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Flagler Beach Fireworks and “Freedom For All” Parade on July 4; Palm Coast Fireworks July 3

| July 2, 2018

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Flagler Beach’s epic fireworks show has been a city favorite roughly since the Middle Ages. (© FlaglerLive)

Last Updated: June 27, 2018.

Independence Day fireworks in Flagler Beach this year–2018–will be fired on Wednesday, July 4, at 9 p.m., off the Flagler Beach Pier (a pier shortened by 163 feet, thanks to Hurricane Matthew). Flagler Beach’s Holiday Parade will begin at 10 a.m., rain or shine. The parade is sponsored by the Flagler Beach Rotary. A parade entry form is available here. The deadline is July 1. The theme this year is “Freedom For All” (last year it was “Home of the Brave”).

Palm Coast fireworks are scheduled for Monday, July 3, at Central Park in Town Center, at 9 p.m. See further below for details.

In past years Flagler Beach Independence Day celebration stretched over four days. This year, with the celebration falling in mid-week, the July 4 events will be held on the day itself only, though Friday the city will also host its First Friday festivities, which have been drawing thousands every month.

On July 4 there will be no vendors, live music or the like, though a few sponsors will make possible a host of games and a kids zone in Veterans Park. DJ Vern will provide recorded music all day. There’ll be a corn hole tournament, an ice cube eating contest, potato toss games, and a variety of other contests.

The parade is expected to be of some length, this being an election year, when candidates take advantage of the large crowds to parade and hand out literature. It is forbidden for people on parade floats to throw candy or other items from the floats themselves, but they may hand out goodies in person.

The Pier has been open for business, fishing and pleasure. But while in previous years the pier closed only on the day of the fireworks, this year it will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, to accommodate the pyrotechnicians of Fireworks By Santore, the Flagler Beach company that will set up fireworks all day in preparation for the evening’s show. The pier will reopen Thursday, July 5, at 6 a.m.

Take advantage of the free parking and free shuttle that’ll be provided off the island. (See below for details.)

Parking on Independence Day in Flagler Beach is, as always, catch as catch can. But as has been the case for the past two years the city has made arrangements for a shuttle service and plenty of parking in two areas on and off the island.

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They’ll keep you moving safely. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Free parking is available on the island at Santa Maria del Mar church, with some 300 parking spaces. Free parking is also available at Flagler Square (the former Food Lion Plaza, now home to Badcock Home Furniture), with free shuttle service to Veterans Park. Two years ago the city launched what turned into a successful off-site “Park & Ride” shuttle service as a way to relieve traffic congestion and sea dune parking concerns. 

Coach-style buses will shuttle visitors from Flagler Square to Veterans Park and back, starting with two buses at 8 a.m. and continuing until 11 p.m. on July 4. The number of buses will increase to five as the day progresses. The designated loading/unloading locations for passengers are as follows:

Westside: Flagler Square (2501 Moody Blvd, south side of SR 100, just west of the CVS Pharmacy at the corner of John Anderson Hwy). East side: Veterans Park (2nd Street South between South Central Avenue and South Daytona Avenue).

Last year transportation was provided by Palm Coast Transportation. The company has since been sold to Gainesville-based Candace Transportation, which will be providing the shuttles. The buses will not stop at any other location. If you have any questions regarding the “Park & Ride” shuttle, contact Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney at (386) 517-2020.

Fun with flags. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Fun with flags. Click on the image for larger view.
(© FlaglerLive)

“Everything is free, the event in the parks are free and the shuttle is going to be free,” says Flagler Beach City Manager Larry Newsom. But Flagler Beach government is footing the $6,000 bill charged by Candace Transportation. 

The lack of walk-overs has led too many people to trample the dunes on the way to or from the beach. City officials are pleading with beach-goers not to use the dunes or park on the dunes and to put in the extra steps to find a usable walk-over. “People need to use the beach access points that are available,” Newsom said. “They need to realize we’re still rebuilding, no parking on dunes, and what they need to do is respect the signs that identify no parking. It’s more restrictive on the south side of 100 toward Volusia County, it’s very restrictive on the parking there. There is some parking allowed north of 100.”

The Flagler Beach Police Department is again requesting that aerial drones and floating sky lanterns stay grounded over the July 4 period. The increased use of aerial drones by the public over the past few years, along with the release of numerous floating sky lanterns after the 2015 fireworks presentation, prompted the request.

