Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the Fourth of July or how the Fourth of July holiday came about? Many folks think we celebrate the Fourth of July because it is the day we received our Independence from England but it was signed by Congress on July 2, 1777. Fireworks have been a part of the Fourth of July since the very first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The custom of fireworks on the Fourth spread fairly slowly. They spread through New England and New York in the decades after the Revolution. But the firing of cannon and muskets and parades were much more common. In addition, fireworks at the time were very expensive, tricky to manage safely, and not nearly as impressive as the fireworks displays now.
Where you reside in Palm Beach County there is fireworks display and celebration. Here are a handful of suggestions:
The Town of Stuart, just north of Palm Beach County, is inviting you to appreciate some family fun with live country music opening at 4 pm. Children's activity area, vendors, plenty of good All-American food. A local band will be performing patriotic music starting at 7 pm. Fireworks begin at 9 pm. Boaters can see the fireworks while anchored in the river or dock at the City of Stuart courtesy dock and enjoy the activities in Flagler Park. FREE. For more information please call (772) 286-2848 or visit Stuart Fireworks.
There is always a big turn out here. Head over to Downtown West Palm Beach and attend the 29th annual “4th on Flagler,” Tuesday, July 4 starting at 5 p.m. This downtown West Palm Beach extravaganza features three stages of entertainment, art exhibits, putt-putt golf, food and an 18-minute fireworks display. It all takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the east end of Clematis on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. FREE. For more information please call (561) 822-2222 or visit Downtown West Palm Beach Fireworks.
Abacoa will host a good old-fashioned block party from 4 to 9 p.m. featuring live music by local band, The People Upstairs, kid’s activities, food and a Cornhole tournament. The celebration takes place at Downtown Abacoa, Town Center Drive, Jupiter. FREE. For more information please call (561) 575-9455 or visit http:/www.abacoa.com.
Lake Worth will feature live performances starting at 3 p.m. by Gravel Kings, JM & the Sweets, Brothers of Others and Matthew Curry. Enjoy food, arts and crafts and kids’ area. The parade starts at 11:30 and the raft race in the Intracoastal starts at 1 p.m. Fireworks are planned to go off at 9 p.m. Bryant Park, 100 S. Golfview Road, Lake Worth. FREE. For more information please call (561) 563-398-8340 or visit www.lakeworth.org/events.
Residents may enjoy the fireworks display in Delray Beach today, July 4th beginning at 4:00 p.m. Fireworks begin at nightfall. Aaron Carter will be performing. The July 4th celebration is in the Downtown Area, Intersection of A1A & Atlantic Avenue. For more information please call (561) 278-0424 or visit https://julyfourthdelraybeach.com/.