Whether you’re looking for fireworks in Gainesville, Alachua or Keystone, there are plenty of places to enjoy the Fourth of July. Be sure not to miss the fun in Micanopy where you can enjoy a fish fry, a parade on Cholokka Boulevard or a bounce house for the kids.
Looking to celebrate early? The UF Bandshell at Flavet Field will begin their festivities on July 3rd.
Fan Fares & Fireworks
UF Bandshell at Flavet Field, Gainesville, FL
7:00 pm – 10 pm
Fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:40 pm
Celebrate the 4th on the 3rd at this annual Independence Day Eve celebration. Families and individuals can picnic in the grass, enjoy three musical groups and watch a spectacular fireworks show. The event is free and open to the public. No dogs or sparklers and coolers may be searched. During the event, LifeSouth Blood Center will conduct a blood drive and concessions will be available for purchase.
Musical groups include:
Richy Stano and Mindwalk
Gainesville Community Band
City of Alachua Annual Fireworks Celebration
Hal Brady Recreation Complex
3 pm – 10 pm
The City of Alachua has dubbed its celebration “The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America.” The annual event draws more than 30,000 people to Alachua and has great economic impact on businesses in our area. There are dozens of activities for the kids, including a petting zoo, bounce houses and water slides. This year kids can also take advantage of the spray park and skateboard park located on site. For the adult audience there are several unique vendors, bingo contests, dancing groups and live musical entertainment to name a few. Without a doubt the event has something for everyone and of course the hottest fireworks around.
Micanopy’s Annual Independence Day Celebration
Parade: 11 am
Fish Fry: 12 pm – 2 pm
Bounce House: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Parade through downtown begins at 11 am on Cholokka Boulevard and is followed by a fish fry at the Micanopy Museum, Northeast Bay Sixth Avenue and Northeast Cholokka Boulevard. Events continue from 5:30 to 8:30 pm with music, food and a bounce house for children at the Carson Roberts Sports Complex, 702 NW Eestaulkee Ave. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Fourth of July Boat Parade
Lake Santa Fe, Melrose, FL
A long-standing tradition on Lake Santa Fe is the annual 4th of July Boat Parade. Typically the circumnavigation begins at 11 am. Boats gather at the entrance to the Lake Santa Fe Boat Ramp, Alachua County, at the south end of Big Lake Santa Fe. The circumnavigation goes counter-clockwise along the shore of both lakes. Anyone interested can simply decorate your vessel and come along. Docks provide a great place for viewing. Or, when the red, white and blue boats motor by, feel free to jump in your own vessel and join the parade!
5k: 8 am
Parade: 11 am
The “Our Country Day” celebration in Keystone Heights begins with a 5K race at 8 a.m. (registration at 7 a.m.) and features craft and food vendors around Keystone Heights Nature Park and City Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Our Country Day parade begins at 11 a.m. In years past it has always featured a marching band, floats, bicycles, Shrinersbuggies, bicycles, beauty queens, tractors, clowns and more surprises. Prizes are awarded to units for such categories as closest to theme, commander’s choice, the best marching band and others. Fireworks start at dusk at Keystone Beach Park, 565 S. Lawrence Blvd. Admission is a $1 wristband sold on a first-come, first-served basis at City Hall and other downtown locations.