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Best Fourth of July Celebrations in Florida

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

June 10, 2021
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*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

Panama City Beach: Star Spangled Spectacular
Fireworks kick off on July 2 at Papa Joe’s Bayside and the fun continues nightly through July 4.

Celebrate: Fort Walton Beach
Emerald Coast events kick off on July 3.

Pensacola: Fireworks at the Beach
Fireworks display along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk and Santa Rosa Sound. The show starts at 8:30 p.m

Apalachicola: Independence Eve Celebration
Enjoy live music and food, a parade, and an ice cream social before a spectacular fireworks display over the Apalachicola River on July 3rd.

Tallahassee: Celebrate America at Tom Brown Park
The event begins at 5:00 on July 4. Fireworks begin right after the National Anthem at 9:45.

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

Fort Lauderdale: Fourth of July Spectacular
Event highlights for the night include family activities, DJ, and a live performance by The Beach Boys. Festivities start at noon and fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park
The fun starts at 3 p.m. on July 4 and includes a family fun zone, Budweiser Beer Garden, live music and fireworks (scheduled to start at 9 p.m.)

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.

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