Newsom said the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and Flagler County Fire Flight will also be available for aerial assistance.

“One of the most efficient methods used by Law Enforcement to address the egress of traffic associated with large events like the Fourth of July, is a helicopter serving as our ‘eye in the sky,’” said Flagler Beach Police Captain Matt Doughney. “The helicopter allows us to identify traffic problems in real time and create solutions that are not easily recognizable at ground level.” The helicopter will be flying after the fireworks.

It's a riot. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

It’s a riot. Click on the image for larger view.
(© FlaglerLive)

In cases requiring an emergency response by Fire Flight, the helicopter may be required to land in a public area or near the beach. Flying drones in or near an emergency helicopter pose a risk to the pilot as well as the general public and under FAA guidelines, unless you have a permit, they’re unlawful in Flagler Beach due to our close proximity to Flagler County Airport. “While the floating sky lanterns may look beautiful, they create a serious conflict with airspace,” Doughney said. “The last thing we need is a pilot dodging flaming lanterns!”

Doughney is also cautioning revelers and visitors: agents with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco will be back in town on July 4, and will be patrolling for underage drinking or drinking in public. Underage drinkers face a civil citation, others face a misdemeanor notice-to-appear, if they are caught drinking. Drinkers impair their judgment, Doughney said. “The last thing we want is a tragedy, so we try to curb underage drinking,” he said.

In addition to help from the state agency, the Flagler Beach Police Department will have the assistance of numerous Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies, one officer from the Bunnell Police Department, and four from Daytona Beach.

Finally, keep in mind that while medical marijuana was legalized in Florida by an overwhelming popular margin, recreational marijuana, alas, is still illegal. So if you must smoke, please do so responsibly (it is safer than drinking) and out of public view, where you are liable to arrest.

Daria Tutino is the reigning 2017 Miss Flagler. (Flagler County Scholarship Pageants)

The annual Miss Flagler County Scholarship pageant, formerly at the Flagler Auditorium, will be held at Veterans Park, taking place at 5:30 p.m. on July 3 with the title of Little Miss Flagler County for ages 5-7, followed by Little Miss Flagler County, ages 8-11, then Miss Junior Flagler County & Miss Flagler County 2018. Younger age divisions begin at 5:30 p.m., the Miss competition begins at 8 p.m. The reigning champion is Daria Tutino.

Palm Coast will have its own Independence Day fireworks show at Town Center’s Central Park. That one will take place on Tuesday, July 3, at 9 p.m., and this year will again be a Santore production (last year the city had contracted with a New York-based company).

The Town Center gathering starts around 5 p.m. with a party around the lake with live entertainment, family fun and games, free prizes, music, dancing, bounce houses, and a cookout. Activities will include face-painting, corn hole and a mini golf putting green. While food and drinks will be available for purchase, coolers and pop-up tents are also allowed. Families are encouraged to arrive early for a huge Palm Coast picnic! There is no charge for entry, parking or participation.

Town Center has its own fireworks show. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Town Center has its own fireworks show. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

There is no gate fee, no parking fees, no seating fee. Bring your own cooler, fill it with beer and other drinks: that, too, is allowed. Bring chairs, bring blankets, bring your pop-up tent, bring your Kindle.

While most people will gather at Central Park, thousands of others can see the fireworks from area parking lots and backyards. Beginning at 5 p.m., the intersection of Lake Avenue and City Place – and its immediate vicinity – will be closed off. That area at the back side of Central Park is where the fireworks will be set off. Barricades will be set up.

For more information about Fireworks in the Park, contact Palm Coast Parks and Recreation at 386/986-2323.

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 Wednesday, 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.

By dawn's early palms. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

By dawn’s early palms. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Guest speakers will be Randall Morris, President of the Flagler Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland. Elected officials from Palm Coast and Flagler County will take part in a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a U.S. Naval cannon will be fired by Ret. Navy Capt. J. Randall Stapleford. The Palm Coast Community Band will perform The Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America, Stars & Stripes Forever and American Anthem. Flagler County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenny Goncalves will be the vocalist for God Bless America. The presentation of colors will be done by the Palm Coast Fire Department Honor Guard, and the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Mayor Holland and the Palm Coast City Council.

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.)

