West Palm beach celebrates America's independence with a bang on the famous waterfront. (Courtesy City of West Palm Beach)
Palm Beach heats up with a variety of events, from festivals and concerts to art exhibitions and Fourth of July celebrations. Check out all there is to do in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray and beyond.
June 1-Aug. 31
Summer in Paradise: Summer-long schedule of activities along the West Palm Beach waterfront that include Screen on the Green, a movie theater under the stars, Glow Fore It mini-golf, food festivals, tours and two rockin’ concert series: Clematis by Night and Sunday on the Waterfront.
June 14-July 9 (Sundays & Wednesdays)
The Wick Presents Story Time with Belle: Sit with Disney’s loveable character, Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” in her enchanted library as she shares her favorite story. Enjoy a light lunch, sing-a-long and a goodie bag from Belle. Reservations required. 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL, 561.995.2333
June 16-Aug. 30
Safari Nights: The Palm Beach Zoo comes alive every Friday night, from 4:30 pm to 9 pm, in June until August. Each night will feature a different family-friendly theme and will include entertainment for guests of all ages: including face painting and kids’ DJ in the Fountain Plaza, giveaways, crafts and more. 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL, 561.547.9453
June 17, 24, July 1
Lake Worth Green Market: The City of Lake Worth welcomes locals and visitors to its year-round Saturday Green Market. Shop for fresh local and seasonal organic vegetables, fresh chicken and eggs, local caught fresh fish, grass-fed beef, fruits and herbs, beautiful flowers, delicious breads, pastries and other baked goods. 8 am-1 pm. 7765 Lyons Road, Lake Worth, FL
The Addison Wedding Showcase: Meet some of the best wedding vendors (bridal designers, photographers, caterers, planners, transportation) in the business and learn the latest wedding trends. Sip on signature cocktails and sample award-winning cuisine. 6 pm. $20 advanced tickets; $30 at the door. Two East Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, 561.372.0568
June 29-Aug. 13
French Connections: This summer exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art features works from the museum’s photography collection that date from the turn of the 20th century to the present, of Paris’ past to contemporary portraits that investigate the shifting make-up of French culture. 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL,561.832.5196
Vans Warped Tour: Described as punk rock summer camp, the Warped Tour has been showcasing alternative rock for both established and up-and-coming talent since 1995. The line-up includes Hatebreed, Gwar, Hawthorne Heights, The Ataris and Bowling for Soup. Doors open at 11 am. Rain or shine event. Perfect Vodka Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach, FL
Fourth on Flagler: Celebrate America’s birthday along the West Palm Beach waterfront for the largest free Independence Day bash in South Florida. Enjoy live performances from local and regional acts, a military honor ceremony, larger-than-life versions of games like Human Foosball and bowling, and an 18-minute fireworks extravaganza over the Intracoastal Waterway. Fourth and Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL, 561.822.1515
Delray Beach July 4th: This all-ages, free event is full of patriotic fun, food, music and fanfare. Plus a Kid’s Corner, food trucks, sand castle contest and a beer garden. End the night with an incredible fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. 5 pm-9:30 pm. A1A and Atlantic Ocean.
Flagler Museum’s Independence Day: There’s no better place than the Flagler Museum to enjoy the fireworks display over Lake Worth on the Fourth of July. This year’s event will include patriotic songs sung by Women of Note and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Henry Flagler's Railcar No. 91 will be decorated with bunting and the Pavilion will feature reproductions of the twenty different United States flags that flew during Henry Flagler's lifetime. One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL, 561.655.2833
Repticon: Hosted at the area’s newest event facility, South Florida Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, Repticon West Palm Beach features thousands of reptiles and exotic pets from the top breeders around the country. Learn more about these critters in live animal encounters before you buy one of your own. 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL
Traditional Afternoon Tea: Enjoy a quintessential British experience with afternoon tea, dainty English sandwiches and hand-baked traditional British scones with lashings of clotted cream and lavish strawberry preserve, served daily between 1 pm and 5 pm at the Chesterfield Palm Beach. 363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach, FL, 561.659.5800