Get ready to kick off the summer with live music, 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 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. Now in its ninth year, the free Great American Beach Party features a full day of exciting activities and entertainment for the entire family.
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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 BeachParty 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 10a.m. to 5 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
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrity DJ William Pennhouse will bring his one-of-a-kind non-stop energy and excitement to the expanded Family Fun Zone, located on the beach at Poinsettia Street. 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 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 free-fall parachute jump and tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces by the SOCOM Para-Commandos. In an extraordinary display of timing, accuracy, and precision maneuvering, the Para-Commandos will skydive from 12,500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and land on targets positioned in the sand at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A.
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.
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 1:30 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. For a complete list of past winners, click here. 2018 winners will be posted soon.
Click on the photo below to view our 2017 photo gallery!
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.
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 flat rate at:
- City Park Garage, 150 S.E. 2nd Street ($5)
- County Garage, 151 S.W. 2nd Street ($5)
- One River Plaza, 305 S. Andrews Avenue ($7)
The Water Shuttle and Water Taxis both depart from Briny Riverfront Pub, located at 305 S.W. Andrews Avenue
• Runs 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Round Trip: $5 per person, $2 seniors (Active military and kids under 3 are free.)
• Departs every 15 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.
The following Traffic Restrictions will be in effect for the Great American Beach Party. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and seek alternate travel routes where possible.
-A1A will be closed from Las Olas Boulevard north to Castillo Street from 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 26 to 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 27.
-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.
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Great American Beach Party is co-sponsored by Broward County's Cultural Division, Budweiser, the City of Fort Lauderdale's Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tropic Ocean Airways, and 102.7 The Beach.