Spring Marshmallow Drop in Hollywood

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It was raining marshmallows yesterday during the annual Spring Marshmallow Drop in Hollywood.

The event was at the Boulevard Heights Community Center on March 24th, 2018. Little children were invited to take part in the egg hunt. And children ages 8 and above participated in the marshmallow drop. The fluffy marshmallows were exchanged for candy and other prizes.

Lots of activities for the kids: DJ music, arts and crafts, dance, free popcorn, picture with the Easter Bunny, bounce houses.

Enjoy some pictures from the event:

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If you would like to attend one of the Spring Egg Hunts, please read my article Easter Egg Hunts in Broward where I compiled extensive list for various egg hunt events in Broward County 2018.


Easter Egg Hunts in Broward

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Easter Egg Hunt in Broward County, FL

Make your way to one of these spring egg hunt events in Broward County. I compiled the extensive list for Easter Egg Hunts in Broward County 2018.If there is an event that you would like for me to add to the list, please let me know, I will update the list.

Enjoy the fun spring time celebrations with egg hunts, games, arts, visit from the Easter Bunny and much more!


Spring Egg Hunt
Coconut Creek Community Center – 1100 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL. Tuesday April 3rd,2018 from 6:15pm – 7p; must pre-register call 954-545-6670 or visit http://www.coconutcreek.net  Cost:$10 for residents; $15 for non-residents. Children ages 3 to 8 will hunt for eggs and enjoy other spring activities. Children are encouraged to bring their own basket.


Egg-stravaganza Egg Hunt
Cooper City Sports Complex – 10300 Stirling Road, Cooper City, FL ( corner of Stirling Road & Palm Avenue). Saturday March 31st,2018 at 10am sharp. Cost: Free. Hop on over to the Sports Complex and enjoy a morning of fun! Please bring your own basket and a camera to take a picture with the Easter Bunny! The event is open for toddlers ( must be able to walk) to fifth graders.

Teen Twilight Egg Hunt
Cooper City Pool & Tennis Center Complex – 11600 Stonebridge Pkwy, Cooper City, FL 33026. Thursday, March 29th from 7pm – 9pm. Cost: Free. Ages: Cooper City Middle School Teens (Middle School I.D. and Parent’s Cooper City Driver’s License required to participate). It’s an evening “Egg Hunt” in the dark for Cooper City middle school teens, who are in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Bring your flashlight so you can find our special hidden eggs at the Pool and Tennis Center. There is no charge for the evening of fun, however participants must pre-register, beginning Wednesday, February 28th.Please call the Cooper City Recreation Department at (954) 434-4300, #233 by Tuesday, March 27th to register.


Hoppin’ into Springs Egg Hunt
Held at Collins Baseball Field in Mullins Park. 10000 Ben Geiger Drive, Coral Springs, FL33065. Saturday March 31st,2018 at 9am sharp. Cost: Free. Get your baskets ready for a fun time gathering eggs! Families with young children, ages 3-7 years old, are invited to celebrate at our “Hoppin’ Into Springs” egg hunt! There will also be a DJ and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny! This event is free and open to Coral Springs residentsonly. One round per child.

Coral Square Mall Easter Eggstravaganza
9469 West Atlantic Boulevard, Coral Springs, FL 33071. Saturday, March 24th from 2pm – 4pm. Cost: Free. The Easter Bunny is back! Join us and take part in festive activities, arts and crafts, and a fun Easter gift!


Hop into Spring
-Secret Woods Nature Center – 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach, FL. Sunday, March 25th, 2018 from 2pm – 4pm. Cost: Free – Call 954-357-8884 to pre-register. Hopping games, springtime crafts, meet small furry and feathered friends with Animal Tales!

Annual Spring Celebration
Frost Park Recreational Complex – 300 NE 2nd Street, Dania Beach, FL. Saturday, March 31st, 2018 from 11:30am. Cost: Free. Egg hunt begins promptly at 12pm. Prizes for finders of the “Special Prize Egg”. Special guest and Music by DJ Royce.

Easter Egg Hunt
Bass Pro Shop, 200 Gulf Streem Way, Dania Beach, FL. Saturday, March 31st, 2018. Starts at Registration 1:30 – 2pm. Ages 2-10.Find 5 eggs & return for Candy! Free picture with Easter Bunny


Hippity Hoppity Hunt
Bamford Sports Complex – 3801 South Pine Island Road, Davie, FL. Saturday, March 31st, 2018 from 9am – 12pm – Egg Hunt starts at 10am Sharp. Cost: Free. Egg hunt open to children up to 8 years old – 0-3, 4-5 and 6-8. Prizes will be awards for Magic Eggs found throughout the hunt. Activities include an animal farm, hay ride, inflatable rides and vendors. Pictures will be available with the bunny at a small cost.

Davie Ranch Easter Egg Hunt
5600 SW 61st Avenue, Davie, FL 33314. Saturday, March 31st, 2018 from 10am – 2pm. Cost: Adults $10, children $25. Entrance fee includes unlimited pony & hand led horse rides, petting zoo, hay rides and free parking. Egg hunt in our chicken coop with the Easter Bunny. Food, beer and drinks will be available for purchase www.davieranch.com

Young at Art Museum Eco-Eggstravaganza
751 SW 121st Ave, Davie, Florida 33325. Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 2pm. Cost: Free for Egg Drop event only – Egg kits $2. This year’s Earth Day Celebration will feature the much loved EGGstravaganza, YAA’s egg drop competition. Children will use their creativity and ingenuity to create cradles or parachutes to protect eggs surviving the fall from a 50-foot fire truck crane operated by the Town of Davie Fire Department. Prizes will be awarded for uncracked eggs! Will your egg survive the fall? Egg drop at 2 pm outside of the museum and is free to participate. Museum events require regular admission fee.

