Virtual 4th of July

Even though the in-person 4th of July Spectacular has been cancelled, we can still celebrate! The Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting lots of virtual activities the week leading up to the 4th of July. Join us as we mark the occasion with a virtual pet parade, watermelon eating contest, crafts, cooking, and more! And we’ll have raffle prizes just for participating. Learn more below.

Sponsored By:

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Cypress Head
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Raffle Prizes

Every activity you participate in earns you raffle tickets! We’ve got 10 raffle prizes to pull, including:

  • A round of golf for 4 at Cypress Head Golf Club
  • A prize pack for Family Days valued at $150
  • Restaurant gift cards

The raffle tickets will be pulled live on Facebook on July 6th!

1. Patriotic Pet Photo Parade

Generously Sponsored by: Paulines 2

Here’s your chance to show off your favorite furry friend! Submit your patriotic pet photo to be entered in the photo parade! The parade will be posted to Facebook on July 3rd, and the public will vote on the winner!

Entries due by July 1st               Every photo = 1 raffle ticket

Photo with the most votes wins $50 to Pauline’s Pet Styling

2. Watermelon Eating Contest

See who can eat watermelon the fastest in this City-wide competition! Video you and your family eating your watermelon. Each person must eat 1/4 of a whole watermelon. When finished yell "Happy 4th of July!" and show the camera your completely eaten slice. The winner will be the person who eats their slice the fastest! The winning video will be posted to Facebook @PortOrangeParks.

Entries due by July 1st               Every video = 1 raffle ticket

Fastest eater wins $30 to Perrine’s Produce

How to Submit:

Email to

Message us on Facebook @PortOrangeParks

3. Best Cookout Recipe

Do you bring the best dish to every cookout? Share your recipe! The selected recipe will be invited to film an episode of Rec Man’s Kitchen with us as we make your dish to share on Facebook!

Entries due by July 1st               Every recipe = 1 raffle ticket

Selected recipe will be featured in Rec Man’s Kitchen

4. Find the Flag Hunt

Did you know there are 7 American flags flying in our City Parks? How many can you find? Snap a selfie with you and the flag and note the location. Flags must be in our Port Orange Parks. Hint: City Center and Riverwalk Park are great places to start. Find the list of parks here.

Entries due by July 4th               Every photo = 1 raffle ticket

5. Flag Craft

We’ve got another Craft Corner featuring an American Flag theme. The video will post to Facebook on June 29th. Get the kids together and make this fun at home craft. Send in photos of your completed work of art!

Entries due by July 4th               Every photo = 1 raffle ticket

6. Patriotic Trivia

Every day beginning June 29th we’ll be posting fun American history trivia questions to Facebook. Answers will be due by 8:00 pm on the same day. 

Entries due daily               Every photo = 1 raffle ticket