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Flagler Beach Fireworks Schedule for July 4, Palm Coast on July 5 in Town Center

| July 5, 2013

Flagler Beach\’s epic fireworks show has been a city favorite roughly since the Middle Ages. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Independence Day fireworks in Flagler Beach this year–2013– will be held on Thursday, July 4, at 9 p.m., off the Flagler Beach Pier, as always. Flagler Beach’s Holiday Parade will begin at 10 a.m. The parade is sponsored by the Flagler Beach Rotary.

Flagler Beach will actually be hosting a three-day celebration, starting Thursday and running through Saturday. For the first time in years, Flagler Beach city government will be running the event, taking over for the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and Affiliates. City staffers and city commissioners have teamed up to bring dozens of vendors and some $16,000 in fees and sponsorships. The vendors will be lined up in the core section of Flagler Beach over the three-day event.

Independence Day events on July 4 will focus on the traditional children’s and musical activities around Veterans’ Park. Friday, following the farmer’s market (from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.), it’ll be First Friday’s celebrations as the park will again be filled with musical performances and a kids’ zone, culminating with a concert by the 40-piece U.S. Navy Band. Saturday will follow a similar pattern, with music, vendors and children’s activities in the band, culminating at 5 p.m. with a performance by Band of Outlawz.

Palm Coast will have its own Independence Day fireworks show at Town Center’s Central Park. That one will take place on Friday, July 5, at 9 p.m. It will be preceded by a party around the lake, with music, games, beer, burgers and hot dogs, hosted by the Flagler County Rotary and Beach 92, the Palm Coast radio station. There is no gate fee. Bring your own cooler, fill it with beer and other drinks: that, too, is allowed. Bring chairs, bring blankets, bring a few dozen shades of gray as long as you’re at it.

Here’s the schedule for Town Center’s party:

4pm – Music Around The Lake With Beach 92.7 FM
5pm – Kix Country 98.7 Music With Kevin Kane & Jenielle
6pm – Fun, Games & Prizes With DJ Vern
6:30 – Martial Arts Demonstration, Moo Do Academy
7:15 – Belly Dancing, Enchanted Caravan
7:45 – Brusters Ice Cream Eating Contest
8pm – Limbo & Hoola Hoop Contest & Prizes
9pm – Welcome: Mayor Jon Netts, Rotary president and the National Anthem sung by Abby Romaine

Palm Coast first held a fireworks show of its own in 2010. The Palm Coast fireworks are never scheduled on the same day as Flagler Beach’s so as to preserve the iconic nature of the beach town’s signature event.

Palm Coast also has a July 4 event: On Thursday, it will hold its “By Dawn’s Early Light” ceremony at 8 a.m. at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy, near the Flagler County Library. Guest speakers will be Ronald Stark, president of the Sons of the American Revolution, Flagler Chapter, and Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts. Others will read parts of the Declaration of Independence. Musical guest Nevaeh will perform the National Anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. A quartet of the Flagler Youth Orchestra will present a patriotic musical performance. The presentation of colors will be done by the Palm Coast Fire Department Honor Guard. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at nearby Fire Station 21, 9 Corporate Drive.

Flagler Beach Parade and Other Activities

Parade line-up or staging takes place on Daytona Avenue North between 8 and 10 a.m.

The parade route: east on North 6th Street, south on A1A, west on S. 6th Street, north on South Daytona Avenue. The parade will take place, rain or shine. (If there’s heavy rain at 9 p.m., fireworks won’t go off.)

Parade awards, sponsored by the Flagler Beach Rotary Club, include “Best of Parade,” “Most Original,” “Best Marching Unit” and” Best Depicting Theme.” Judging takes place before the parade. Trophies are awarded in Veteran’s Park immediately following the parade.

Many other activities will follow, including, at 1 p.m., the Fourth Annual Tiny Tiki & Lil’ Kahuna when 3- to 5-year-old will dance the hula, strike a favorite ‘surfing pose’ and otherwise ham it up for the audience. Every child who participates is a winner and leaves with a goody bag. (Registration is limited to 20 boys and 20 girls.)”

Here’s the day’s full line-up for Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Flagler Beach:

7 a.m. 5K Run or Walk at Betty Steflik Park
9 a.m.-11 p.m. Food and craft vendors everywhere
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kids’ Zone
10 a.m. Independence Day Parade
11 a.m. Cornhole Competition
12 p.m. Tiny Tiki/Lil’ Kahuna Event
2 p.m. Music by Cesar Romero
3 p.m. Watermelon Eating Competition
4 p.m. Music by Tarnished Halo
6 p.m. Music by David Lane Band
9 p.m. Fireworks
9:30 p.m. David Lane Band again

Parking, as always in Flagler Beach, is catch as catch can.

An important traffic note from Flagler County Assist REACT: “For those going to the July 4th Flagler Beach Fireworks please note that right after the fireworks traffic approaching State Road 100 from the north and south will likely be forced west on SR 100 by the Police. This is the fastest way to clear traffic out of the city. No exceptions are made. If you must keep going north or south, plan to head west on State Road 100 to the first place you can turn around and then head back to A1A. Please plan accordingly or avoid the area. As soon as the worst of the traffic is cleared it will go back to normal. Typically this is between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.”


A Note on Private Fireworks:

While fireworks are sold in Florida, it is illegal for people without a permit to set off fireworks other than sparklers. The rule comes down to this: “If it leaves the ground where it explodes, it’s considered an illegal firework in the state of Florida,” says Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle. That also applies to firecrackers that go boom.