Meet the Bunny at the Orchid and Bromeliad Show 
Saturday-Sunday, March 31-April 1, 2018.Kids can make Easter crafts and say hello to the Bunny at this annual event that includes more than 30 orchid and bromeliad vendors, lectures, demonstrations, live entertainment and more. Included with admission of $19.95/adult, $12.95/child. 9:30am-4:30pm, Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie, 954-473-2955 www.flamingogardens.org


Hop into Spring
Parks and Recreation Department is happy to present their annual Easter weekend events. The events kick off on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 8:00 PM with the Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 7 – 17, followed by the Adult Egg Hunt starting at 8:20 PM for ages 18 and up at Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Boulevard. Join the pre-event activities starting at 6:30 PM and get your Egg Hunt Wristband, which is required to participate. Registration for the Flashlight Egg Hunts, begin March 16, 2018.

The excitement continues Friday, March 30, 2018 at the Egg-Stravaganza event at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2nd Street starting at 6:00 PM for children ages 12 and under.
The Easter weekend festivities will wrap up with the final event, the Annual Easter Egg Run, on Saturday, March 31, 2018 beginning at 10:00 AM at the Deerfield Beach Athletics Complex, 501 SE 6th Avenue. This event is also for children ages 10 and under and features the Easter Bunny Trail Hop Parade. Bring your decorated bike, wagon, stroller, etc. to participate. All events are free for DFB residents. Please remember to bring your own basket for gathering eggs!


Easter Egg Hunt at the Ocean Manor Beach Resort – 4040 Galt Ocean Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. Sunday, April 1st, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm. Cost: Free. Join us for our annual EASTER EGG HUNT! We’re giving away 3 large Easter baskets to the winners of the Easter Egg Hunt. Fun starts at noon! Free parking is available in our lot just across the small street, or valet parking for a nominal fee.

Spring Eggstravaganza
Mills Pond Park – 2201 N.W. 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. March 24th, 2018 10AM. Games, egg hunts, petting zoo, pony rides, Spring Bunny.

Riverland Park. 950 S.W. 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. March 24th, 10 AM-2PM. Block party, bounce house, egg hunts, face painting, pool, food trucks.

Croissant Park – 245 W. Park Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Saturday, March 31st from 12pm – 2pm. Cost: Free. Egg Hunts, Spring Bunny, Pool and Prizes!

Lauderdale Manors Park – 1340 Chateau Park Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. When: Saturday, March 31st from 12pm – 2pm. Cost: Free. Hip Hop Jams, Costume Contest, Crafts, Egg Hunts and Spring Bunny!

George English Park Easter Egg Hunt Kayak Adventure
1101 Bayview Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Saturday, March 31st,2018 from 10am to 4pm. Cost: Free. The crew at Blue Moon have been having a ton of fun planning this one out on the water. The rabbits have been busy placing egg baskets around the neighborhood and reports have it they layed 2 Gold Eggs and 1 Silver Egg! Bring back the Special Eggs for the Grand basket or bring back eggs to redeem for fun prizes. All ages are welcome to participate. Open to all rentals for this day. Free Parking is Located at the Tennis Center or metered parking at the Boat ramps next to our launch location.


OB Johnson Park – 1000 NW Eight Ave, Hallandale Beach, FL. Saturday, March 31st,2018 from 10am – 12pm. Cost: Free. Egg hunt begins at 10am sharp! Visits with Mr. Flop.E Ears- Cookies and Punch- Family Fun! The Egg hunt is for children 12 years of age or younger. Don’t forget your basket and camera!


Spring Marshmallow Drop
Boulevard Heights Community Center, 6770 Garfield St., Hollywood, FL 33024. Saturday, March 24th,2018 from 2pm – 5pm. Cost: Free. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts will host its annual Spring Marshmallow Drop in West Hollywood. This is a fun family event that includes an egg hunt, the dropping of over 30,000 marshmallows from a helicopter, a bounce house, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. For kids ages 3-12.


Easter Celebration Family Fun
2572 N State Road 7 Lauderdale Lakes, FL 3331. Saturday, March 31st,2018 from 1pm to 5pm. Cost: Free. Easter Celebration!! Fun activities for the kids as: Bounce House, Egg Hunt, Egg Race, Arts and Craft, Free food and Entertainmen!!! $1 raffle to win great prizes, Bicycles, Services, Gift cards and more.


C.B. Smith Park Egg Hunt Triathlon & Duathlon
900 N Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33028. Saturday, March 31st,2018 from 7am to 10am. Cost: $89 and up per participant. The Egg Hunt duathlon & sprint triathlon is a family affair at C.B. Smith Park. The sprint triathlon is a .25 mile or ¼ mile swim, an 11 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run.  The duathlon is a 1.5 mile run, an 11 mile bike and a 1.5 mile run.  Spectators can take part in a multitude of activities during and after the race, including our Easter egg hunt for children at 9am.

