CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH PLANS FOR SOCIALLY SAFE DIY 4TH OF JULY
In lieu of the City’s annual 4th on Flagler celebration, the City of West Palm Beach is encouraging residents to stay at home and have a socially safe DIY 4th of July. The City rolled out tutorials to help patriots party at home and host their own “POP” – a party on their porch. The grand finale will be a fireworks show after 9 p.m. The fireworks will NOT be on Flagler Drive, and all waterfront activities are cancelled. Instead, the brightly colored bursts will be ignited from two undisclosed locations. All West Palm Beach residents will be able to see the fireworks either by looking up at the sky or through the City’s partnership with WPBF 25. The station’s “Project CommUNITY: Fireworks from Home” will start at 9 p.m. and includes a special program, as well as a live broadcast of the City’s fireworks as the finale. This event marks the end of the City’s 125th anniversary celebration.
WPBF 25 can be viewed on Comcast channel 10 and 431, on Direct TV/Dish Network/AT&T U-Verse channel 25, and over the air on channel 25-1. The broadcast will also be streamed live on www.wpbf.com and in the WPBF 25 News App.
The DIY Event Guide content will help people host their own celebration using common and inexpensive household items. Everyone is encouraged to post pictures and videos of their POP to social media, using #WPBTogether, to join the virtual DIY 4th of July fun. To encourage participation the Downtown Development Authority is running a contest for the best POP. To enter, snap a picture of your decorated patio or porch, then share your photo on Instagram with hashtags #DowntownWPB AND #WPBPorchParty, from now until Friday, July 3. Residents will then be entered to win a $200 prize. Post must be PUBLIC to enter and the winner will be based on number of LIKES. Anyone can enter. The DIY 4th of July Event Guide videos include:
· Fireworks centerpiece
· Uncle Sam hat made from The Palm Beach Post
· Giant loop flag
· Patriotic star garland
· Uncle Sam from popsicle sticks
· Beachy flag
· Paper fireworks
Additionally, the campaign encourages residents to support local businesses by ordering takeout through West Palm Beach Eats as part of staging their POP.
The DIY fun continues all weekend with a DIY post POP cleanup through Visit Palm Beach. Located downtown at 141 South Flagler Drive, "The Hut" on the Waterfront, Visit is offering half-off kayak rentals for anyone who wants to take a waste bag, gloves and a grabber to collect trash while on their excursion. Visit is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 5. Use promo code DIY5th to access the savings. Whoever collects the most garbage will win a sunset cruise for two. Visit www.visitpalmbeach.com or call 561-881-9757.