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With a combination of fireworks, food, and patriotic music, there are fantastic Fourth of July celebrations happening all over Florida. Wear your best red, white and blue attire to these family-friendly events and chow down on your favorite American cuisine before marveling at the spectacular illumination of the sky at night. Celebrate America at these top 4th of July events in Florida.
If you’re in the Altamonte Springs area on, July 3rd, the Red Hot & Boom celebration is a free event hosted by Altamonte Springs and XL 106.7 FM in Crane’s Roost Park. Honoring the birthday of America, it delivers a memorable night of live performances, food vendors, and a spectacular fireworks show. It’s one of the biggest celebrations in Central Florida.
Panama City Beach has multiple nights of patriotic events for you to choose between, from July 2nd to the 4th for the ultimate red, white, and blue celebration. Boasting the largest Fourth of July fireworks display on the Gulf Coast, the event welcomes visitors of all ages. It kicks off with Light Up the Bay on the 2nd by the bay at Papa Joe’s, then on July 3rd Light Up the Gulf, the Annual Beach Bash, and Freedom Rocks are fun family-friendly events. On July 4th, the Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks display is at 9pm at Russell-Fields City Pier and M.B. Miller County Pier.
Join Buddy Dyer at Lake Eola Park for the annual Fireworks at the Fountain celebration on July 4th. This free patriotic event is a crowd-pleaser for Orlando locals, as it boasts activities on-site for children, live entertainment, and a variety of food and drinks for purchase. Typically at 9:15pm, the sky is illuminated with a spectacular fireworks finale show and in the past has been set to a live performance by the Orlando Concert Band.
The best fireworks display on the Forgotten Coast, Downtown Apalachicola puts on an Independence Eve Celebration that includes live music and food trucks. Located in Riverfront Park on Water Street in the downtown area, you can watch live bands perform hits or see the veteran’s tribute. At night, a fireworks show lights up the Apalachicola River. For a luxury experience, reserve a table in the Sponsor section for complimentary beverages from a private bar and a prime view of the fireworks over the river.
Fireworks shows are scattered around the city of Jacksonville, with the tradition of July 3rd fireworks at 121 Financial Ballpark screening a baseball movie on a high-definition video board. You can also head to Jacksonville Beach for its annual fireworks show, while the City of Jacksonville puts on its fireworks display on the 4th along the St. Johns River, with viewing areas on both North and South banks. The Downtown Jacksonville celebration includes live music, food trucks, and a family fun zone at Riverfront Plaza.
The kids will delight in attending the 4th of July celebrations at Walt Disney World, which showcases patriotism at its finest. Highlights of a visit to the park at this time include special displays at Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT, while the other parks also have their typical nightly spectaculars.
There are going to be family-friendly activities, beach games, and live music at the Fourth of July Spectacular in Fort Lauderdale on July 4th. Located on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, the event ends with fireworks at 9pm. The kids will enjoy the bounce houses, water slides, and face painting, while there’s also an old-fashioned hot dog and watermelon eating contest.
If you’re looking for something unique to do over the holiday weekend, take the family to a Threshers Game in Clearwater. Celebrate Independence Day with a little baseball action, then catch a dazzling fireworks display after the game ends. Be at the gates at 5pm on Saturday and 5:30pm on Sunday at BayCare Ballpark to cheer on the Clearwater Threshers.
Celebrate the USA with free fun for the kids at America’s Birthday Bash in Miami. The fun typically lasts all day at this family-friendly event at Bayfront Park, where you’ll find a kid-friendly area for them to play and adult beverages for the 21 and up crowd. Live music and the fireworks show are in the evening.
Head to Tom Brown Park on July 4th for the annual Celebrate America event in Tallahassee. This fun-packed day is a great chance to spend time with the entire family, where food vendors are available and activities for children. Listen to live music and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra perform, then catch the patriotic fireworks show after the National Anthem at 9:45 p.m.
If you’re a foodie at heart, The Key Lime Festival in Key West runs from June 30th through July 4th and offers you a chance to indulge in your key lime cravings. It’s one of Florida’s biggest foodie events and ends with a massive fireworks display. America’s favorite citrus celebration, it will have pie-eating contests, a Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll and Key Lime Pie Hop, and include culinary events for VIP Key Lime lovers.