Annual Egg Hunt
Hop, skip and jump over to our annual egg hunt with over 50,000 eggs! First 500 children receive a free pair of bunny ears. Event is held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 Free Admission. Prizes and children’s arts and crafts plus a special visit with Peter Rabbit and more! Two locations: Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd and Pembroke Shores Park, 501 SW 172nd Ave. Gates open at 9:30AM Sharp! Don’t be late to get your spot in line. Hunt begins at 10:00AM.


Royal Egg Hunt.
Saturday, March 31. Bring baskets or bags and join in the hunt with hidden eggs. Prizes and candy for all. Ages 3-10, grouped by age. 10am sharp, Pop Travers Field, 6250 SW 16 St., 954-452-2510 www.plantation.org

My Gym Plantation
9775 W. Broward Blvd. Plantation, FL 33324. March 31st,2018 from 12:30pm – 2pm. Cost: $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Join us for our SPECTACULAR Easter Egg Hunt!! Bounce into Easter with My Gym Plantation for a hopping fun time! Join us for some games, rides, songs, dances, bounce house, snow cones and a good old fashioned Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny! Bring a small basket to fill with eggs and goodies they find around the gym.


Spring Fling
Community Park – 7201 NE 8th Street, Pompano Beach, FL. Saturday, March 31st,2018 from 9am – 12pm. Cost: Free. Come join us for a fun family day filled with lots of activities including: eggs hunt, arts and crafts, DJ with games and dancing, a spring photo booth to take your picture in, bounce houses and much more! The 1-3 year old egg hunt is at 10:45 a.m. and the 4-9 year old egg hunt begins at 11 a.m.

Pompano Citi Centre Easter Bunny and Scavanger Hunt
1955 North Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, FL 33062. (SW corner of Copans Rd and Federal Hwy). Saturday, March 31st,2018 from 11am – 2pm. Cost: Free. Join in on the fun with themed arts and crafts, complimentary face painting, and a DJ dance party. Bring your camera to snap a free photo with the Easter Bunny! Pompano Citi Centre’s Carousel will be open during the event and rides will cost $1 per person.


Easter Egg Hunt
Imperial Martial Arts – 1375 Shotgun Road, Sunrise, Florida 33326. Saturday, March 24th,2018 from 11am – 12pm. Cost: Free. Frog Hop, Frisbee Golf, Duck Race, Bunny Hop, Olympic Easter Egg Hunt, Egg Toss, Easter Egg Roll.

Royal Egg Hunt
Sunrise Athletic Complex – 11501 NW 44th St, Sunrise, Florida 33323. Sunday, March 25th,2018 from 10am – 1pm. Cost: $5 per participant. Dress up as your favorite prince or princess, grab a basket, and visit our magical kingdom! Take your photo with King Bunny, search for eggs (children will be divided into age groups, shown below), and enjoy face painting, rides, arts and crafts, and more! Royal Egg Hunt Schedule: Walkers to Age 3 — 10:30 AM, Ages 4 to 6 — 11:00 AM, Ages 7 to 9 — 11:30 AM, Ages 10 to 12 — 11:45 AM. 954-747-4600 www.sunrisefl.gov


Tamarac Sports Complex 9901 NW 77th St., Tamarac, FL 33321. Saturday, March 24th,2018 from 10am -12pm. Cost: Free. Event features bounce houses, games, BSO car seat safety demo’s and an egg hunt for ages 10 & under. Egg hunt starts promptly at 10:00 am!

Family Easter Egg Hunt
Community Christian Church – 10001 W Commercial Blvd, Tamarac, Florida 33351. Saturday, March 24th,2018 from 10am -12pm. Cost: Free. Bring your favorite basket and participate in one of two egg hunts: 10:30 AM or 11:30 AM. In addition, there will be face painting, photo stations, refreshments, and prizes. Volunteers needed.


Annual Royal Egg Hunt
Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Rd. Weston, Florida 33326. Saturday, March 31st, 2018 10am sharp – suggested to arrive no late than 9:15am. Cost: Free. The egg hunts are for children ages 10 and under and will all begin at 10:00AM SHARP. The egg hunts will be held on baseball fields #1 through #4. There will be over 30,000 candy filled eggs so be sure to bring a basket or bag for collecting! There are a number of “golden” eggs which will get you an additional prize. The eggs are gone in a flash so it is recommended to arrive by 9:15am! After the Egg Hunt, take photos with the Royal Bunny, enjoy the bounce houses and have fun until 12 pm! It is recommended to arrive at the park by 9:15AM. For more information, please call 954-389-4321 or stop by the Weston Community Center, at 20200 Saddle Club Road, in Weston Regional Park.

Tennis Center Easter Egg Hunt
16451 Racquet Club Rd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33326. Saturday, March 24th,2018 from 830am – 11am. Cost: Free for Members. Bring the entire family for a Easter Celebration filled with fun games and an Easter egg hunt. There will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny so be sure to get a complimentary family photo taken with him! After all the eggs have been found, stay afterwards and join in the Net Generation Family Fun Day! Complimentary Member Event – Please register at the front desk by March 23rd at 12:00pm.

Weston Town Center Easter Egg Hunt
1675 Market St, Weston, Florida 33326. Sunday, April 1st,2018 from 3pm – 6pm. Cost: Free. It’s an Easter Hunt!! Hop on over for an afternoon filled with fun! The Easter Bunny has hidden some eggs, so grab your basket and join us at our Annual Easter Egg Hunt presented by Baptist Health and Tiny Planet Preschool. Come and enjoy live music, cho cho train, bounce houses, pony rides, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, balloon twisting, interactive vendors and much more. Kids 3 to 10 years old.