It wouldn't be the same without the eternal Cindy Dalecki. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

It wouldn’t be the same without the eternal Cindy Dalecki. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Parade awards, sponsored by the Flagler Beach Rotary Club, include Trophies Awarded: Best of Parade, Judges Choice, Best Marching Unit, Best Float, Best of Theme, One Trophy for Best of Parade and 1st,2nd, and 3rd categories for all other awards. Winners will be chosen during line up and trophies given out as the entry passes the A Frame at the Pier.

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 include archived comments from previous editions of Independence Day fireworks schedules, with the oldest at the top.

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83 Responses for “Flagler Beach Fireworks and “Freedom For All” Parade on July 4; Palm Coast Fireworks July 3”

  1. blondee says:

    I do wish that Palm Coast would have also scheduled their fireworks for the 4th. The traffic is so horrible in Flagler Beach following the fireworks, it may have alleviated some of the congestion.

  2. happening now says:

    Jax Beach had to cancel 4th Chief said 75,000 to100,000 crowd too much for protection and crowd patrol, plus overtime for all. V ery dangerous situation these days………..

  3. blondee says:

    My point was that if they both held fireworks on the 4th, half may go to Flagler, half to Palm Coast THEREBY alleviating all the Flagler Beach traffic.

  4. Michelle says:

    The only way to alleviate traffic in Flagler Beach would be to close the county down at the borders. Historically, the celebration at the beach has attracted folks from far and wide…. even Palatka!! It is wonderful that so many find their way to this little beachside town (and spend money).
    I thnk it is great the there are fireworks in Palm Coast the day before. There are a lot of folks that avoid Flagler Beach because of the traffic and at least there is an alternative for kids to see fireworks!!

    • Amanda says:

      They don’t spend money here. They bring coolers, litter the beach, behave poorly, and then leave. These out of town viewers are not spending money.

  5. Angela says:

    I’m excited the palm coast fireworks are on the 3rd. I have to work early on the 3rd and on the 5th. Attending the fireworks on the 3rd allows me to sleep in on the 4th and avoid traffic on a night that i need to be to work early the next day… So, yay!

  6. Stacey says:

    Flagler Beach’s epic fireworks show has been a city favorite roughly since the ” Middle Ages”. Really? What were you sources of information or were you just being funny?

    • FlaglerLive says:

      Stacey, our source is a Daytona Beach News-Journal story from July 3, 1211 AD. Otto IV was the grand marshal. The Flagler Beach city fathers thought he could use the consolation (he’d just be excommunicated). The fireworks, incidentally, were imported from Macau that year. Santore and Sons were still lighting up skies in Venice back then.

    • Anonymous says:

      I would guess they were just being funny.

  7. remember says:

    if you go to these events please do not leave anything in your cars cars were broke into all these locations in the last three days

  8. 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 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

  9. natalie says:

    why cant they do the fireworks in palm coast ACTUAL holiday?!.. palm coast always pulls these stunts and has festivities on off days instead of on the holiday itself. if they would have done them both on the 4th it would maybe not ease the traffic, but it wouldn’t be over crowded in any one particular location. i would love to go to town center because it’s around the corner from my house, but i’m not going to go out there tonight, when the 4th of july is, well, on the 4TH OF JULY.

    • Justin says:

      There are only so many qualified people to shoot a show, The racks were being used at the pier, the list goes on. Plus the town is getting a big discount for the show being on Friday! It usually costs 1500 per minute minimum!

    • Disgruntled Trench Worker says:

      Call me Krazy… But, I think the Planners want the festivities to be on a day other than the Holiday so they can all have another reason to be “Off Work” and get paid !… The rest of us poor Blue Collar Workers can’t take advantage of these “Weekday Festivals” and the like because we must work !… Government Workers are over paid and Under Worked !

  10. Michelle says:

    @Anonymouse: when and where are the fireworks on the 3rd? You need to re-read the article.

    @natalie: I guess you were not here two years ago when the City of Flagler Beach threw a ‘hissy fit’ over the fireworks being on the same day.

  11. Steven Sobel says:

    The 3rd of July (yes, that sounds wrong) Fireworks in the Park display was more impressive than I was expecting, but there was a dangerous thunderstorm that was moving in the entire time. There was lightning nearby during the fireworks, and the rain began right after they finished. Whoever was in charge of deciding whether the weather was acceptable cut things really close!

    Here’s some photos of the display for those who didn’t attend, I really enjoyed myself and will be coming back next year!

