There's a reason why the Fourth of July in Delray Beach, Florida draws over 100,000 people.
It's because Delray Beach has one of the most spectacular show of fireworks at the beach in Florida!!!
And because we make it an all-out event with family-fun for everyone. It is definitely kid-friendly! (But please leave the pups at home! It is much too hot for them and besides -- fireworks scare the pups!)
All the 4th of July in Delray festivities take place beach-side at the very
far-east end of Atlantic Avenue at A1A (Ocean Blvd.). The Atlantic
Avenue draw bridge is closed to traffic -- allowing foot-traffic only
across the bridge. This means that it is foot-traffic-only from the
Intracoastal all the way to the beach! Wear comfortable shoes! And be prepared to walk or ride your bike.
Photo below shows you the view (and distance) from Atlantic Avenue Intracoastal bridge, looking eastward to the beach. It's about a 4-block walk. Wear comfortable shoes! (I know I already said this! :-) And I suggest carrying only what you truly need. Please leave the pups at home!
At far east-end of Atlantic Avenue and A1A (Ocean Blvd) is the official honoring of our Independence Day with a 60-foot flag raising with the honor guard and the singing of the National Anthem.
How about this for a beautiful photo of the American Flag, Florida palm trees, and a very beautiful blue sky! This, my friends, is the Fourth of July in Delray Beach, Florida!
How do you like it so far?
Fourth of July kind-of-fun all throughout the afternoon and into the night -- when the fireworks start at 9 PM.
You can look forward to food booths, food trucks, family-fun games, arts & crafts for the kids, live entertainment, and they usually have some sort of food eating contest! One year it was hot dogs. This year, I hear it will be a cheeseburger-eating contest! And a custard-eating contest! And, then, of course the grand finale is...
The most spectacular display of fireworks in Florida! At the Beach!
This was my food booth of choice one year, Taco Loquisimo. I found it on Atlantic Avenue, right near the Marriott Residence Inn.
Of course....it was the food booth with the longest line, but I really wanted these healthy, gluten-free tacos!
So I waited and waited...
for this delicious-looking taco! Shredded pork, spinach, cabbage, ricotta cheese, and other yummy stuff. It was sooooo good! And worth the wait! :-)
You'll find more food booths and food trucks like these that were at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and A1A...
You'll find fun family games for the kids! One year there was mini golf from Puttn Around Miniature Golf...
Arts and crafts booth for the kids! They can pick out whatever ceramic item they would like, and then they can hand-paint it from all kinds of fun color choices.
The characters were very cute little dolly figurines, kitty cats, puppy dogs, frogs, turtles and such. I even spied a Poodle in there!
There was even completely free things to do like this game of Go Fish sponsored by the Redemption Church.
It's not always the same events every year. There was a hot dog-eating contest on stage one year! I never laughed so hard! Hysterical!
It always drew a very large crowd because it was so entertaining to watch the contestants choke, heave, stand-upside down...just about whatever it took to get more hot dogs down their throat!
And then, it never failed...someone would always PUKE! Yep! Not kidding. It always happened! And then the crowd would roar with laughter and cheer that person on! Ha-ha...!
One year there was an antique car show. All of the cars lined up at Old School Square Park for people to view and then they collectively paraded eastward on Atlantic Avenue -- heading to Seagate Hotel.
Once at the Seagate, they lined 'em up and parked 'em on display for everyone to enjoy looking at them and meeting and talking with their owners.
The patriotic bike and scooter parade is just one more family-fun celebration to enjoy during the day! Here's a little cutie-pie adorned with the American flag and all smiles!
You might see this pirate-dude who wears his pet rat, Matilda, on his shoulder.
You can get your picture taken with the pirate and you can even put Matilda, the pet rat, on your very own shoulder...if you want to...that is! Ekkkkkk! :-)
Atlantic Avenue on the Fourth of July. It is closed to all vehicles east
of Atlantic Bridge which means one must walk the rest of the way to the
east end and to the beach. Be prepared to walk...
As you can see from the above photo, there's a bit of walking
to get to the festivities and to get to the beach-end to watch the fireworks show.
Depending on where you park, it might be 6 or more blocks to walk. Here's some suggestions to help you enjoy yourselves...
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