Spring Eggstravaganza
Wilton Manors Elementary School – 2401 NE 3rd Avenue, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Saturday, March 24th,2018 from 10am – 12pm. Cost: Free. The Easter Bunny is almost here! Join the Wilton Manors Leisure Services Department as it hosts the Annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt. Children ages newborn to 13 can search for thousands of colorful eggs that Mr. Cottontail has filled with goodies. There will be a bounce house, pony rides, entertainment, pictures with Mr. Cottontail and much more!


Best Christmas Lights in Broward County

Christmas Lights in Fort Lauderdale,FL
House in Fort Lauderdale, FL decorated with Christmas lights

Last year I wrote a blog article about where to watch holiday lights in Broward County. It was very popular with my blog readers. Thank you!

This year I thought that I could make a printable form of it, so you can print it and just drive around the Broward County to see best Christmas lights. You can print the list Best Christmas Lights in Broward County, FL. – By Brigita DeNapoli.

If you know of a house or a building, that is has great Christmas lights and decorations, please let me know. I will ad the address to the list for the next year.

Enjoy the Holiday Season!

Write a Letter to Santa Claus

Santa Claus & Reindeer-Decorations
Santa Claus & Reindeer in The North Pole – holiday decorations.

Do you believe in Santa?

Did you know that you can write a letter to Santa Claus and get an actuall answer from him? Yes, this is truth.

I have written a letter to Santa Claus since I was 6 years old, and always got an answer.

Here is the address that you can write to Santa :

Santa Claus

The North Pole




So, if you have small children, please, just get an extra holiday card , give it  to your child to write something for Santa.

Envelope should include full return address on the envelope, so Santa and his helpers can answer. Do not forget to put the appropriate postage to deliver the envelope to Canada where Santa and his helpers can receive and reply.

I would recomend that you mail the letter sometimes in November, so Santa can receive it in the beginning of December-just in time to answer and mail it out.

Where to Watch July 4th Fireworks in South Florida

Independence Day fireworks Independence Day ( also Fourth of July or July Forth) is a federal holiday in the United States remembering the adoption of the Declaration of independence 214 years ago on July 4th,1776. Thirteen American colonies became a nation. Independence Day is a National Day of the United States. This day is associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, baseball games, carnivals, fairs, picnics, family reunions. Many cities compete in order to have the best 4th of July fireworks in the U.S. But I  can’t choose my favorite—here is the list of many towns in South Florida with their spectacular celebrations.

Broward County

Coconut Creek, FL

Fireworks show by Grucci Sunday. The 22-minute fireworks show will be choreographed to music and include a number of popular hits. If weather forces cancellation of the show, it will be held 9 p.m. Monday. Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St. 954-977-6700, casinococo.com.

Coral Springs, FL

Mullins Park , 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm. Join the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration with entertainment, family activities, food and a grand fireworks display at 9pm. $3/parking. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and includes bounce houses and music. There will be a nominal fee for kids’ craft activities, food and refreshments. Grand fireworks display is set to begin promptly at 9 p.m. Parking fee is $3 at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, Mullins Park and the Center for the Arts. Mullins Park, 10000 Ben Geiger Dr. (NW 29th St.) 954-345-2200, coralsprings.org.

Davie, FL

Pine Island Park. The Town of Davie invites families with children to two different events on Tuesday, July 4th.   The morning activities take place at the  Pine Island Pool and include free swim, Inner Tube Water Polo,  Fun Foam Spray with the Davie Fire Department, a Dive in Treasure Hunt and finally a Watermelon Eating Contest at 3pm.  The fun continues at Bamford Sports Complex in Pine Island Park starting a 4pm and ending with Fireworks at 9pm.  Smokin Aces will entertain the masses from 6 till 9.Join in the community celebration with a day of family fun featuring swimming and pool games from 10am-4pm at Pine Island Pool, 3800 SW 92 Ave.. The morning activities take place at the  Pine Island Pool and include free swim, Inner Tube Water Polo,  Fun Foam Spray with the Davie Fire Department, a Dive in Treasure Hunt and finally a Watermelon Eating Contest at 3pm.   Festivities are followed by arts and crafts for kids, live music, games and more from 4-9pm at Pine Island Park, 3801 Pine Island Rd. Fireworks at 9pm.

Flamingo Gardens. 09:30 am – 04:30 pm. Celebrate Independence Day with a bit of Old Florida. Step back in time with a 1930-1940s costume contest, music and old-fashioned games. 1950s costume contests, watermelon- and pie-eating contests, 50s music by DJ Digital Anarchy and Fourth of July crafts. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $9.95 for ages 12 and older, $6.45 for ages 3-11, 2 and younger are free. Narrated Tram tour is included. No other coupons or discounts apply. 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. 954-473-2955, flamingogardens.org.

Vista View Park. Experience one of the best spots from which to view numerous firework displays across Broward County. From Vista View Park’s hill, the highest man-made elevation in the county, you can see the fireworks from Davie, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Sunrise and possibly Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood when the weather is clear. $1.50/person before 7:30pm, $2/person after 7:30pm. Depending on weather conditions, visitors may be able to see the displays from Davie, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise and possibly even Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Most of these pyrotechnics are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., but you’re welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets and come early to get a good spot. The park opens at 8 a.m., and the entry fee is good for admission all day — present your receipt for reentry. Admission before 7:30 p.m. will be the park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and younger are free). The price will go up to $2 per person at 7:30 p.m. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments, although no hard liquor and no glass containers are allowed. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no fireworks (including sparklers), grilling or horses will be permitted in the park. Take note: The park’s shelters and playgrounds will close at 7:30 p.m. Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142nd Ave. 954-357-8898.