  12. Deep South says:

    I think it is so great that us residence of Flagler County have the opportunity to attend 2 nights of fireworks display, which my family and friends do. In my 45 years of attending the fireworks here in Flagler County I have never had a problem getting home, usually between 10:30 and 11:00 PM. We usually hang out at the beach after the show, and then drive home. The problem is people are in such a big hurry to leave. I say relax and enjoy yourself.

  13. Bennett says:

    No caps and how long r the fireworks

  14. Ken Dodge says:

    It’s only a matter of time before the Congress declares that ‘Independence Day’ will be observed on the first Monday in July. This will prevent the holiday from falling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays which upsets so many, and will guarantee a 3-day weekend for all.
    But inasmuch as ‘independence’ is now seen as politically INCORRECT, another name will have to be given to it…probably ‘Founder’s Day’ or ‘America Day’.

  15. NortonSmitty says:

    Ken, where did you get that little nugget of “political incorrect” political incorrectness? The Patriot as Victim. Nevermind, we all know.

    But at the end of a beautiful if too hot Independence Day and a nice Fireworks display here in Flagler Beach, I hope we all take the time to reflect on what the hopes were for our country by it’s founders and citizens for at least two centuries. Of all the Founders, I always thought Thomas Paine best described their hope for their new country:

    “Never had a country so many openings to happiness as this.
    Her setting out in life, like the rising of a fair morning, was unclouded and promising.
    Her cause was good.
    Her principles just and liberal. Her temper serene and firm.
    Her conduct regulated by the nicest steps, and
    Everything about her wore the mark of honor.
    It is not every country that can boast so fair an origin.”

    Wow. When was the last time we heard one of our Ruling Class speak of such things? I mean when was the last time we believed them when they did. Certainly not when W. said it. For that level of cynicism, we should have listened to the words of one of our greatest poets born a century later, Carl Sandburg when he warned us:

    “ For we know when a country goes down and never comes back, when a society or a civilization perishes, one condition may always be found, they forgot where they came from ~ they lost sight of what brought them along”

    Which brings us to what I consider one of the few wise patriotic philosophers in America these days, Bill Moyers who recently said:

    “Thomas Jefferson got it right when he wrote about “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” as the core of our human aspirations. But he lived it wrong, denying to others the rights he claimed for himself. And that’s how Jefferson came to embody the oldest and longest war of all ~ the war between the self and the truth, between what we know and how we live.”

    And that quite simply is Amerika’s on going current war ~ between what we choose to believe and the truth and what we know in our hearts and how we live with the dichotomy.

    One more Poet/Patriot I admire, Bob Dylan

    “And it’s sundown on our Union
    and what’s made in the USA.
    Sure was a good idea,
    ’til greed got in the way.”

    Happy Independence day.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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!

  20. 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?

  21. 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 !!!!!!

  22. Ron says:

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

  23. 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

  24. 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 !!!!

    • L.D. Ablo says:

      The fireworks were produced by Fireworks by Santore,not Santore & Sons.
      Same great family,different companies.

  25. Seminole Pride says:

    Wow ! I love it, three days to celebrate our Nations Birthday !! Way to go Flagler Beach and Palm Coast !!

  26. Blinded by the Light says:

    Palm Coast has fireworks every night when the Red Light Cameras start flashing!

  27. PC LOVER says:


  28. Stormy says:

    Don’t make NO difference people. There will be NO fireworks this July 4th…..HURRICANE is coming in !


    Almost as much fun as watching the fireworks over the ocean is walking a half block back to our apartments and watching the Dodgems from our balcony.

    You get some pretty hilarious vignettes when half-drunk, half-dressed pedestrians stumble into the path of a car that hasn’t moved in 10 minutes.Drivers honk — as if they were about to “run down” the miscreant pedestrian — and get a drunken tirade for their trouble.

  30. Seminole Pride says:

    I was just down at the beach, and I saw signs that said “No Fireworks Allowed On Beach. ” But when I go down to the beach to watch the fireworks, people are shooting fireworks off all up and down the beach. What gives ?

  31. PC LOVER says:

    STORMY…. Sorry the fireworks are a go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. confidential says:

    Happy 2014 Birthday America the Beautiful with freedom and justice for all. My home sweet home!

  33. Carl says:

    You`d think over all these years they`d of built more bridges instead of more empty shopping centers to alleviate traffic back and forth to beach , especially for times of evacuation , the way it is now the hrs spent trying to cross them two bridges if another wild fire like in the early 80`s started , thousands would die , these counsel members only build stuff they can syphon money off , never anything we want or need , bunch of crooks!!!

