How to safely celebrate the 4th of July in the Palm Beaches

Independence Day is going to look a little different for most people this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But just because you can’t celebrate like you normally do, doesn’t mean it can’t be a fun holiday safely spent with your family! Here are a few virtual events that are happening in the Palm Beaches over the holiday weekend:

  • 4th on Flager in West Palm Beach is still happening this year but with some major changes. The City of West Palm Beach is encouraging folks to stay home and do a DIY 4th of July. All waterfront festivities are cancelled and if you haven’t heard, all beaches in Palm Beach County are closed through the holiday weekend. City leaders are encouraging residents to have a “POP” or a “Party on the Porch” in place of their normal 4th on Flagler activities. Fireworks will still be launched but not from near Flagler Drive. Instead, the fireworks will be launched from two undisclosed locations in the north and south part of West Palm Beach to hopefully reach people at home.
Photo: City of West Palm Beach

  • 4th of July Celebration in Delray Beach: The City of Delray Beach will not be hosting fireworks this year for Independence Day. Instead, residents are being encouraged to participate in virtual celebrations and contests for the Fourth. Here are a few of the ways you can participate according to the City’s website:
    • Decorate Delray: Adorn your businesses, homes and yards with red, white, and blue and compete for the “Most patriotic house (or business) in Delray Beach”. Registration is required, free and open to City of Delray Beach residents and business only. Submit 1-3 photos of your home, front of house (or business) and front yard only no later than July 1st. Judges will award the top 3 homes and winners will be announced on July 4th. Please label each upload with your name. Photos will be placed in an online gallery for all to see.
    • Digital Scrapbook: Submit your favorite patriotic family or pet photos, and family recipes and we will create a digital scrapbook for all to see. Submit, up to 5 photos and/or recipes, for free no later than July 1st. The scrapbook will be available to view online on July 4th. Please label each upload with your name.
    • Virtual Parade: Take a 15 second video of your decorated wagon, wheel chair, bike or vehicle along the street or sidewalk.  Videos must be taken in the horizontal direction with “vehicle” going from left to right. Submit your video (no longer than 15 seconds, we may need to edit) no later than July 1st.  Please label each upload with your name and category (decorate, parade, etc. ). The video will be revealed on July 4th.
    • American Party Pack: Delray Beach Parks and Recreation is creating 600, FREE, activity to-go kits (which is also sensory friendly) for Delray Beach Residents. Bags will include activities and patriotic accessories to help you celebrate Independence Day.  Bags will be available for drive through only on a first come first serve basis, (up to 2 bags per car) while supplies last, on July 4th from 10:00 am until noon at the following locations: Pompey Park, “505” Teen Center and Hobbit Skate Park, Barwick Park, and Catherine Strong Park.
    • July 4th Sand Virtual Sculpting Contest: Create a sand sculpture on your own from now until July 3rd and submit photos of your creation to be judged in one of two categories, adult and children.  Submit up to 4 photos of your sculpture, with a sign showing the date and time created in the photo, along with your waiver.  Please label each upload with you name.
    • Virtual Trivia: Test your knowledge. Games are free to enter, open to everyone, and family friendly. Your knowledge of Delray Beach and America will be tested. Each game will consist of two rounds of questions (one round on Delray Beach and one round on America) with 20 questions in each round.  You earn more points the faster you answer correctly. The top player/household in each round will win a gift card. One player/household cannot win more than once. Enter one or both, each game is different.

  • Red, White, and Boca: The City of Boca Raton cancelled its annual 4th of July celebration due to COVID-19 concerns. Instead, the City’s Recreation Services Department is hosting a weeklong virtual Indepedence Day celebration on its social media pages through July 4th. Patriotic-themed videos are being posted on the social media channels like how to conduct a fireworks experiment with kids, a patriotic popsicle demonstration, a yummy watermelon salad recipe, and more. For more information, follow Boca Raton Recreation on Facebook!

Red, White, & Blue in Boca – Patriotic Painted Rocks

🇺🇸🎆🌳 Did you know the month of July is designated 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬 & 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡? Here's another fun "Red, White, & Blue in Boca" craft you can make to take to one of our beautiful City parks…𝑷𝒂𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒄 𝑷𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝑹𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒔! 𝘙𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳, 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦'𝘴 𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘬, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘳𝘦-𝘩𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘳 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘬! Take a photo of your rock and post it with #BocaRecreation 𝗬𝗼𝘂'𝗹𝗹 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗿𝗮𝗳𝘁:- rocks (flat or smooth rocks work better!)- paint- paint brushesStep 1: prepare your paintStep 2: paint a base layer on your rocksStep 3: after your base coat is dry, add festive designs to your rockStep 4: let your rock dry, and bring it to a City park for some else to find!

Posted by Boca Raton Recreation on Tuesday, June 30, 2020