July 4th 2015 Fireworks & Festivities in Alachua County and Beyond

    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 two 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. Keep up with the action on social media using the hashtag #Fanfares15

    Musical groups include:
    InCrisis Band and Gainesville Community Band

    July 3rd

    Family, Fun, Food, Fireworks and Parade are all on hand as we Celebrate Old Glory! The festival features several food and beverage vendors as well as many other July 4th holiday vendors. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and the whole family for an American Spirit filled evening. Fireworks will be set off at dusk. http://willistonfl.com

    July 4th

    City of Alachua Annual Fireworks Celebration
    Hal Brady Recreation Complex
    3 pm – 10 pm
    9:30 Fireworks

    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: 1:30 pm – 3 pm
    Bounce House: 5:30 pm – 9:45 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 9:45 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!

    Keystone Heights
    8 am – 5k
    9 am – Volleyball Tournament
    9 am – Bluegrass and Acoustic pickin’
    9 am – 4 pm Crafts, food & vendors
    10 am – Baby crawl
    11 am – Our Country Day Parade
    12 pm – 5 pm Acoustic Jam
    1 pm – Watermelon Eating Contest
    9:30 pm – Fireworks on the Keystone Beach

    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.

    Additional Out of Area Locations

    Jacksonville’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular takes place at 9:45 p.m. Fireworks can be viewed from the North and South bank of the St. Johns River. There will be two river barges; one near the Jacksonville Landing and the other behind the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The show will be choreographed to a special patriotic soundtrack. (visitflorida.com)

    St. Augustine
    This is one of the largest fireworks shows on the eastern coast of Florida and it’s quite a sight! The big bursts of fireworks happen right above the famous fort, Castillo de San Marcos. And best of all, the reflections of the fireworks in Matanzas Bay are really beautiful. Come early to the 9:30 fireworks for best viewing spots along the bayfront. (visitflorida.com)

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