    • Seminole Pride says:

      @ Carl. Never heard of a fire jumping the Intracoastal, West side of the Intracoastal have far more evaluations routes then we did in the ’80’s.

      • Rob says:

        The southern fire in 1985 (the one the burned homes in Seminole Woods and Korona) did jump the Intracoastal Waterway in the area of High Bridge Road.

  34. Lt. Pizzo says:

    Remember good citizens of Palm Coast….When the “cats ” away, the mice will play . Residential burglaries sky rockets on July 4.

  35. David S says:

    Ron how right you are,dont complain just enjoy yourself people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. David B says:

    We are so fortunate to now have 2 nights of Fireworks.

  37. Devrie says:

    Awe! I wanted to be able to go to Town Center because it’s not as far a drive. Our county is so big yet so small. Welp. I missed the Town Center one. It is kind of neat that they have it it on two days, in different places I suppose. Not everyone is off only on the weekends, and Anonymous made a good point about staffing for these events.

    The Flagler Beach fourth is our county’s Gem, though. It’s been my favorite scene since I was five years old. Our county has grown significantly, though, so I guess we’re all stuffing ourselves into a small bit of A1A to get that great scene. I wonder why it’s so difficult for us to have two events simultaneously. I’m not trying to complain, but it’s just that the county has changed and grown so much over the years it seems like have to events on the fourth of July (the actual holiday) should be the norm.

    Well anyway, Happy Independence Day everyone!! We’re one crazy, unique, progressing, still-young, beautiful nation!! Cheers to our future!

  38. Lancer says:

    Tremendous job by both Palm Coast and Flagler Beach this year! Great, great shows! Kids and family, thoroughly, enjoyed them.

    It was great seeing how crowded and excited everyone was. Yes, traffic was a nightmare but, who cares…it’s Independence Day!

    Believe me, one extra hour is not an inconvenience when you consider there are people serving overseas, doing hard jobs in hard places for our country. Perspective, man.

  39. Born and Raised Here says:

    So glad they’re on separate nights. Flagler Beach should have priority since they had the Fireworks before Palm Coast.

  40. DaveT says:

    For those that are upset about the fireworks and the nights they are held at Flagler Beach or in Palm Coast, just don’t go. Stay home.

    Now about people shooting fireworks on the beaches, they do it all the way from Moody in Marineland Acres all the way south to Ormond. Its been going on for years and years and years.

  41. Erik says:

    To those who say out of towners just bring trash and do not spend money — get a life! Look around you. Do you really believe our little community supports all these restaurants, businesses and activities? Tourism is sharing what we find beautiful. The fact you can enjoy it all the time is a blessing. Appreciate the blessing. Let others appreciate it too. A few will absent-mindedly leave trash. That is the cost of tourism. WE ARE FORTUNATE

  42. dee says:

    Agree with the comment they do not bring money here at Flagler Beach. They bring coolers full of beer sandwiches and trash our beach. I hate 4th of July for this reason. I’m a Flagler beach local born and raised and once again I will be, along with other locals, cleaning up our beach after. It surely won’t be our lifeguards, they walk right by trash and care more about talking to girls. What a joke they are!

  43. PJ says:

    Celebrate America, spend time with your family, enjoy the beautiful gift of ” The City of Flagler Beach,” you will “awe” at the big booms and flashes just like a little kid and it is free.

    So stop complaining that there is nothing to do around here……….PJ

  44. Anonymous says:

    What time does everything start in town center today?

  45. Jackie says:

    All the negativity on this site and on the Palm Coast swip swap sites makes this town seem like it is loaded with druggies and crackheads, miserable people, thugs, and psychos. Palm Coast is such a beautiful city what a shame the people aren’t beautiful as well. Oh and while i’m at it, all the junkies who speed and text on the road make it a dangerous place to live.

  46. Yvonne says:

    The fireworks started early. That makes a lot of folks miss the beginning.

  47. Jana DiNatale says:

    Flagler Beach Fireworks start at 9:15? HA…TRY again! They ended at 9:15. What a crock of crap!

  48. The Truth says:

    Is there ever a day where people stop bitching and complaining and look around and enjoy what they have. It seems every post, regardless of what the article is about, the comments are filled with whiners and complainers. Everyone take a deep breath and enjoy what you have in your life.

