Lake Worth Beach
Independence Day Celebration
July 3: Star Spangled Band Showcase
The party’s set to kick off Wednesday at the Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave., with the 3rd annual Star Spangled Band Showcase, hosted in conjunction with The Nine Society.
Delray Beach roots rock group Mitch Herrick and the Homegrown Sinners, Ft. Lauderdale “rocktronic” trio ZBRAand Pompano Beach blues group Shaw Davis and the Black Ties will battle it out for the chance to perform for the crowd on Independence Day.
Music is set to start at 5 p.m., and the winner, voted on by the audience, will be announced at 10 p.m. Admission is free.
July 4: “Throwback Thursday” Independence Day Celebration
Of course, it wouldn’t be Independence Day in Lake Worth Beach without the annual Great American Raft Race.
This year marks the 18th iteration of what’s been called “the biggest event in Lake Worth,” a race that pits neighborhoods, small businesses and other groups against one another in a mad dash around the Bryant Park boat ramp on homemade rafts.
The winner gets their name on the coveted Grundge Cup trophy — not to mention bragging rights for the year.
The beloved city event, and the brainchild of City Commissioner Herman Robinson and the Bryant Park Neighborhood Association, began in 2001. Director of Leisure Services Lauren Bennett said 25 to 30 teams are expected to set sail down the Intracoastal Waterway this year — up from 18 last year and 13 in 2017.
This year’s theme is “As Seen on TV.” Participants will parade their rafts through downtown Lake Worth Beach starting at 11 a.m. and the race is set to begin at 1 p.m. in Bryant Park.
Following the race, four bands — including the winner of the Star Spangled Band Showcase — are set to take the stage at Bryant Park, starting at 3 p.m. Live music will continue until 9 p.m., and will be followed by a fireworks show.
“Since Independence Day is on a Thursday this year, we decided to go with a Throwback Thursday Theme with three of our bands playing throwbacks and classic jams,” Bennett said.
The celebration will feature food and beverage vendors, as well as a car show, craft vendors and a kids’ zone.
July 5: Lake Avenue Block Party
The party carries over into the weekend with Friday night’s Lake Avenue Block Party.
Lake Avenue from J Street to Federal Highway will be closed to traffic for the event, but many restaurants and shops will be open to offer special deals and live music. Friday’s event will also feature a car show, craft vendors and music.
The block party is set to take place from 6 to 9 p.m.
Lake Worth Block Party
Music | Food | Fun
First Fridays of the Month | 6pm - 10pm
Cultural Plaza | 414 Lake Avenue
Enjoy a family-friendly evening out on the town in Lake Worth at the Cultural Plaza downtown. There will be live music for the family to boogie and wind down after a long week at work. Have dinner together at one of the restaurants nearby or from one of the many food trucks on the seen. Take a stroll through the arts displays and galleries nearby or shop for specialty items. Check out Palm Beach Post article for more information on this event!
601 Lake Avenue - Free Admission - Tues-Sat | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
At the Cultural Council's home in downtown Lake Worth, 2,500 square feet of flexible gallery space showcases ongoing temporary exhibitions focused on art made in or unique to Palm Beach County. The exhibitions educate the public about art and artists, and provide exposure to artists in Palm Beach County so they can be more successful. The gallery features long exhibitions and each month will also showcase additional, one-person exhibitions.
May 31 through August 10
What better way to celebrate the summer than to see an expansive set of artwork presented by local artists? Every two years, professional Palm Beach County artists working in a wide variety of media share their work in the Cultural Council’s biennial summer exhibition. This year’s Biennial exhibition was juried by Melanie Johanson, curator of contemporary art at the Cornell Art Museum. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, Second Place and Third Place at the Member Preview, as well as a People’s Choice award—an opportunity for patrons to vote for their favorite—which will be open to the public through July 27.
Rick Newton, “In the Book of Daniel”