Exceptions apply in narrow circumstances, as when farmers use firecrackers to scare off birds and protect vegetation or fisheries, says Palm Coast Fire Marshal Jeff Pattee. Palm Coast passed its own ordinance setting out restrictions and prohibitions on fireworks. That ordinance, Pattee said, is almost identical to state law on the matter. That law may be read here.

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Note: the comments below archive comments from previous editions of Independence Day fireworks schedules.

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34 Responses for “Flagler Beach Fireworks Schedule for July 4, Palm Coast on July 5 in Town Center”

  1. NortonSmitty says:

    Oh yea. I almost forgot. Here is what we were celebrating today:

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

    You know, just by posting this today, when the new NSA data mining facility in Utah spits it out of the supercomputer, it will probably be grounds for the new NDDA laws to brand me a terrorist.

    Screw ‘em.


  2. Anonymous says:



    • ROOT says:

      $15 lay, are you sure you weren’t in Holly Hill :)
      But seriously ,
      I just returned from Hawaii and I got news for you the lays cost that much, they have them in coolers at Wal-mart. Of course you may be having a difficult time figuring out the complexities of business, like cost, risk and profit and of course your choice to trade, if you need your 15 bucks that bad keep it in your pocket and just watch. And BTW I am sure that Vendors do not share their profit with the city, but they do have to pay a fee to participate in the event.


    • carol says:

      I am curious, what ever happened to the Miss Flagler County contest held every 4th of July?


    • JonQPublik says:

      I love it when people SCREAM and make broken sense. I shouldn’t have to dissect each sentence to get the gist of it. The bad math was cute, too.

      Love ROOT’s comment, seems accurate about the ‘lay’. ba-boom-tissssh (and a non-sarcastic rim shot, that is)

      FL: Sorry, I haven’t had my coffee yet. I’m still trying to work off my morning snarkiness.


  3. In Palm Coast says:

    Could FlaglerLive ,for those who are interested, tell us “what are the laws and rules” in Palm Coast for those residents that wish to celebrate with their own fireworks? What are the “Do’s and Don’ts?


  4. confidential says:

    Happy Birthday AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL!!
    Still the best and number One, the more just, the most welcoming, where freedom shines and where most people is friendly and compassionate in a very rewarding land of progress and success, if we try hard enough.
    Thank you America and to all our brave ones that give it all in the battle fields and at home for us, my deepest respects and gratitude on this Independence Day!


  5. Carol Fisher says:

    I was confused by some of these comments, and then checked again and saw that they were all dated from 2012, LAST YEAR! Any comments from this year?


  6. AMOS says:

    Couldnt Agree More with Your Comment, “Happening Now” !!! Cars & Trucks Were Parked 3 Deep on the Sidewalks, Dune Walks, & Anywhere They Could Fit. The Crowds of People from the Pier To North & South 12 Streets Were Just Out of Control !!!! We Saw What appeared to be a Fight on the Beach, Looked Like at Least a Few Hundred Young Adults and Maybe 20 Police Officers!!!! If It Got Out of Control, We Hope The National Guard is on Standby, Because it was About 20 to 1, and Our Officers were Surrounded !!! Maybe Jax Beach Chief Could give a Little Advise to Our City Officials. Besides Being “Turtle Nesting Season”, How are So Many People Allowed to Have Generators, Lights, Loud Music Devices and Fire Works on The Beach , People have Been Shooting them Off Most of the Afternoon and We are Sure The Beach will Light up Tonight, as it Always Does!!!! Can Anyone Tell Us Why These Illegal Acts are Not Dealt with?????? The Drinking on Our Beach is Out of Control, as a Matter of FACT, Our Tiny Town will be Out of CONTROL thru Sunday, Now That its Been Made a Free 4 All for 4 DAZE !!!! Cant wait to see the “HORRIFIC MESS” Our Beach is in the Morning!!!! We Pray Our Tiny Task Force of Police get thru the “MAYHEM” !!! Bless You ALL for Your Service!!!! By the Way we did Find Parking, The Young Lady who Owns the Farmers Market Property had it open for All Day Parking, for $10.00 !!!! and its worth it Because they watch your Vehicles !!!!!! Advise to Our City, Have the Illegal Parked Vehicles, Towed, Just Like Any Other City Does, Word Spreads Fast & That Will Stop That !!!! The “FAKE” Parking Tickets Ya Issue Obviously is NOT WORKING!!!!!! HELLOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey Flagler Live, Hope Ya Have Time to Take Some Pictures of Our Beach Close to the Pier in The Morning Early!!!! Your Coverage is Great so Lets See if You Can Show The “REAL DEAL” !!!!??????? We are Counting on Ya Pierre !!!!!!


  7. Ron says:

    I swear, some people in this town will find something to complain about concerning just about anything.


  8. Michael says:

    For those who want to complain about the traffic and because Palm Coast has their 4th on the 5th. If that is all you have to worry about, then you are doing good. Now far be it for me to say you cannot complain. You have that right, but before you do complain. Think of those men and women over seas right now and those in the past. who missed the 4th and the 5th of July. Be thankful for what you have and don’t sweet the small stuff. Your life could always be worse.

    disabled combat medic


  9. AMOS says:

    Thank You “Santore & Sons”, Fantastic Fireworks Show Last Night !!!!! We Hope Everyone Has a Happy & Safe 4th of July Weekend !!! Thank You Flagler Live For Your Excellent Coverage of Our Entire County !!!! God Bless Our Troops !!!!


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