  49. damien says:

    Hats Off to Larry Newsome!!!

    Realtively new S section homowner, been hearing about how Good Flagler pier fireworx are but what a nightmare it is to try to even get near them… So I was kind of phyched to see the new guy at flagler city hall Larry Newsome organize mass transport shuttles, what a great idea! I said this year were going!

    10 minute drive from home got there at the old food lion with wife and 4 year old daughter and 3 chairs and a small cooler, hopped right on a bus that was more like a limo, flat screen hollywood action movie blastiong, sumptous leather chairs, it was a rolling party! Bam at the beach! One of the best fireworx displays viewed from the beach 100 yards north of the pier, second to none except maybe Macys NYC (which you cannot get anywhere near)… Thanks Larry for that Memory, we’ll be eating at more Flagler beach restaraunts in future to pay you back.

    Heres what ruined the night.

    The shuttle buses were stuck in the same quagmire of traffic. no leniency from local PD. Local PD should have had a HOV lane for high occupancy vehicles. 500-1,000 people waiting to get back to their cars for 1.5 hours in line, no bathrooms, no nothing while the busses were mired in a cluster of poor planning.

    Completely unacceptable. Next year I would like to see much better coordination between Flagler PD and event organizers. To have a epic night ruined by cops that cant maintain any order on the streets, I shudder to think what would have happened if someone had a stroke… Maybe the chopper overhead would have landed I dont know but that was a couple hours of hell, listening to people making plans to abandon their chairs and just walk over the bridge to their cars, Good Luck with that!

    Look it was a first year offering shuttles, so theres gonna be bugs in the system, Larry we’re counting on you to work them out because I want to go again next year Sir! same shuttle crew and vehicles just better prep with police traffic control, and the night would have been perfect.


  50. Christine kraus says:

    I’m shocked the City of Palm Coast didn’t go with a local business for their fireworks!! The City manager is ALWAYS trying to bring in new businesses to Palm Coast and Flagler and then to turn around and not support them?? REALLY!!!

  51. doyle lewis says:

    Just do not be late…

  52. JM says:

    Happy 4th everyone! Just wanted to be the first to say it! Yes there will be bad traffic on Flagler tonight, expect it and just enjoy the ride, be happy!

  53. Tired of it says:

    Went to the fireworks in PC last night and was very disappointed. Bring back Santore. They do a much better job..

  54. Hopeful says:

    People sure love to complain.

  55. George Anderson says:

    “Finally, keep in mind that while medical marijuana was legalized in Florida since last July 4, and by an overwhelming popular margin, recreational marijuana, alas, is still illegal. So if you must smoke, please do so responsibly (it is safer than drinking) and out of public view, where you are liable to arrest.”

    Wow! On one hand you say it’s illegal (recreational marijuana) and then say if you must smoke do it responsibly! Amazing! Encouraging people to break the law? And, it’s safer than drinking?? Really? According to who?

    • FlaglerLive says:

      There was a time when interracial marriage was illegal in 29 states, Florida among them, and gay marriage illegal in all of them. We would no less have encouraged those marriages then as we encourage smoking weed responsibly now. Some laws are too idiotic to complicitly and silently accept without making the occasional effort to expose their absurdities. As to pot as a safer alternative, aside from the fact that about 80,000 deaths are associated with booze every year, and none with pot, see the five or six links above for more details. Reefer madness is not a valid counter-argument unless you’re under the influence of government propaganda.

  56. fredrick says:

    FlaglerLive—- 100% agree with your comment!!

  57. Wishful Thinking says:

    As always Flaglerlive thank you for ‘lighting up’ Flagler County almost as much as the fabulous amazing breathtaking fireworks did. The air-conditioned coach ride from the ‘born again’ shopping plaza to the park was first class and we could not have been more proud and happy July 4th to be Flagler County residents – and to Flagler Beach – the county would be nothin’ without you guys who perfectly planned and carried out one of the best July 4ths we ever enjoyed.

  58. Mark says:

    @ Jim R says, It’s a Constitutional Republic not a democracy.

  59. Vinny says:

    Don’t go to Flagler Beach on July 4………I had a dream something terrible happened ! They ran out of alcohol and the place went crazy…Riots, Killings, Fires……No one could get out or over the bridge. It was horrible , hundreds dead, thousands injured. National Guard was called in landed from helicopters. My GOD it looked like a War zone.

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