LAKE WORTH — Looking for a few cool things to do this summer in the city?
Check out these upcoming events.
3rd of July Star Spangled Band Showcase
The details: Can’t wait for July 4 to get your Independence Day groove on? Well, the city is hosting this pre-July 4th party at the Cultural Plaza. The bands include Sunny South, Rogue Theory and Jahzilla. The music starts at 5 p.m. One of the bands will be chosen to perform at the July 4 concert.
Why it’s cool: Music on a Monday that will feel more like a Friday because Tuesday is a holiday. Got all that?
The 16th Annual Great American Raft Race
The details: A beloved city tradition as a group of competitive rafters battle for supremacy and bragging rights for an entire year. The race starts at 1 p.m. on July 4 at Bryant Park Boat Ramps. The day’s fun actually starts at 11:30 a.m. when the annual Raft Parade begins and where residents proudly march down Lake Avenue to the Intracoastal Waterway carrying their makeshift rafts.
Why it’s cool: It’s like a colorful version of the Olympics.
July 4th Independence Day Celebration
The details: After the rafters have done their thing, it’s time to settle in for some music, food, and, of course, fireworks at Bryant Park. Acts on tap include The Gravel Kings, JM and The Sweets, Showcase Winner, Brothers of Others and Matthew Curry. The skies will be lit up at 9 p.m.
Why it’s cool: One word: fireworks
“Screen on the Green ‘17”
The details: Free movies at the Cultural Plaza. Upcoming movie are: “The Secret Life of Pets” (July 14); “The Book of Life” (July 28); “Finding Dory” (Aug. 4). All movies start at dusk.
Why it’s cool: Did you see the word, “free?’
“Build a Better World”
The details: Lake Worth Public Library’s summer reading program for kids aged 5-10 on Saturdays (June 17, 24; July 8, 15, 22). Each book a kid reads goes into his or her reading log. The kids bring their logs in each week to earn a prize.
Why it’s cool: Books and learning. ‘Nuff said.
Art Al Fresco
The details: Original works by artists from The Lake Worth Art League are on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lake Worth Beach. Only one summer day for this event and that’s July 1, so mark your calendars.
Why it’s cool: Who doesn’t love looking at gorgeous art with a gorgeous ocean as the backdrop? Grinch-y people, that’s who.