Village making preparations for 4th of July celebration

Village making preparations for 4th of July celebration

“Most Patriotic Golf Cart” competition at the 2015 event

Palmetto Bay will host its third annual Independence Day celebration on Monday, July 4, at the Palmetto Bay Municipal Center, 9705 E. Hibiscus St. Organizers are promising food, fun and, of course, fireworks.

The event is set to begin at 5 p.m. with the fireworks display scheduled to start at 9 p.m. There’ll be a free fun zone for the kids, a patriotic costume contest, face painters, stilt walkers, jugglers, other fun activities for the whole family and a prize awarded for the “Most Patriotic Golf Cart.”

The event is free, but food vendors will offer a variety of foods for sale from hot dogs and hamburgers to pizza, ribs, ice cream and even old-fashioned lemonade. There will be a beer garden for adults (bring your ID).

There also will be prize raffles for Palmetto Bay residents only, so proof of residency such as a driver’s license is required.

The explosive fireworks show, shot out of Palmetto Bay Park, is expected to last 20 minutes. Live music will be part of the event, this time featuring lead act and local band The Cutler Stew. Other acts may be booked as well. Residents and visitors are asked to bring their lawn chairs and blankets for a picnic style informal celebration.

There will be various satellite parking areas including: Palmetto Bay Park, St. Richard’s Holy Rosary Church, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Palmetto Bay Outpatient Center and Total Bank. Check the village website at for all parking and event details as well as road closures.

Mayor Eugene Flinn said he is excited about this year’s celebration.

“This is our third year hosting Independence Day right here in our village and it is gearing up to be the best one yet,” Mayor Flinn said.

“Come and celebrate with us and we’ll see you at the future site of downtown Palmetto Bay.”

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