at 12 S.E. Fourth St. in Boynton Beach, dedicated to helping lower income women achieve financial stability, offers classes ranging from English and literacy, to computer training and typing, to sewing and knitting, all services free of charge. Call 561-244-7627