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Kick off the summer on Memorial Day weekend at the Great American Beach Party, a tradition in the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Celebrate with family and friends as a portion of Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach transforms into an entertainment mecca.

Highlights from this free, family-friendly event include live bands, water slides, a kids zone, a classic car show, an art show, a sand sculpting contest, a SOCOM Para-Commandos parachute jump, a military tribute, the Walk of Fame ceremony, vendors, exhibitors, and so much more!

Join us at the Great American Beach Party this Saturday! pic.twitter.com/NJ0GgtNOCn

— City of Fort Lauderdale (@FTLCityNews) May 23, 2023

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Great American Beach Party 2023 | Fort Lauderdale

Great American Beach Party 2023 | Fort Lauderdale

Event Schedule

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Sand Sculpting Contest On Beach North of Las Olas Blvd.
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Water Slides On Beach South of Las Olas Blvd.
11:00 AM – 6:30 PM  Family Activities: Native Village, Face   Painting, Arts & Crafts, and Water   Feature Las Olas Oceanside Park
11:00 AM – 6:30 PM  Classic Car Show Las Olas Blvd. between A1A & Seabreeze Blvd.
11:00 AM – 6:30 PM  Art Show, Vendors, and Exhibits Las Olas Oceanside Park
11:00 AM – Noon TBA Las Olas Oceanside Park Stage
12:30 – 2:00 PM  TBA Las Olas Oceanside Park Stage
2:00 – 2:30 PM  SOCOM Para-Commandos Parachute   Jump On Beach South of Las Olas Blvd.
2:30 – 2:50 PM  Military Tribute Las Olas Oceanside Park
3:00 – 3:30 PM  Walk of Fame Ceremony Las Olas Oceanside Park
4:00 – 6:30 PM  TBA Las Olas Oceanside Park Stage

*Schedule subject to change. 


Walk of Fame Honorees

The City established the Walk of Fame in 2010 at the inaugural Great American Beach Party to pay tribute to the legendary Connie Francis on the 50th Anniversary of “Where the Boys Are,” the 1960 film which made Fort Lauderdale an overnight sensation and a “must see” destination for visitors. As part of the awards program, each honoree receives a commemorative paver that is placed in the Walk of Fame to memorialize their outstanding accomplishments. The Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame is located on the beach along the east side of A1A at Las Olas Boulevard.

The 2023 Walk of Fame Honorees include:

  • Frank Adderley – Fort Lauderdale Police Chief 2008-2016
  • C.A. “Chuck” Black – Citizen, Volunteer, Businessman, and Patriot
  • Michael S. Egan – Visionary of Alamo Rent a Car
  • Eula Johnson – NAACP President and Civil Rights Activist
  • Shane Strum – President and CEO of Broward Health



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