Top 10 Things You Need To Know This July In Delray Beach

  1. Celebrate the Fourth of July in Delray Beach. Patriotic festivities begin at 5 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. at the beach. Even with the beach construction, you can still expect a celebration with a sandcastle contest, live music and fireworks from the north side of the beach at 9 p.m. Expect road closures on A1A beginning at 2 p.m.
  2.  Vin Nolan and Donald Schneider will serve as interim co-CEOs of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce until the board names a permanent replacement. Karen Granger offered her resignation as CEO and president on May 31.
  3.  The Delray Affair was named the No. 2 most popular parades and festivals in South Florida by BizBash, which announced its top 100 events for South Florida recently. The list is based on the event’s influence within the industry, in addition to innovation, reach and economic impact.
  4.  Old School Square’s Craft Cocktails Sizzlin’ Summer Social Series continues with Rum, Rhythm & Rumba on July 8 from 8 to 10 p.m at the Fieldhouse. Purchase your tickets by July 6 to sip rum drinks and learn how to rumba, salsa and swing with help from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Tickets cost $45 per person.
  5.  Sushi and Stroll takes place on July 14 at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens . Presented by JM Lexus, the event features local food trucks and Japanese snacks. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $6 for kids. There is an additional $3 fee for taiko drumming performances (6:30pm, 7:15pm, & 8:00pm), sold first-come first-served during the event.
  6.  Delray Beach has been honored by national nonprofit KaBOOM! with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the second time. Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills. These communities are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents. The 2017 Playful City USA recognition includes 258 communities from across the nation that make it as easy as possible for kids to play. In total, these communities feature more than 14,000 safe and engaging play spaces that serve more than 4 million kids.
  7.  Delray Fire Rescue will receive four Segways for use during city events. The CRA will pay for the Segways, which are estimated to cost no more than $56,000. The Segways will help fire rescue personnel reach an emergency situation faster through large crowds.
  8.  All patients covered under Humana’s commercial and Medicare health insurance will have in-network access to all Tenet Healthcare hospitals, sister facilities, physician clinics and hospital-affiliated outpatient centers. The new agreement includes Delray Medical Center.
  9.  Country star Kenny Chesney has named Boston’s on the Beach as one of his “Bar at the End of the World” on his weekly SiriusXM program that spotlights his favorite watering holes across the world. “If you want real on the coast of Florida,” Chesney said, “Boston’s on the Beach is a good place to find it. People are friendly, the beer is cold, and everybody just soaks up all that living and forgets about their problems for a while.”
  10.  Sandoway Discovery Center has received a three-year, $62,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Grant funds will be used to support Sandoway’s Junior Naturalist Program, helping to launch a new interactive, environmental class Our Changing Earth.  The class on climate change, sea level rise and recycling will be offered to students in grades K-8 emphasizing Sunshine State Science Standards.