Deerfield Beach, FL

Main Beach. Relax on the beach with family activities and refreshments. The activities take place noon-9 p.m. and include entertainment, arts and crafts and food vendors. The schedule is as follows: Whisky Six noon-1 p.m., Army Gideon 1:30-2:30 p.m., Caribbean Chillers 3-4:30 p.m., the Regs 5:15-6:45 p.m. and Eaglesmania (Eagles Tribute Band) 7:30-9 p.m. Fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. Free parking and shuttle pick-ups are available at: The Cove Shopping Center, 1500 E. Hillsboro Blvd. and St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 363 SE 12th Ave. (east side of complex). Please note that shuttles will run continuously until 5:45 pm. They will resume at 11 p.m., continuing through midnight. Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave. 954-480-4429. www.deerfield-beach.com

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. Gather on the beach for a day of family activities including music, beach games, contests, a kids zone, live entertainment, and a fireworks presentation off of A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. Fireworks begin at 9pm. The holiday activities include Kids’ Zone with DJ, music, bounce houses, face painting, beach games and old-fashioned hot dog- and watermelon-eating contests noon-4:30 p.m. Crystal Visions of Fleetwood Mac rock 4:30-5:45 p.m. Brass Evolution performs 6:15-9 p.m. The 30-minute fireworks show over Atlantic Ocean (simulcast with music on 101.5 LITE FM) takes off at 9 p.m. 954-828-5363, More info here. FREE.

Village Street Festival. Located just one block west of Fort Lauderdale Beach and just south of the Bonnet House, North Beach Village Resort’s Plaza Bistro is steps from Fort Lauderdale beach. From 5 to 9 p.m., this free event will feature family-friendly entertainment, activities and a DJ. American food favorites will be available for purchase. The Fort Lauderdale Beach fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. 2900 Belmar St., Fort Lauderdale. 754-229-3870.

Miramar, FL

Miramar Regional Park. Community fun, an old-fashioned celebration, concert and fireworks to mark Independence Day and the grand opening of Miramar’s new amphitheater. The concert is free, but pre-registration and advance tickets are required. Miramar Regional Park , 03:00 pm – 09:00 pm. 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL. Free.

Hollywood, FL

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk , 02:00 pm – 10:00 pm. A hometown star-spangled celebration with music and fun for the whole family at beachside locations, followed by fireworks offshore at 9pm. Free. Spend the holiday on the beach with family and friends. Visit Charnow Park’s (1500 N. Broadwalk) splash pad, play beach games, relax under an umbrella or grab a percussion instrument to play along with beachside entertainers. Music and games with DJ Tony Mixx begin at 2 p.m. High Tolerance takes the stage at 4 and 7 p.m. Ploomie & the Steel Harmonix appear 1-4 p.m. at the Johnson Street Plaza, and Fun Zone activities can be enjoyed here 2-5 p.m. The celebration concludes with a patriotic offshore fireworks display at 9 p.m. 954-921-3404, Hollywoodfl.org.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This July 4th celebration is back for a fourth year. The festivities include a cigar lounge, entertainment, food trucks and fireworks. The fun takes place 7-10 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way,Hollywood,FL. 866-502-7529.

Hallandale Beach, FL

Gulfstream Park. Enjoy a free party with children’s activities, face painting, DJ music and entertainment for kids including airbrush tattoos, balloon artists and more. 5pm-10pm. 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL .Grand illuminations show at 9:30pm.

Mardi Gras Casino. 07/01/2017. Dogs, Fireworks, Food, Fun on Saturday. Mardi Gras Casino gets in on the holiday action Saturday with a hot dog-eating contest, barbecue noon-6 p.m., Orange Sunshine Band performing 4-8 p.m., a National Anthem Singing Contest 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. 831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. 954-924-3200. www.mgfla.com

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL

El Prado Park. A day of old-fashioned fun with a parade at 10am, followed by family-friendly activities. Presented by the city’s Volunteer Fire Department, begins with a parade at 10 a.m. on Bougainvillea Drive (behind Town Hall, 4501 N. Ocean Drive), heading north to Pine Avenue, east to El Mar Drive, south to Palm Avenue and then west to Bougainvillea before heading north and ending at Town Hall. Family Fun Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at El Prado Park, will feature a waterslide and fire truck for the kids, as well as other fun activities. Holiday fare will include hot dogs, lemonade and other kid-friendly food. Fireworks will be shot off the beach about two blocks north of Commercial Boulevard. El Prado Park , 10:00 am – 09:30 pm. 4500 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-sea, FL. El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Dr. 954-640-4250, More info here.

Margate, FL

Margate Boulevard and U.S. 441, Margate, FL. Kick off the day with a parade starting at 9am down Margate Boulevard.The parade begins at 9 a.m., traveling down Margate Boulevard eastbound from 76th Avenue to Margate City Hall, where there will be post-parade refreshments and family activities. Cool off at Calypso Cove waterpark (6200 Royal Palm Blvd., 954-974-4566), open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A steel drum band will perform and kids can get their faces painted. Admission is $4 for residents and $7 for non-residents. Food trucks and concert take place between 5 and 9 p.m. at Margate Boulevard and State Road 7. Party band Pangea performs at 6 p.m. Fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. Margate Boulevard and State Road 7. 954-972-6458. More info here.

