Happy Fourth of July!!!

Happy Fourth of July!  We are really looking forward to the holiday and are sure you are too!  What do you have planned for Independence Day this year?  

There are a lot of great, fun, family-events to consider in Broward County this year, starting with Parkland‘s own Red, White and Blue Bicycle Parade held at Terramar Park, 6575 NW 76th Drive on Monday July 4, 2011 from 9:00am-11:00am.

Bring your bike decorated in patriotic colors and parade around the park while the judges’ award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. This event is open to residents of all ages who want to show their patriotic sprit.

Evolution Martial Arts will showcase a karate/martial arts demonstration. Broward Sheriff’s Office will also have a bike course set up to test the children on bike safety and the Coral Springs/Parkland Fire Truck will be displaying their famous green fire truck! This is a FREE event open to all Parkland residents.

Watch the Fireworks at The City of Coral Springs‘ Annual Independence Day celebration, which takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Mullins Park, located at  10150 NW 29th St. in Coral Springs.

There will be entertainment, with food and refreshments available for purchase. Fireworks display starts promptly at 9 p.m. The event is free but there is a parking fee of $3.

Another great option is Fireworks at The Beach on Pompano Beach.  The Fireworks Extravaganza will begin promptly at 9 p.m. on the city’s main public beach, north and south of the fishing pier by Atlantic Boulevard. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. 

Thinking of heading to Fort Lauderdale?   The city’s centennial events commemorate the Wade-In 50th anniversary. This historic event led to the integration of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Celebration begins 9 a.m. at Eula Johnson house, 1100 NW Sixth St., followed by a state historic marker unveiling at 11 a.m. at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. Call 954-828-4755 to reserve a seat on the free Sun Trolley.

The “Fourth of July Spectacular” on the beach will have a DJ, beach games and the American Legion Patriotic Orchestra performing. Brass Evolution will also take the stage. Festivities start at 12:30 p.m. The half-hour fireworks presentation blasts off 9 p.m. at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.

In Hallandale Beach, the kids will have a blast with a bounce house, arts and crafts, pony rides, music and balloon animals from 4-8 p.m. at The Village at Gulfstream Park. Their Fireworks show is at 9 p.m. over Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino, 501 S. Federal Highway.

The Independence Day weekend on Hollywood Beach will feature nightly musical performances at the theater (Johnson Street and Broadwalk) from 7:30-9 p.m. Caribbean Music Farm is scheduled to play tonight, upbeat jazz by Phil Fest & Friends on Saturday and classic rock ‘n’ by White Noise on Sunday. Then on July 4th, country music group Rodeo Clowns will be followed by Galo’s tribute to Santana (6-10 p.m.). Twenty minutes of fireworks will light up the sky over the Atlantic Ocean at 9 p.m. Park at a downtown parking garage and ride the free express bus to Hollywood Beach. Normal downtown parking rates apply.

If you are planning a family BBQ at home to celebrate, why not try  one of our personal favorite menus:

  • Rosemary Porterhouse Steaks with Olive Mayo
  • Red Potato Salad
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Watermelon Sorbet
(Click here for the Rosemary Porterhouse Steaks with Olive Mayo Recipe.)

Set up your patio and backyard for the party and add some flair to your table by adding a red, white, and blue crepe paper streamer around the edges. Apply double-stick tape to the edge of the table, pinch the crepe paper to create pleats, and place it on the tape. You also can run a stitch line through the crepe paper to create extra pleats.

Here’s a little bit of July 4th Trivia for you:  Did you know that the first real July 4th party was held at the White House in 1801?

Whatever you decide to do this Independence Day, we hope you have a wonderful time.  Don’t forget to give thanks for the troops fighting for our freedom and safety and for our many blessings.  

God Bless America!!! 
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