Thousands come out for Boca's Fourth
American Idol contestant Brett Loewenstern, center, with his sister Stephanie and FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger.
Who needs Beyonce? West Boca’s own “American Idol,” the Florida Wind Symphony and Zambelli fireworks that left thousands oohing and ahhing added up to a Boca Raton-worthy July Fourth 2011.
A relatively cool night by SoFla standards drew thousands to the Florida Atlantic University campus for the city of Boca Raton’s annual “Fabulous Fourth.” No bandstands or bleachers. Folks just pulled up a lawn chair or blanket on parking lot #1 in front of the bandstand, where FAU president Mary Jane Saunders sat in the crowd with her sisters Elaine and Lisa Saunders visiting from New England. “It’s wonderful to see so many young people,” she said, surveying the crowd.
“Idol” contestant Brett Loewenstern led off the festivities before the patriotic music concert started at 7:30 p.m. And a trio of performers from FAU’s summer repertory shows did a WWII medley and showtumes.
FAU Owls’ imposing head coach Howard Schnellenberger did a meet and greet, and also marveled at the numbers of young families who turned out. The city’s Emily Lilly had face painting, a bounce house and a slew of other activities to keep the kids occupied until the fireworks started at 9.