America turns 241 years old this Tuesday, July 4, and while we’ve yet to hear of anyone planning to squeeze that many candles onto one cake, we have rounded up the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. You’ll find fireworks and hot dogs at these events, of course, but you’ll also encounter a “tattoo-artist magician,” games of something called human football and a live rendition of “Who Let the Dogs Out.” Happy birthday, USA. Woof, woof.
Please note: Most of the following events take place on Tuesday, July 4, and are free unless otherwise indicated. Food is available for purchase. The following are prohibited: alcoholic beverages, glass containers, cans, weapons, sparklers and personal fireworks. Some places do not allow coolers, backpacks, bags larger than 12 inches-by-12 inches, drones, horns, bicycles, lawn-chair bags or barbecue grills. Pets should be left at home.
Coconut Creek: World-class fireworks show at 9 p.m. Monday. Music and fireworks will mix to form a 22-minute program that will feature three distinctive and scenes, each with its own facets. If weather forces cancellation of the show, it will be held 9 p.m. Tuesday. Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St. 954-977-6700, CasinoCoco.com.
Coral Springs: Fourth of July Celebration. 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. A 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 Drive. (NW 29th St.) 954-345-2200, CoralSprings.org.
Davie: Independence Day Family Fun. Activities include open swimming and inner-tube water polo, fun foam spray, dive in treasure hunt, watermelon-eating contest, kids’ games, petting farm, rides, face painting, craft vendors, Adults’ Zone and free cake (while supplies last) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Smokin’ Aces perform at 7 p.m. Pine Island Pool, 3801 S. Pine Island Park. 954-797-1181, Davie-Fl.gov.