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Tips for July 4th celebrations in city and west Boca

If you’re going to the city’s Fabulous Fourth or the county’s celebration in west Boca’s Sunset Cove, here’s some tips.

City of Boca Raton Fabulous Fourth Celebration, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Spanish River Athletic Facility/Countess de Hoernle Park, NW 1000 Spanish River Blvd., just east of Military Trail. Fireworks begin 9 p.m.

Rides, rock-climbing wall, free face painting and glitter tattoos, food trucks and food vendors. Live music and deejay on two stages, dance-off, games for kids

·    All parking free and off-site. Free shuttle runs from Boca Raton Innovation campus on Broken Sound Boulevard 5:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

·    City recommends arriving early to avoid long shuttle lines

·    Bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Many attendees set up camp around lake.

·    Strictly prohibited: Personal fireworks, sparklers, alcohol, family pets

Palm Beach County & West Boca Community Council 12th annual 4th of July Celebration, Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, gates open 5:30 p.m., event 6 to 9 p.m. Fireworks 9 p.m. [Best amphitheater entrance at 12551 W. Glades Road just past fire station]

Kids interactive fun zone with games, welcome booth with prize wheel, live music starts 7 p.m. on stage, food concessions for purchase including wine and beer

Tips provided by Don Perez, amphitheater manager:

·    On premise free parking. Disabled parking set aside close by.

·    Must bring own seating. No umbrellas with stakes in ground permitted

·    No personal fireworks

·    No pets but service animals allowed in amphitheater. Pets on leashes welcome outside amphitheater gates. Dog park adjacent but closes at sunset

·    Rain or shine. Weather monitored and event paused if showers or if lightning 6 miles away. Attendees can take shelter in their car.

·    Picnic tables and small pavilions outside amphitheater first come, first service No cooking

·    Police will stop access to event prior to fireworks. Request not to park on side of road outside venue to watch fireworks.

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