Celebrate 4th on Flagler’s 30-year History in a Unique, Enjoyable Experience
Locals enjoying JetRide before a press conference to announce the celebration of 4th on Flagler’s 30-year history in West Palm Beach. / Photo Pedro Penalver, WPB Magazine

Fireworks, food, and patriotic music are part of July 4 festivities throughout the United States, but in West Palm Beach, the observance is taken to another level as our Independence Day celebration—known as 4th on Flagler— reflects our culture in a unique, enjoyable experience.

This year we will not only commemorate America’s birthday but also 4th on Flagler’s 30-year history, happening on Wednesday, July 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the end of Clematis St. by the waterfront. In addition to the annual Military Honor Ceremony, there will be games, live music, and an impressive 18-minute fireworks show igniting over the Intracoastal Waterway.

It will be a very special 4th of July celebration as the City is also celebrating the tremendous success of one of the City’s longest running and most iconic annual events, 4th on Flagler. As a throwback to three decades of memories, the City is including a water show in this year’s entertainment lineup, the “JetRide Watercraft Stunt Show.”

The show will feature some of the world’s top watercraft athletes staging stunts above the water as they perform impressive personal watercraft maneuvers. For the grand finale, Chris Anyzeski, a professional personal watercraft freestyle athlete with more than 10 years of experience, will attempt to flip his personal watercraft 30 times in honor of 4th on Flagler’s 30th anniversary. After the show’s finale, JetRide, a personal watercraft rental company, will also award one lucky 4th on Flagler attendee with a complimentary year’s membership while they are onsite.

Last week we had the chance to see Chris Anyzeski work his magic along our gorgeous waterfront setting as 30 jet riders, including staff from the City, local businesses, and media outlets, cruised along our intracoastal waterway paying tribute to 4th on Flagler’s 30th anniversary.

“There is a rich history with 4th on Flagler,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, who has coordinated more than 28 of the celebrations. “It was only fitting that we find opportunities to infuse nostalgia into this year’s event, given the important 30th anniversary. Similar to recent years, guests will enjoy large and small games, live music and a heartfelt Military Honor Ceremony, but they will also enjoy elements from over the years. For families coming for years or decades, there are sure to be some familiar surprises.”

Happening at 4th on Flagler’s event this year:

Military Honor Ceremony, which includes a tribute to all branches of the military, presentation of the local Hometown Hero award and the unfurling of a five-story American flag. Music for the moving tribute will be provided by The Air National Guard Band of the South, a 45-member military music ensemble that supports the Air Force and Air National Guard’s mission by inspiring patriotism and fostering a deep appreciation of its rich history and legacy. The band will play at the Meyer Amphitheatre, with the Derek Mack Band opening the stage at 5 p.m.

Liddy Clark and Andrew Morris will perform at the Discover The Palm Beaches Stage on the Great Lawn; and Brass Knucklehead and The People Upstairs will be at the Post Park Stage, just south of the Meyer Amphitheatre.

The evening culminates with all eyes on the sky with South Florida’s most dazzling fireworks show illuminating the Intracoastal Waterway. The show starts at 9:00 p.m.

Nearly 100,000 guests of all ages are expected to attend.