Best 4th of July in South Florida
Wondering what to do this Fourth of July? Look no further, because we’ve found a bunch of great places to enjoy the 2018 holiday weekend!
- Panama City Beach: Star Spangled Spectacular
The largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast features dueling fireworks from the city (at Russell-Fields) and county (at MBMiller) piers.
- Destin Harbor: Red, White and Blue Hero’s Celebration
Every Thursday in the summer is a celebration here with a fireworks show over Destin Harbor.
- Pensacola: Sertoma’s 4th of July Fireworks
Sertoma organizers boost the biggest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast. Family-friendly fun begins at 11 am and the bangs begin at 9.
- Apalachicola: Independence Eve Celebration
Enjoy live music and food, the parade, and a social ice cream before a spectacular fireworks display over the Apalachicola River on July 3rd.
- Tallahassee: Celebrate America at Tom Brown Park
The event begins at 5:30 on July 4. Fireworks begin right after the National Anthem at 9:45.
- Naples: Fourth of July
The bangs begin at 9 pm on July 4 and features a 20-minute display with special effects choreographed to music that will be simulcast on WAVV 101.1 FM radio station.
- Fort Myers: 4th of July Fireworks
Fireworks on July 4 begin at 8:45 pm The Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed from 9:30 pm to 11 pm to oncoming traffic, so you can get off the island but not on.
- Key West: The Key Lime Festival
This event runs June 30- July 4 and draws the largest crowd of key lime enthusiasts for one of Florida’s biggest foodie events. The festival concludes with a massive fireworks show over the beautiful Casa Marina Resort.
Tampa Bay Region
- Sarasota: July 4 Fireworks
The action starts at 9 pm from a boat docked in Sarasota Bay. Grab a spot along the waterfront for best viewing.
- Sarasota: Boat Races
Check out the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival from June 24 to July 4 with the epic fireworks show set for the final night at 9 p.m.
- Tampa Bay Celebrations
The 813Area.com site shows the best events for July 4th weekend. For Pinellas County, check out 727Area.com.
- Clearwater: Threshers Game
The action here starts a day early on Monday, July 3. The gates open at 5 p.m. for the game between the Clearwater Threshers and Tampa Yankees. The fireworks begin when the game ends.
- Dunedin: Blue Jays Game
Again, plan early because this happens Monday, July 3. The Dunedin Blue Jays play the Daytona Tortugas starting at 6:15 p.m. Fireworks take flight after the final out.
- Orlando: Walt Disney World
Disney World celebrates the Fourth of July on both July 3 and 4 this year at various times in its different parks. Check the link to see which one works out best for you. But beware: This holiday is traditionally one of the busiest days at the parks!
- Altamonte Red Hot and Boom
Here, the action is on Monday, July 3 from 4 to 11 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting, as always).
- Orlando: Fireworks at the Fountain
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will be on hand at Lake Eola Park on July 4 for the annual Fireworks at the Fountain. Events begin at 4 p.m. with activities for children, live entertainment, and food and drinks (for purchase). The fireworks begin at 9:10 p.m.
- Gainesville: Fanfares and Fireworks
The University of Florida Bandshell is the host for live music and fireworks presented by WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM. The festivities will take place on July 3 from 7 p.m to 10 p.m.
- Fort Lauderdale: Fourth of July Spectacular
Event highlights for the night include family activities, DJ, and live music starting at noon. Fireworks begin at 9.
- America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park
The fun starts at 10 a.m. on July 4 and includes a family fun zone, Budweiser Beer Garden, live music and fireworks (scheduled to start at 9 p.m.)
If downtown is your preferred destination, The Landing is the gathering spot with the action beginning at 5 p.m. and fireworks rounding out the night beginning at 9:45.