It’s summer time! It’s time to break out the swimsuits and sunscreen. Time for BBQs, fireworks and those beautiful summer romances. Oh and don’t forget the best time for family activities. I live right on the borders of quite a few cities here in Broward County, Florida. If you didn’t know each city has local events and the best part they’re usually free or only a couple dollars. Here’s a guide for all of you to local summer events under $10 per person.
Fourth of July
Don’t feel like hosting a big BBQ but still want to have that atmosphere. Then check out your city for details on their 4th of July events.
Sunrise – Want a big party? Sunrise is for you. There Fourth of July celebration will take place at the Bank Atlantic Center from 5pm-9pm. They will have children’s rides and activities, as well as food vendors. The concert will kick off with the Jacob Jeffries band and headliner will be Sister Hazel. Stick around after the concert for fireworks.
Tamarac – Head on down to the Tamarac Sports Complex from 6pm-9pm for an All American Celebration. There will be rides, special appearances from Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross, give-a-ways and the all important fireworks
Plantation – Central Park will be the place to be in Plantation from 7:30 pm to a little after 9pm. It will kick things off with a concert with one of South Florida’s top variety bands. Then stay for what is said to be one of the best firework displays in Broward. Don’t forget your picnic dinner, lawn chairs or blanket.
A few key things when attending any of these events. Remember that Fourth of July celebrations are always crowded. Make sure you keep an eye on your children and to arrive early if you are driving. If you live close try walking or biking over to these spots. Being a Broward girl for 20+ years I can tell you that each event is worth going to so make your choice wisely. If you can’t choose then head over to Vista View Park. This one does have a fee of $2/person but it is well worth it. From here you can see firework displays from Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Plantation and Sunrise.
Plantation, Sunrise and Tamarac hosts quite a few events throughout the year. From festivals to parties to shows. It is all a matter of time of year. This summer Plantation hosts two of my favorite events
On Friday, July 13 the Volunteer Park Community Center hosts the Daddy Daughter Sock Hop.
From 7-9:30 pm Dads and their daughters, 6 – 12 years old, can dance the night away to 50’s tunes. For only $20 a couple, $8 per extra daughter you can enjoy pizza and punch as well as a twist, hula hoop and bubble gum contest. You can buy your tickets early at Plantation Central Park or Volunteer Park from July 2-12.
Volunteer Park hosts another even Friday, August 5 from 7-9:30pm. It is the Mother Son Hoedown. Mothers and their sons, ages 6 – 10, are invited for a good old fashioned country hoedown. Put on a pair of jeans and boots and dance away the night to country tunes. For $20 a couple, $8 per extra son enjoy pizza, punch and Cowboy Rodeo games. You can buy you
r tickets in advance at Plantation Central Park or Volunteer Park from July 23 – August 2.
School is back in session August 20 before then head over to Sunrise Civic Center for a Back to School Round-Up. From 4-9:30 pm this free family event will have rides, food, music, games and more. In the evening they will wrap up the event with a movie on a big screen, along with plenty of popcorn.
There are plenty of events all over Broward County and finding them can be easier than you think. Check your local cities web page for event calendars and for city publications. Sometimes they will even advertise in the local paper. I hope everyone has a safe and fun summer. Maybe I will see you around town.