Miramar, FL

Miramar Regional Park. The festivities start at 7 p.m. and include water slides, bounce houses, food trucks and novelty vendors. Fireworks display is at 9 p.m. Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. 954-602-3319.

Pembroke Pines, FL

Pines Recreation Festival Grounds , 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm. Pines Boulevard, just east of University Drive, Pembroke Pines, FL Kids’ activities and rides, a concert by Higher Ground and food trucks roundup (starting at 6 p.m.) will all be part of the holiday fun. Gather family and friends to enjoy rides, music, entertainment, food and fireworks. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Free. Fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd. 954-435-6525, ppines.com.

Pompano Beach, FL

Fishing Pier. July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with Journey tribute band Chain Reaction, followed by emcee Kenny Walker and 102.7 the Beach Radio Station. Fireworks launch by the end of the fishing pier. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome; however personal fireworks, glass containers, alcohol, and pets are prohibited. Available parking is at Atlantic Boulevard and A1A. Street Parking will also be available as well as the new Pier Garage, located right across from the Pier.Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., 954-786-4111, pompanobeachfl.gov.

Plantation, FL

Central Park. Begin celebrating at 9am with a patriotic parade from the intersection of Broward Boulevard and NW 46 Avenue, traveling west to City Hall. Celebrate with evening activities at the ball fields, featuring live music and fireworks. The schedule of events is as follows: parade at 9 a.m. beginning at Broward Boulevard and NW 46th Avenue, heading west to 69th Avenue, to Northwest Fourth Street, ending at City Hall. Mr. Nice Guy, a variety/top 40’s band, plays at 7 p.m. at Central Park ball fields. Bring along a picnic dinner, lawn chairs or blanket. Zambelli fireworks commence at 9 p.m. Plantation Central Park, 9151 NW Second Street. 954-452-2510, More info here. Free.

Sunrise, FL

City Park. Floats will wind their way west along Sunset Strip from NW 12 Street to City Park, where the fun continues with free refreshments and kids’ entertainment. In the evening, join your neighbors for children’s activities, live music and a fireworks display. City Park, 6700 Sunset Strip. 9am-noon, 954-747-4600 sunrisefl.gov. FREE. More info here.

BB&T Center. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the festivities include live music, fireworks, food and beverage vendors, children’s rides and inflatables. The music starts at 6 p.m. with a set by local pop-rock cover band Havoc 305. Musical headliners Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are the masters of contemporary swing, jazz and big-band sounds. Their horn-infused, high-energy show goes on at 7:30 p.m. The evening concludes with 9 p.m. fireworks. BB&T Center, 2555 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. 954-835-7000, More info here.

Tamarac, FL

Tamarac Sports Complex , 06:00 pm – 09:30 pm. Grab blankets and lawn chairs for the city of Tamarac’s All-American Celebration featuring entertainment, a fun zone, live music, food trucks, games and more. Features live music by “Heatwave”, a kid’s area, food trucks and fireworks. 
9901 NW 77 St., Tamarac, FL. On-site parking is limited. Please use the free shuttle buses from City Hall (7525 NW 88th Ave.) or the Community Center (8601 W. Commercial Blvd), which are available from 5:30 – 8:30 pm and following the fireworks. Fireworks display starts promptly at 9 pm. More info on Tamarac city website.

Caporella Aquatic Complex . Patriotic Splash party.  12:00 pm – 04:00 pm. 9300 NW 58th St., Tamarac, FL 33321. http://www.tamarac.org. Celebrate the Fourth with some fun in the sun, music, games and more.$3.50 17 & under, $4 Adults

Weston, FL

Weston Town Center. A hometown parade featuring local businesses, civic groups, schools, bands and organizations, with the theme Celebrating the Great American Spirit. Parade and 5K Run. No fireworks here, but the parade lineup is at 9:30 a.m., and the march begins at 10:30 a.m. from Town Center Boulevard and Three Village Road, concluding on Main Street. The annual 5K begins at 7 a.m. in Weston Regional Park (20200 Saddle Club Road, 954-389-4321). Register at splitsecondtiming.com. Cost is $20. Weston Town Center, 1675 Market St. 954-385-2000, WestonFl.org.

Miami-Dade County

Aventura, FL

along Don Soffer Exercise Trail, Aventura, FL. http://www.cityofaventura.com. Enjoy the annual fireworks display with great views from Country Club Drive and other areas. Grab a blanket and find a spot anywhere along Aventura’s three-mile stretch of Country Club Drive. Fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. over the golf course and are usually visible no matter where you’re sitting. Country Club Drive, Aventura; 305-466-8930.

Coconut Grove, FL

Peacock Park. Enjoy a family-friendly fireworks display in Peacock Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. with live music and games, followed by fireworks. Sponsored by Commissioner Ken Russell and the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, the event is free. Pro tip: Bring blankets and lawn chairs, along with a cooler of eats to snack on before the display. 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove.

