Independence Day is quickly approach and Island Water Sports has the perfect guide for the best way to enjoy the day on our local beach. Sponsored by the Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the City of Deerfield Beach will present their annual 4th of July Celebration.
“Relax on the beach and join in the festivities as we celebrate the independence of our great nation. There will be music and vendors that will provide a variety of arts & crafts, local foods and ice-cold beverages. Don’t forget to stay for the famous Deerfield Beach fireworks show! ” -deerfield-beach.com
Dos and Don’ts
DO know where to park. The main beach parking lot will be closed on July 4th. The garage will be charging holiday rates. Metered spots will be heavily monitored. A better alternative may be to park at a designated lot West of the intracoastal. The Cove Shopping Center (1580 SE 3rd Ct.), Sullivan Park (1701 Riverview Rd.) & St. Ambrose Catholic Church (380 S Federal Hwy) will be used as overflow lots for this purpose.
DO come early and plan to stay late. The Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge will be closed to traffic from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM and for pedestrian traffic from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Complimentary shuttle service will be available starting at 11:00 AM from the overflow lots but will cease from 5:45 PM to 11:00 PM. You may catch a shuttle back from 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM only. So, once you are east of the bridge plan to stay there late.
DON’T bring fireworks. There will be no fireworks permitted on the beach, street or any of Deerfield Beach area public property. This will be strictly enforced by the Broward Sheriff’s Office and can carry some hefty fines.
NO FIREWORKS PERMITTED ON THE BEACH, STREET OR PUBLIC PROPERTY.
THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED BY THE BROWARD SHERIFF’S OFFICE
|When:||Tuesday, July 4th|
|Where:||Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave.|
|Time:||12:00pm – 9:00pm|
|Fee:||Free to attend|
|12:00 – 1:00 PM||Packrat’s Smokehouse|
|1:30 – 2:30 PM||Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul featuring The Hellacious Horns|
|3:00 – 4:30 PM||Big Harvest|
|5:15 – 6:45 PM||The Bron Burbank Band|
|7:30 – 9:05 PM||Tramps Like Us – Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band|
Side Stage – Hillsboro Blvd. & Ocean Way
|12:30 – 8:30 PM||Chris Korzen|
Side Stage – 3rd Street & Ocean Way
|12:00 – 9:00 PM||Stephen Minotti|
Complimentary Shuttle Information
Parking on the barrier island will be limited during the event. Complimentary parking is available from the Cove Shopping Center (1580 SE 3rd Ct.), Sullivan Park (1701 Riverview Rd.) & St. Ambrose Catholic Church (380 S Federal Hwy). Shuttle service will run as follows:
- Continuous shuttle service from 11:00 AM to 5:45 PM
- NO shuttle service from 5:45 PM to 11:00 PM due to the closing of the Hillsboro Boulevard bridge
- Continuous shuttle service will resume at 11:00 PM and run continuously until 12:00 AM
Road & Facility Closure Information
- International Fishing Pier will be closed at 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 2nd and will reopen at 6:00 AM on Wednesday, July 5th
- On July 4th, at 12:00 AM, Ocean Way from Hillsboro Boulevard to SE 4th Street, the Main Beach Parking Lot, the lot behind Ocean Rescue and the Pier Parking Lot will close reopening the morning of July 5th
- SE 2nd Street and SE 1st Street will close at A1A, Tuesday, July 4th at 6:00 AM, reopening on the morning of July 5th
- On July 4th, from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM, the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge and A1A, from Hillsboro Boulevard to SE 3rd Street, and Ocean Way at NE 21st Ave., will be closed to traffic
- The Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge will remain in the locked down position from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM for pedestrian traffic
Celebrating in Boca Raton?
The City of Boca Raton will present the “Fabulous Fourth Celebration” at de Hoernle Park/Spanish River Sports Complex.
Location: de Hoernle Park/Spanish River Sports Complex, 1000 NW Spanish River Boulevard.
Event Begins: 6:30 p.m.
Fireworks: 9:00 p.m.
Activities: A 28’ high and 110’ long State Fair style slide, a “Stars & Stripes” slide; along with many other rides; toddler center; carnival games; food trucks; and carnival food. The All-Star Band will take the stage, playing classic rock n’ roll tunes from the 60’s through the 80’s.
Parking: Free parking and a complimentary shuttle service starting 5:30 p.m. and running until 10:15 p.m.
Blowing things up yourself
Explosions are heard all over South Florida on holidays but there as some Florida regulations for fireworks, chapter 791 of the Florida Statues (right between weapons and sexual battery) that have some pretty strict rules.
What fireworks are illegal in Florida?
Almost everything that explodes or flies (including bottle rockets, M80s, firecrackers, and even roman candles) it is a no-go, legally speaking. That applies even if you bought it at a store and signed a waiver, it is technically against the law to light most fireworks. A loophole in the law allows customers to buy them if they say they’re intending to use the fireworks for lawful purposes, including certain uses in agriculture and mining. In stores, this can be as simple as filling out a form to make a purchase but blowing them up is where you cross the line with legal issues unless used for the above purposes.
What kinds of fireworks can I use legally?
The short answer is not many. Fireworks approved for use by consumers include sparklers; small fireworks that emit colored smoke only; and “glow worms,” which burn in bright colors without exploding. You can find a full list at www.myfloridacfo.com/sfm/sparklerindex.htm. And, get this… Florida law classifies lighting off these fireworks as a first-degree misdemeanor, which means if you are convicted, you could face up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine and court costs. So, the best bet is to watch other people blow things up and join the party in Deerfield Beach.