Even as Deerfield Beach begins next year’s budget this week, with every sign that spending is tighter than ever, the city is planning a generous July Fourth celebration: eight hours of music, food and, of course, $30,000 worth of fireworks by the masters of pyrotechnics, the Zambelli dynasty.
The funding comes courtesy of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, a special taxing entity defined by Florida law and set up to garner the benefit of increasing property values and reinvest them in improvements in the targeted area. In Deerfield, that area includes the beach and if the past is any predictor of this year, the food, fireworks and entertainment will bring elbow-to-elbow crowds.
To make getting to the barrier island simpler for everyone, the city has issued the following advisory:
• On Wednesday, July 2, beginning at 11 p.m., the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier will close, reopening July 5 at 6 a.m.
• On July 4, at 12 a.m., Ocean Way closes from Hillsboro Boulevard to Southeast Fourth Street, reopening July 5.
• Also on July 4, the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge closes from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is in the locked-down position from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
• Finally, on July 4, A1A from Northeast First Street to Southeast Third Street will be closed to traffic.
Attendees are invited to park at The Cove Shopping Center, just west of the bridge at 1500 E. Hillsboro Boulevard, as well as at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, at 363 S.E. 12th Avenue. Shuttles will run from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; suspend from 5:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. when the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge is closed, and resume for one hour beginning at 11 p.m.
Festivities begin at about noon. Food vendors as well as arts and crafts vendors will be setting up stalls at the Main Beach Parking Lot, at 149 S.E. 21st Avenue. Entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m. and runs until 6:45 p.m., with popular local bands, Bushwood, a six-piece, funky reggae rock band; Uproot Hootenanny, Grayson Rodgers Band of Cape Coral and BlueFire Band. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:05 p.m., the featured act is an Elton John Tribute band, Rocket Man.
New this year, at 7 p.m., a historic re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence at the south street stage, by a resident almost as well known as John Hancock: Anthony Dispenziere. Carefully researched, and acted by Dispenziere and his friend, this historical drama re-imagines how word spread of a revolution in the days before mass media.
For more information, see www.deerfieldbeach.com, or call 954-480-4429.
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