City of Fort Lauderdale - Fourth of July Spectacular
City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Venice of America

Fourth of July Spectacular 2013

On Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard


If you are planning on spending the 4th of July on Fort Lauderdale Beach, you will want to leave your fireworks at home. The general public will not be permitted to light fireworks of any kind on Fort Lauderdale Beach this July 4th. The City of Fort Lauderdale Fire Marshal’s Office is asking that you let the professionals provide the fireworks show for you.

The City of Fort Lauderdale will host the 4th of July Spectacular on Thursday, July 4, 2013 from 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. The Independence Day Celebration will feature a patriotic extravaganza with a kids zone, live music, and a dazzling fireworks display.

The Kids Zone will be hosted by celebrity DJ William Pennhouse, who will provide non-stop energy and excitement along with plenty of music and comic relief from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Highlights will include bounce houses; face painting; hula-hoop, Twister and limbo contests; along with beach games and a water balloon toss.

Make sure to bring your appetite so you can compete in an old-fashioned hot dog eating contest. And if that doesn’t fill you up, top it off by participating in a July 4th pie eating contest! Don’t miss the first ever 4th of July Diaper Derby on Fort Lauderdale Beach presented by Lite 101.5 FM. This fun-filled event will feature speedy little ones crawling their way to victory as mom or dad cheer them on from the finish line.

As the sun goes down, the celebration heats up with live music and entertainment from 4 to 9 p.m. Featured artists include the patriotic sounds of the American Legion Symphonic Orchestra, all your favorite hits from the ‘60s to today from the Fabulons, and headlining act Keep the Faith performing their classic “Bon Jovi Tribute Experience.”

At 9 p.m., all eyes will turn toward the sky for the City’s fireworks show. This dazzling pyrotechnic display is an annual favorite of children and adults of all ages. This year, the fireworks show will be set to music and simulcast on Lite 101.5 FM so folks will be able to both see and hear a one-of-a-kind 4th of July spectacular! The complete 4th of July schedule of events includes:

  • 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Family activities with DJ, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Games & Contests
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. - 101.5 Lite FM Diaper Derby
  • 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. - American Legion Symphonic Orchestra
  • 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. - The Fabulons
  • 6:45 – 9:00 p.m. - Keep the Faith “Bon Jovi Tribute Experience”
  • 9:00 - 9:25 p.m. - Fireworks Show


This year, the City of Fort Lauderdale is offering a new transportation option to get to the 4th of July Spectacular stress free! Avoid the traffic jams and the elusive hunt for a parking space on the beach. Instead, get there stress free by sea.

City Park Garage
150 S.E. 2nd Street • $1.25/hour

One River Plaza
305 S. Andrews Avenue • $5 flat rate parking

Water Shuttle
Pick Up: Las Olas Riverfront, 300 S.W. 1st Avenue
Drop off: Las Olas Marina, 240 E. Las Olas Circle

Round Trip:
Adults and Children: $5.00
Kids under 3, Seniors (60+) with ID, and Military with ID: Free

Anticipation Yacht Charter departs on the hour and Water Taxi departs every 15 minutes from noon to 11 p.m.


The following City of Fort Lauderdale beach parking lots will be charging a flat rate of $10.

  • Birch/Las Olas Intracoastal Lot: E. Las Olas Blvd and Las Olas Circle
  • D.C. Alexander Lot: 501 Seabreeze Boulevard
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Lot: 700 Seabreeze Boulevard
  • Oceanside Lot: 400 Seabreeze Boulevard


New this year, the City of Fort Lauderdale’s 4th of July Spectacular is offering a designated bicycle parking lot located at the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and Las Olas Circle at the foot of the Las Olas Bridge. Help us relieve traffic congestion and promote sustainability by encouraging event goers to ride their bikes to the beach.


French barricades and designated crosswalks will be set up along A1A (see map below) to ensure the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists throughout the day and evening. Public safety officers will be on site to assist with traffic flow. Please remember to use caution and cross A1A only at designated crosswalks.


Due to construction and rehabilitation work, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on the Las Olas Boulevard Bridge.

The Las Olas Bridge will open once an hour on the quarter hour from 9:15 am to 9:15 pm on July 4.

To assist with vehicular traffic after the fireworks show, the East Las Olas Bridge will remain in the closed (down) position between 9:16 p.m. and 11 p.m. Also on July 4, the Coast Guard has approved requests for other bridges to remain closed to accommodate heavy traffic leaving the beach following holiday festivities. These closures include the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.; the Atlantic Boulevard and NE 14th Streets Bridges between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.; the Commercial Boulevard Bridge between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.; and the Dania Beach Boulevard Bridge, Sheridan Street Bridge and Hollywood Boulevard Bridge between 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Motorists are strongly advised to avoid using Las Olas Boulevard to access and exit Fort Lauderdale Beach. Instead, motorists should use Sunrise Boulevard or SE 17th Street. It is strongly recommended that 4th of July Spectacular attendees use the available water shuttle service to avoid heavy traffic and prolonged delays.


The City of Fort Lauderdale’s 4th of July Spectacular is sponsored by 101.5 Lite FM. For more information, please call (954) 828-5363.





Traffic Advisory

Bike Parking

For more information, please call the City of Fort Lauderdale events hotline at (954) 828-5363.

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