Top 10 things you need to know in Boca Raton this July

  1. Boca Raton library card holders have free access to, an online tool that teaches different skills, thanks to a donation from the Friends of the Boca Raton Library. The online video courses help job seekers, employers and those who just want to learn about business. The program is available at any time, which allows people to learn when they want. There are more than 4,200 instructional videos on graphic design, web development and business strategies. To learn more about this online resource, visit
  2. The city will present its Fabulous Fourth Celebration on Monday, July 4 at deHoernle Park/Spanish River Sports Complex, 1000 NW Spanish River Boulevard, starting at 6:30 pm. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Activities will include a 24-feet high Klime Wallz challenge, one of only a few in the country; giant slides; rides; carnival games; for purchase: food trucks; carnival food and children’s crafts. At 7 p.m., the All-Star Band will take the stage, playing classic rock n’ roll tunes from the 60’s through the 80’s. Free parking at nearby public parking lots including Boca Corporate Center and the City of Boca Raton Public Library. A complimentary shuttle service will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run continuously until 10:15 p.m. from the Boca Corporate Center.
  3. Palm Beach County Commissioners secured grant funding from the State Bureau of Emergency Services to purchase emergency medical equipment. Boca Raton will receive 10 Buckeye Camera Systems. The new cameras will provide a 360-degree view around the ambulance/medic unit to enhance safety at the scene, the hospital and the station. They cost$28,500.
  4. Florida Atlantic University was recently presented with the Governor’s Higher Education Leadership Award for Most Improved University in Performance Funding. Gov. Rick Scott presented the award to FAU President John Kelly and FAU Board of Trustees Chair Anthony Barbar at the Degrees to Jobs Summit in Orlando.
  5. Boca property owners may have seen a reduction in insurance rates. The city has been ranked in the top .003 percentile of fire districts across the country, which means commercial property owners could receive up to a 3-percent reduction in rates.
  6. Lynn University is preparing to go smoke- and tobacco-free on Aug. 1. The university will join about 1,500 other smoke-free and tobacco-free campuses. The decision was a student-led initiative.
  7. The downtown Boca Raton Public Library is hosting a national exhibit on Abraham Lincoln from July 8 to Aug. 5. Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times is a national traveling exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This exhibition has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  8. Check out the city’s Hurricane Planning Guide online at and sign up for alerts from the city. Hurricane season lasts through Nov. 30. Proposed names for storms include Earl, Hermine, Otto and Shary. Unused names may be reused in 2022.
  9. In advance of International Justice Day, Child Rescue Coalition will host a community service event from 2 to 5 p.m. on July 8 at their Boca Raton office, 4530 Conference Way S. In order to provide comfort to child abuse victims, volunteers will assemble teddy bear care packages. Lunch and community service hours will be provided. Child Rescue Coalition will also accept donations of teddy bears during the event. To register, email
  10. Several Boca Raton schools will have new principals for the upcoming school year. Boca Raton Community High School will welcome Dr. Suzanne King, Calusa Elementary School will welcome Dianne Rivelli-Schreiber and Loggers’ Run Community Middle School will welcome Edmund Capitano.