Kickoff the summer and Memorial Day weekend at the 8th Annual Great American Beach Party on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach near A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.
The free event will transform a portion of Fort Lauderdale Beach into an entertainment mecca, featuring music, live performances, and activities for the entire family including a kids zone, sand castle contest, an art show, and a free movie showing on the beach!
Six bands will perform on two stages throughout the day treating crowds to a variety of rock 'n' roll, country, funk, dance favorites, and more. Featured artists will include: Swahili Band, Pitbull of Blues, Rogue Theory, Shane Duncan Band, Stall 4, and Pocket Change.
At 4:45 p.m., the Great American Beach Party welcomes country music icon Lee Greenwood for an exclusive Great American Beach Party engagement. Lee Greenwood is an ICON in country music, with more than 30 albums to his credit. In fact, MCA released an album in 2013 called ICON. With seven #1 songs and 25 charted singles his hits include: “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands,” ”She’s Lyin,” “I don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going Going Gone,” “You Got A Good Love Comin,” “Fools Gold,” and “Mornin Ride.” Several cross over hits include, “Touch & Go Crazy,” “IOU,” and the duet with Barbara Mandrell, “To Me.” An additional duet with Suzie Boggus, “Hopelessly Yours,” was nominated for a Grammy. The CD “American Patriot”, recorded & released in 1992, went Platinum in 3 months. Lee Greenwood has won numerous industry awards including, Male Vocalist of the year for the Academy of Country Music in 1983, two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, 1983 & 1984 and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.” He also won CMA Song of the Year in 1985 for writing “God Bless the USA.” The song, “God Bless the USA” has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America. The singer knows first-hand what it’s like to have loved ones fighting for the freedom of all Americans as his father served in the Navy & the Merchant Marine in World War II. “USA” is now part of the film for Homeland Security shown when swearing in new citizens to the United States. “God Bless the USA” went far beyond what Greenwood expected when he wrote it in the back of his tour bus in 1983. The song has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat.
Award-winning LivingSand artist and sculptor John May returns to present the Great American Sand Sculpting Contest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the beach from Poinsettia Street to Cortez Street. No experience is necessary to participate in this spirited, friendly competition that has become an annual favorite among families, children, neighborhoods, and businesses. Prizes will be awarded for best sand sculptures in a variety of categories.
CLASSIC CAR SHOW
Automobile enthusiasts won't want to miss the Great American Classic Car Show, presented by Keith's Rods and Customs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More than 70 custom classics will line both sides of A1A from Cortez Street to Castillo Street giving beach-goers an up close look at a unique collection of vintage hot rods, rag tops, roadsters and muscle cars.
FAMILY FUN ZONE
Activities for children and adults will include music and dancing; face painting; hula-hoop, limbo and Twister contests; water balloon tosses; beach water slides and bounce houses; a cornhole tournament; life-size board games; Florida wildlife exhibits; and much more.
In observance of Memorial Day Weekend, a military tribute will take place to honor the men and women who serve our country in the United States Armed Forces. Details TBA
WALK OF FAME INDUCTION
Each year, individuals who have made significant contributions to the progress and advancement of our City are honored at the Great American Beach Party with induction into the Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame, which is located along the east side of A1A at Las Olas Boulevard. The official Walk of Fame induction ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on the south stage, located at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. Each honoree receives a commemorative marble paver placed in the Walk of Fame to memorialize their outstanding accomplishments.
Stress-Free Transportation Options
The Great American Beach Party offers plenty of stress free, convenient transportation options including a bike valet, flat rate parking at City lots, the Sun Trolley, and even water transportation provided by the Water Taxi and Water Shuttle.
THE BIKE VALET IS BACK!
Back by popular demand, the Great American Beach Party offers a FREE bike valet from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the foot of the Las Olas Bridge. Exercise, relieve traffic congestion, and promote sustainability by bicycling to the beach for all of the Great American Beach Party festivities! The Bike Valet is provided by the City of Fort Lauderdale Parking Services Department.
WATER SHUTTLE AND WATER TAXI SERVICES
Get to the Great American Beach Party stress free by parking in downtown Fort Lauderdale and hopping aboard designated event shuttles. Downtown parking is available for a $5 flat rate at:
City Park Garage, 150 S.E. 2nd Street
County Garage, 151 S.W. 2nd Street
One River Plaza, 305 S. Andrews Avenue
AutoNation Building, 200 S.W. 1st Avenue
The Water Shuttle and Water Taxis both depart from Las Olas Riverfront, located at 300 S.W. 1st Avenue
• Runs 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Round Trip: $5 per person (Active military, seniors 65 and over, and kids under 3 are free.)
• Water Shuttle departs on the hour.
• Water Taxi departs every 30 minutes.
The Sun Trolley will be picking up eventgoers at the City Park Garage, located at 150 S.E. 2nd Street. Drop-off will be at the Las Olas Marina, 240 E. Las Olas Circle. Fares are $1 each way or $3 for an all-day pass. The Sun Trolley will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Track Sun Trolley in real time by downloading the app at SunTrolley.com.