Coral Gables, FL

Biltmore Hotel Celebration. Head to the lawn behind the Biltmore Hotel for the city’s July 4 party, beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy a concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at 7, followed by fireworks at 9. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. This year’s event will include patriotic anthems by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band. CBS4 news anchor Rick Folbaum will be the master of ceremonies. Golf course greens open to the public at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9 pm. Complimentary shuttle service starts at 5 p.m. Free parking is at: BankUnited Center Surface Lot, 1245 Dauer Drive; War Memorial Youth Center Parking Lot, 405 University Drive; Parking Garage 4 – City Hall Shuttle Stop, 385 Andalusia Ave. The last shuttle will depart for the fireworks at 8:15 p.m. Free bike valet parking is at William H. Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center next to the Biltmore. Hours of operation are 5-11 p.m. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. 305-460-5205, coralgables.com

Doral, FL

Doral Central Park. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. The grand finale, “America Through the Decades” fireworks show, is at 9:20 p.m. Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87th Ave. 305-593-6600.

Hialeah, FL

Milander Park. Food, drinks, live music, a laser light show, and fireworks? Sold. Beginning at 5 p.m., celebrate Independence Day at Milander Park, where the evening will consist of performances by DJ Nancy Starr and DJ Noize, followed by a concert at 6:30 p.m. by Amaury Gutierrez and Jen Carlos Canela, a laser light show at sundown in the park’s Ted Hendricks Stadium, and a massive fireworks display. 4700 Palm Ave., Hialeah. More info here.

Homestead, FL

Homestead-Miami Speedway. Race to the 4th Annual Independence Day Bash: Some of the highlights include music, food trucks and kids’ activities. Main Highway and Above the Skyline will be rocking the track. Also, a limited number of $20 tickets for guests 13 years old and up for the Champions Club event will be available for purchase at the City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department (350 SE Sixth Ave.). The tickets include VIP parking inside the stadium and food and soft drinks served inside the Club, which offers a preferred view of the fireworks from above. Tickets for children ages 7-12 cost $10, and children who are under 6 years old can get in for free with a ticket. Homestead-Miami Speedway, One Speedway Blvd. 305-224-4570, www.cityofhomestead.com/July4 The fireworks display at 9 p.m., synced to patriotic music, will inspire pride in all attendees.

Key Biscayne, FL

Crandon Boulevard. The 57th-annual parade on Crandon Boulevard begins at 11 a.m., rain or shine. Enjoy the day on the key, and at 9 p.m. watch the fireworks, visible on the Village Green or anywhere with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive, Key Biscayne. More info here.

Miami, FL

Bayfront Park. Celebrate in the heart of downtown Miami and thrill to one of South Florida’s largest fireworks displays. There will be music, food, a beer garden, kids’ activities, and, of course, plenty of fireworks. The park is open all day for lots of fun. Free yoga takes place 9 a.m. at the Tina Hills Pavilion. The younger set will enjoy Kids’ Zone 3-7 p.m. Big kids will be most appreciative of the Beer Garden, open noon-10 p.m., in addition to musical entertainment. Fireworks take off from barges at 9 p.m. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. 305-358-7550, bayfrontparkmiami.com.

Black Point Park & Marina. Beyond enjoying waterfront fireworks, you can explore bikeways, jogging trails, and a 1.5-mile jetty into Biscayne Bay. Don’t worry about bringing food and drinks: Buy some at the restaurant and bar onsite. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. 24775 SW 87th Ave., Miami; 305-258-4092.

Miami Beach, FL

North Shore Park Bandshell. Grand Funk Railroad headlines this rockin’ Fourth party. Here is the schedule: Green Monkey Yoga on the Beach at 9 a.m. Food trucks are open for business at 11 a.m. DJ starts spinning at noon. Later, Family Stone opens at 5 p.m., and then Grand Funk Railroad performs at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks commence at 9 p.m. Free shuttle info: two park and ride locations where drop-off/pick-up will be taking place are North Shore Bandshell Park and 42nd Street/Sheridan Ave. The shuttles may be flagged down at any MDT stop along this route. Service will be from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. North Shore Park Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-673-7000, www.miamibeachfl.gov.

Palm Beach County

Boca Raton,FL

Spanish River Athletics Complex at deHoernle Park. Activities commencing at 6:30 p.m. will include Klime Wallz. The All-Star Band will play classic rock n’ roll at 7 p.m. festivities at Spanish River Athletic Facility at deHoernle Park  kick off 6:30 PM and feature 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. Boogie Brothers (Classic Rock) at 7:00 PM followed by Fireworks display at 9:00PMFireworks blast off at 9 p.m. Spanish River Athletics Complex at deHoernle Park, 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd 561-393-7995, myboca.us.

Sunset Cove Amphiteater. Sunset Cove July 4th Celebration. The ninth annual event starting at 6:30 p.m. features patriotic tunes from the Gardens Pops Orchestra, a kids’ area, food and beverage concessions (including dessert food trucks). Jugglers, balloon makers and airbrush artists will be roving. A fireworks display closes out the night. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-488-8069. Presented by West Boca Community Council and the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. Featuring kids funzone, concessions, welcome booth & interactive prize wheel, live music by Gypsy Lane topped of by fireworks! Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Gates open at 5:30 pm. More info here.

