Stephanie Immelman, Interim Director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC), invites the public to a longstanding tradition – a day-long July Fourth celebration that will offer seven hours of live entertainment and end with the best fireworks in South Florida, an audience-wowing pyrotechnic display that is expected to last up to 25 minutes. Presented by the City of Delray Beach and produced by the DBMC and Parks and Rec, this year’s celebration is expected to draw more than 100,000 flag-waving visitors and include everything from professional sand castle builders to an Extreme Volleyball Professionals match on the beach, children’s activities to a beautiful baby bathing- suit contest, and live music featuring several bands on A1A, including The Long Run, the top Eagles cover band in Florida to the new Splash Zone. Complete details can be found at www.julyfourthdelraybeach.com. “No matter who comes out, they’ll find their fun,” adds Jarrod White, events marketing coordinator for the DBMC. “We have the best fireworks, and lots of interactive live entertainment that will keep you dancing. Best of all, the event is free to the public and open to everyone.” The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with the annual sand-sculpting contest on the north end of the public beach, hosted by the Rotary Club of Delray Beach Sunrise. Visitors are welcome to come and watch construction of some amazing creations for the contest, which concludes at noon. New this year will be the creation of 3D chalk art, with chalk artists beginning the creation of their masterpiece, also about 8 a.m. Nearby children of all ages will be encouraged to create their own chalk art. At 2:30 p.m., the celebration at Atlantic Avenue and State Road A1A kicks into full gear with the raising of the 60-foot American flag over Atlantic Avenue and the singing of the national anthem. Vendors offering food and merchandise will be set up throughout the area, and many local merchants will be open to accommodate visitors. Music is a big part of the annual 4th of July celebration in Delray Beach, with the main stage at the Intersection of A1A and Atlantic Avenue hosting an eclectic variety of entertainment. The music kicks off at 4 p.m. with Tony Succar and the Mixtura Band. At 5 p.m. the rock and blues band Son of Man will take the stage, with headliners The Long Run performing from 6 to 8 p.m. The outstanding No Bodies Crew, a creative urban entertainment dance group that will amaze the crowd, will lead up to the fireworks. As 9 p.m. approaches, the crowds will continue to gather for the fireworks, which this year will be launched from the beach at a new location – a few blocks south of Atlantic Avenue – which is wider than other areas, thanks to the recent beach restoration project. Created by Boca Raton based Zambelli fireworks, this year’s show will be about 10 minutes longer than last year’s display and will be the grand finale of an outstanding celebration. Once again, the display will be choreographed to music, and will be simulcast on Sunny 107.9 FM.