DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Delray Beach Press Release) — In honor of Independence Day, the City of Delray Beach and community partners are hosting the annual Fourth of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The Sand Castle Contest will be from 8 a.m. to noon. The main activities will take place between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Delray’s Municipal Beach at Ocean Blvd/SR A1A and Atlantic Avenue. Attendees can look forward to the Flag Raising Ceremony on Atlantic Avenue & Gleason, Kids Corner, main stage entertainment and the grand fireworks display at 9 p.m. The celebration is free and open to the public.
STREET CLOSURES – On Tuesday, July 4, beginning at 1:30 p.m., east Atlantic Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from the east side of N.E./S.E. 7th Avenue to Ocean Blvd/SR A1A, including all side roads. In addition, Ocean Blvd/SR A1A will be closed from the south side of Thomas Street to Bucida Street. Road closures will remain in effect until approximately 11 p.m.
All southbound traffic on Ocean Blvd/SR A1A will be detoured via George Bush Blvd/N.E. 8th Street to US1/Federal Highway. All northbound traffic on Ocean Blvd/SR A1A will be detoured via Linton Blvd to US1/Federal Highway.
BOAT TRAFFIC ADVISORY & BRIDGE CLOSURE – Atlantic Avenue Bridge will be closed to marine traffic from approximately 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 to facilitate holiday celebrations. Boaters are advised to use caution during this time. In addition, George Bush Blvd and Linton Blvd bridges will also be closed to marine traffic during this time.
PARKING – Handicap parking will be available at the public lot to the north of the Marriott on a first come, first served basis. Handicap vehicles must have placards and registration when approaching checkpoints. The public is urged to park in Downtown Delray Beach and take the Downtown Roundabout or walk to the beach.
PARKING GARAGES – On Tuesday, July 4, a flat fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged from 10:00 a.m. to closing at the following public parking garages and locations:
Robert Federspiel Parking Garage, 22 S.E. 1st Avenue Old School Square Parking Garage, 95 N.E. 1st Avenue. Please use the new smart meters or the Park Mobile App.
DOWNTOWN ROUNDABOUT MODIFIED TROLLEY SERVICE – On Tuesday, July 4, the Downtown Roundabout will operate its regular weekday schedule (ROUTE 1- 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; ROUTE 2, 6:45 a.m.-11:15 p.m.), providing free roundtrip service along Atlantic Avenue from the Tri-Rail Station on South Congress Avenue to Ocean Blvd/SR A1A. Use the Transit App to retrieve real-time trolley information.
Beginning at 2 p.m., trolleys will operate on a modified route, providing roundtrip service along Atlantic Avenue from Tri-Rail to N.E./S.E. 7th Avenue. From 7th Avenue, trolleys will travel to S.E. 1st Street westbound to S.E. 6th Avenue. Service will continue north on S.E. 6th Avenue to Atlantic Avenue, and proceed west on Atlantic Avenue. NO SERVICE will be provided east of the Intracoastal until the following day. Due to anticipated traffic, please expect delays during this event.
TRI-RAIL HOLIDAY SERVICE – For schedules and/or additional information, call Tri-Rail customer service at 800-874-7245 or visit www.tri-rail.com.
BIKE 2 the 4th – Bike 2 the Fourth thanks to Human Powered Delray! Leave your car at home and ride your bicycle to the event. Free Bicycle Valet Bike racks will be available at no charge and we will have Human Powered Delray staff there to watch your bike. No need to worry about a place to park or the need to lock your bike!
PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY – The City of Delray Beach wants you to have a safe and happy holiday and asks everyone to be a good neighbor and remember:
- The use of exploding fireworks is illegal, dangerous and a nuisance to your neighbors.
- Loud music at parties may be fun for you but not necessarily for your neighbors.
- Fireworks and public safety ordinances will be enforced.
- It is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard our marine life, especially endangered species & critical habitats.
- Firing a gun in public is illegal and can result in an arrest. What goes up, must come down – don’t fire a gun.
- Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the beach.
- Please recycle! Place plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etc. in recycle bins located throughout the event area.
Please note that City Hall will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. City offices will re-open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5. The City of Delray Beach wishes everyone a safe and happy Independence Day.
For information on the July 4 Celebration, including schedule of activities, events and contests, visit www.julyfourthdelraybeach.com or call (561) 278-0424.
For information on parking, road closures and/or trolley service, contact the City of Delray Beach at (561) 243-7000.