Best Fourth of July Celebrations in Florida

Here are the ideal spots to watch the fireworks in your city!

It'll be nice to enjoy an iconic community event once again. unsplash.com

*Be sure to check COVID guidelines as some events may require masks or practice additional safety measures.

Wondering what to do this Fourth of July? Look no further, because we’ve found a bunch of great places to enjoy the 2021 holiday weekend!

Northwest Region

Southwest Region

  • Naples: Fourth of July The celebration kicks off with a parade on July 3, followed by a fireworks show on July 4th beginning at 9 p.m.
  • Fort Myers: 4th of July Fireworks The event runs all day with fireworks on July 4 beginning at 8:45 p.m. The Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. to oncoming traffic, so you can get off the island but not on.
  • Key West: The Key Lime Festival This event runs July 1 - 5 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 p.m. 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 26 to June 28 with the Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular on July 4 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.

Central Region

  • 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 (Canceled for 2021).
  • 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 5 p.m. with activities for children, live entertainment, and food and drinks (for purchase). The fireworks begin at 9:15 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 6 p.m to 10 p.m.
  • Red, White & BLUES on the Plaza Bring a chair or grab a swing and extend your 4th of July celebration through the weekend and kick off festivities on July 2. Free! Centennial Plaza, 101 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL. Sat., July 6, 6-8 pm

Southeast Region

Northeast Region

  • Jacksonville If downtown is your preferred destination, there are a number of viewing areas to watch the fireworks. Gather in your favorite spot early and be ready for the action beginning at 5 p.m. and fireworks rounding out the night at 9:45.
  • St. Augustine St. Augustine’s Fourth of July celebration at the Castillo de San Marcos includes live music and a spectacular fireworks display over the historic bayfront.