Boynton Beach, FL

4th of July Festivities will take place on Saturday July 1st! Enjoy some live music 6-10:30 p.m. Featured entertainers include New Horizons Band (R&B and blues and jazz) 6-7:15 p.m. and Never Stop Believin’ (Journey tribute band) 7:30-8:30 p.m., and then continuing after the fireworks until 10:20 p.m. Continuous activities are planned in the Kids’ Corner including arts and crafts and a watermelon eating contest. Food and beverage vendors will be on site throughout the entire event. A special patriotic salute will start at 8:45 p.m. The evening culminates in a spectacular, musically choreographed fireworks display at 9 p.m. sharp. Limited seating will be available and spectators can bring their own blankets and chairs. A free park and ride shuttle from Boynton Beach City Hall (100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd.) and from Ezell Hester Center (1901 N. Seacrest Bvld.) will be available 5:30-11 p.m. The final departures from both locations to the event will be at 8:30 p.m. with the shuttles resuming from Intracoastal Park 9:30-11:00 p.m. Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway. 561-742-6246, boynton-beach.org. More info here.

Delray Beach, FL

Delray Beach at A1A and Atlantic Avenue. Family activities at this year’s celebration start at 8 a.m. with a sandcastle contest on the beach. Family beach games will take place by the sandcastle noon-8 p.m. Kids’ Corner 4-8 p.m. includes face painting, craft activities, photo booth and giant community mural. Kool 105.5 Splash Zone and dunk tanks are also 4-8 p.m. Adults can cool down at the Beer Garden. There will also be a custard-eating contest for kids (5:30 p.m.) and a burger-eating contest for adults (6 p.m.). Holidazed takes the stage at 6:30 p.m., then headliner Daya performs at 8:15 p.m. The 20-minute Zambelli fireworks show launches at 9 p.m. from the north end of the beach. It is synchronized to music on Wild 95.5. Delray Beach at A1A and Atlantic Avenue. 561-274-0424, JulyFourthDelrayBeach.com.

Green Acres, FL

Greenacres Community ark. Ignite the Night Independence Day Celebration.Live music by The Groove, Rides, Games, most patriotic costume contest, food and drinks for purchase and more. Greenacres Community Park, 5:30pmThis annual patriotic celebration at 5:30 pm features music by Rogue Theory Project, “Most Patriotic Dressed” contest, stilt walker, rides, games, arts and crafts and food vendors. Fireworks light up the night sky at 9 p.m. Greenacres Community Park, 2905 Jog Road. 561-642-2180, ci.greenacres.fl.us.

Lake Worth, FL

Bryant Park. The Great American Raft Race kicks off the festivities with the Parade of the Rafts at 11:30 a.m., traveling on the Intracoastal Waterway at Bryant Park. Family fun activites are scheduled 1-10 p.m. The musical groups performing on the Main Stage are: Mike Mineo, Marijah Speziale, Franscene, Raggy Monster and Odyssey Road (Journey tribute band). Fireworks will light up the night sky at 9 p.m. Bryant Park, 100 S. Golfview Road. 561-533-7335. More info here.

Royal Palm Beach, FL

Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. Two Day Independence Celebration. Star Spangled Spectacular kicks off with a bang on Sunday evening with a Kids Fun Zone, food vendors and art and craft vendors 5-9 p.m. Wristbands can be purchased for $5. Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways (Jimmy Buffet tribute band) will entertainment at 7 p.m. The July 4th celebration will feature rides, slides and games. Wristbands may be purchased for $10. In addition, there will be volleyball, cornhole and bass fishing tournaments 1-8 p.m. A Food Truck invasion consists of over 20 gourmet food trucks selling delectible treats. Art and craft vendors will be selling local artists’ wares. The Boss Project (Bruce Springsteen tribute band) plays at 4 p.m., followed by Turnstiles (Billy Joel tribute band) at 6 p.m., then 42 (tribute to Coldplay) is the finale at 8 p.m. All this will be capped off by the Zambelli fireworks spectacular at 9 p.m. Avoid traffic delays by arriving early and staying late. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. Off-site parking is at Village Hall and Cultural Center. Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. 561-753-1232. www.royalpalmbeach.com

Wellington, FL

Wellington Aquatics Complex. Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy a cool dip at the Patriotic Pool Party noon-5 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) Regular pool entrance fees apply. Games and activities are scheduled throughout the day! Call (561) 791-4770 for more information.

Village Park.The Fourth Celebration will feature traditional games, bounce houses and slides, obstacle courses, rock wall, face painting, petting zoo, free bingo, food trucks and pony rides 6-10 p.m. at the Village Park. The Long Run (Eagles tribute band) will provide the musical entertainment. Free shuttle transportation service will be available from the Mall at Wellington Green at the Palm Tran bus stop by Nordstrom 5:30-10 p.m. Fireworks light up at 9:15 p.m. Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road. 561-791-4005, wellingtonfl.gov.

West Palm Beach, FL

Waterfront Promenade & City Commons. Starting at 5 p.m., features two stages of entertainment. National recording artist the Rua will perform. There will also be children’s activities, a military-honor ceremony, flag unfurling, an assortment of craft beer and food vendors, life-size games of foosball, human bowling and more ($5 wristband required for games). An extravaganza of pyrotechnics synced to music will fill the sky for 18 minutes starting at 9 p.m. Waterfront Promenade & City Commons, 101 S. Flagler Drive. 561-822-1515, wpb.org.

Historic Northwest Neighborhood. BBQ, Brews & Blues: On Saturday, guests can enjoy Southern soul food such as pulled pork, collard greens along with craft beer. Prices vary. Blues legend Joey Gilmore and Grammy-nominated duo Ike & Val Woods will be performing. Catch the trolley, available from downtown West Palm Beach 5-9 p.m. Historic Northwest Neighborhood, three blocks north of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. 561-822-1515,