Flo Rida to headline day of Fourth of July festivities in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The city of Fort Lauderdale is gearing up to celebrate the Fourth of July.

As families flock to beaches to watch the fireworks, safety is at the front of officials’ minds.

Crews on Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Boulevard Monday were putting on the finishing touches for Tuesday’s big Fourth of July show, with a big star set to grace the stage leading into the spectacular fireworks display.

The holiday headliner is South Florida’s own rapper Flo Rida.

“He’s all Florida, all the time,” said Danielle Collins.

He’ll perform at 7:30 p.m. leading into the dazzling fireworks display at 8:45 p.m.

That’s not all.

The event will be filled with activities for all ages. Beginning at noon, expect a DJ, arts and crafts and even a water slide.

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There will be street closures that go into effect at 6 a.m.

Las Olas Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic between Sea Breeze Boulevard and A1A.

With the closures and crowds, city officials recommend taking other forms of transportation instead of driving.

“We have our Micro Mover with Circuit, just download the Ride Circuit app, they can pick you up anywhere in the city as long as it’s in the coverage area,” said Arlene Borenstein with the City of Fort Lauderdale. “We also have the Water Taxi and of course any ride share will help.”

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Expect large crowds at Miami-Dade events as well, especially at Bayfront Park and at Tropical Park.

It’s important to note that law enforcement will be enhanced for the holiday.

Fort Lauderdale police will increase staffing, as will Hollywood police in light of the Memorial Day mass shooting, all in the name of safety to make sure everyone has a happy Fourth of July.

“I love Fort Lauderdale, love the beach, anyone who hasn’t been here you need to come on down,” said Collins.

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Sanela Sabovic joined Local 10 News in September 2012 as an assignment editor and associate producer. In August 2015, she became a full-time reporter and fill-in traffic reporter. Sanela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in radio, television and film from DePaul University.