Get ready to kick off the summer with live bands, vintage cars, unique art, outstanding entertainment, and fun in the sun for everyone! It’s all happening on Fort Lauderdale Beach at the City’s Great American Beach Party on Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.
Now in its fifth year, the Great American Beach Party has grown into one of Fort Lauderdale’s most anticipated events, attracting tens of thousands of families, residents and visitors for a full day of exciting activities and entertainment. The free event showcases world famous Fort Lauderdale beach, provides local businesses with an added economic boost, and strengthens Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as a “must see” destination.
This year, seven bands will perform on two stages throughout the day treating crowds to a variety of classic oldies, rock n’ roll hits, country favorites, ’60s chart toppers, jazz, rhythm & blues, and more. Featured artists will include the Piro Band (Rock n’ Roll);Ciara Rae (Country); Nicole McCloud (Dance/R&B); Riverside Dixieland Band (Jazz);Cutback Surf Band (Surf Rock); Danny Garcia Guitar Duo (Acoustic Soft Rock); and a special performance by headlining act The Atlantic City Boys (’60s).
Award-winning LivingSand artist and sculptor John May returns to present the Great American Sand Sculpting Contest from 10 a.m. – 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.
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 8:00 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.
From noon to 5 p.m., celebrity DJ William Pennhouse will bring his one-of-a-kind interactive entertainment to the expanded Family Fun Zone, located on the beach at Poinsettia Street. Activities for children and adults will include music; face painting; hula-hoop, limbo and Twister contests; along with a water balloon toss, beach water slide, bounce house, and a new Cornhole Tournament.
Highlights of the Great American Beach Party will also include displays and exhibits from more than 20 well-known and up-and-coming local artists, community booths, collectibles, and plenty of food and beverages.
In commemoration of Memorial Day Weekend, a military tribute will take place at 2:30 p.m. to honor the men and women who serve our country in the United States Armed Forces. The tribute will be highlighted by a precision freefall parachute drill performed by the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team. This team of skilled Para-Commandoes will skydive from 12,500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and land on a target positioned in the sand at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A.
Each year, individuals who have made significant contributions to the progress and advancement of the 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 6:15 p.m. on the south stage, located at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A.
This year’s Walk of Fame honorees are legendary restaurateur and community advocate John Amodeo; the late Jerome “Jerry” Faber, longtime president of the world famous Jungle Queen; and the late “Crazy” Gregg Newell, the Father of Spring Break. Each honoree will each receive a commemorative marble paver placed in the Walk of Fame to memorialize their outstanding accomplishments.
At 7:30 p.m., get ready to break out your vintage suit and skinny ties as the City of Fort Lauderdale welcomes the acclaimed Atlantic City Boys to South Florida for an exclusive engagement at the Great American Beach Party.
With incredible talent, smooth choreography, and non-stop energy and excitement, the Atlantic City Boys have gained a national following performing crowd pleasing shows at major venues and events across the country.
The group’s action-packed sets feature chart-topping Broadway hits, along with a repertoire of classic favorites from the ’60s and ’70s from leading artists including the Four Seasons, Bee Gees, Rat Pack, Beach Boys, Beatles, Neil Diamond and more!
Eventgoers are encouraged to get to the Great American Beach Party stress free by parking in downtown Fort Lauderdale and hopping aboard the Water Taxi or Anticipation Yacht. Water shuttle stations will be located in downtown at Las Olas Riverfront, 300 S.W. 1st Avenue, and on the beach at Las Olas Marina, 240 E. Las Olas Circle. Round trip fares are only $5. Active military, seniors 65 and over, and kids under 3 are free. Water shuttles will operate from 9 am – 11 pm on the day of the event, with the Anticipation Yacht departing on the hour and Water Taxis departing every 30 minutes.
Motorists are reminded that the following traffic restrictions will be in effect for the Great American Beach Party:
– A1A will be closed from Las Olas Boulevard north to Castillo Street from 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 24 to 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 25.
– Northbound traffic on A1A will be detoured west onto Las Olas Boulevard, north on Birch Road, east on Bayshore Drive, and back north onto A1A.
– Alhambra Street, Seville Street, and Granada Street will be open to local traffic only.
– Heavy traffic and delays are expected from S.E. 17th Street north to Bayshore Drive. Motorists should avoid the area and seek alternate travel routes where possible.
The Great American Beach Party is sponsored by the Broward County Cultural Division, City of Fort Lauderdale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Budweiser, Sparkling ICE, and Magic 102.7.
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