WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Cleanup is in progress after a full day of Fourth of July celebrations throughout our area.
A large number of individuals attended one of the biggest Independence Day events in South Florida, 4th on Flagler in downtown West Palm Beach.
West Palm Beach Police Department officers and private security personnel were present throughout the area to ensure safety.
The police department urged attendees to report any suspicious activity by sending photos or videos to the department’s emergency communication center using the Safer Watch free app, which was first introduced during the SunFest music festival last spring.
Many families expressed gratitude for the increased security measures while enjoying America’s birthday.
“We feel safe. I’m glad we can freely enjoy ourselves outside with everyone else,” said resident Zikha Jenkins to CBS12 News.
Victor Rodriguez, a father from Palm Beach County, remarked, “The first thing we noticed when we arrived was the heightened police presence. Thank you to the West Palm Police Department.”
Earlier in the day, a U.S. Army Band took the stage and performed traditional patriotic songs.
Service member Randy Rosario reflected on the significance of the day, saying, “I take great pride. I’m very proud of this country and what we’re currently doing. It makes me proud to be an American.”
It was another scorching day. Several groups of families arrived early to secure a good spot in the shade.
The event included a military honor ceremony, a kids’ entertainment area, and various food and refreshment options.
The night concluded with an impressive 18-minute fireworks display over the Intracoastal Waterway.