June 30th – July 4th 2018 Festivities In and Around Alachua County

    Looking to begin your 4th of July celebration a little early? Why wait? Visit Ginnie Springs on June 30th or the UF Bandhsell on July 3rd!

    June 30th

    Ginnie Springs Annual Independence Day Celebration
    Celebration begins at sunset

    *Ginnie Guests with day passes may be upgraded to camp passes before the show*

    GPS: 5000 NE 60th Ave
    7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road
    High Springs, FL 32643

    July 3rd

    Fan Fares & Fireworks
    UF Bandshell at Flavet Field
    605 Woodlawn Drive
    Gainesville, FL
    6:00 pm – 10 pm
    Fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:45 pm

    Celebrate the 4th on the 3rd at this annual Independence Day Eve celebration. Families and individuals can picnic in the grass, enjoy music groups and watch a spectacular fireworks show. The event is free and open to the public. No dogs or sparklers. and coolers may be subject to search by the University of Florida Police Department.

    Keep up with the action on social media using the hashtag #fanfares17

    July 3rd

    Williston Independence Day Celebration
    Horseman`s Park, 803 SW 19th Ave., Williston FL

    The event begins with a parade on Noble Ave. at 5:00 p.m. Immediately after the parade we welcome you to Williston Horseman’s Park located approximately 2 miles South of Williston on Hwy. 41. Gates to the park open at 6:00 p.m. There is a $2.00 per carload parking donation requested but not required. Once inside the park you will find entertainment all evening long as well as free rides for the children, games and vendors of all kinds including many varied food vendors. The City of Williston sets off the amazing fireworks at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. No dogs except service dogs are permitted. Please no alcohol. This is a family event.

    July 4th

    Keystone Heights
    The theme this year is “Stars on the Boulevard!”

    8 a.m. – 5K Run, City Hall (Registration begins 6:30 a.m.)
    9 a.m.-4 p.m. –  Crafts, food, vendors around City Hall
    11 a.m. – Our Country Day Parade, Lawrence Blvd.
    1 p.m. – Watermelon Eating Contest, behind City Hall
    4p.m. – Festival moves to Keystone Beach
    5:30 p.m.- 9:30p.m. Live Music
    9:30 p.m. – Fireworks Begin (weather permitting)

    July 4th

    City of Alachua Annual Fireworks Celebration
    Hal Brady Recreation Complex
    14300 NW 146th Terrace
    Alachua, FL 32615

    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.

    3 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Kidz Corner (Shuts down promptly at 7:00 p.m.)
    *Face Painting *Moonwalk *27 ft. Blue Crush Water Slide *Twin Spin
    *30 ft. Hurricane Water Slide *Bounce House *Rock Climbing Wall *Power Jump
    *Basketbal *Volleyball *Splashpark *Skatepark
    1 p.m.– 5 p.m. – Indoor Activities
    *BINGO (12a.m.-4p.m.) *Wilma Rogers 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m. *Senior Cha-Cha-Chas
    3 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Vendor Area Open
    4 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Live Musical Entertainment
    5:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m. – Savants of Soul
    6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. – Aunt Jackie
    8:00p.m.-9:10p.m. – Friday Avenue
    9:20 p.m. – Patriotic Song performed by Antoinette Hunt
    9:25 p.m. – National Anthem performed by Colby Craig
    9:30 p.m. – Fireworks

     

    Micanopy’s Annual Independence Day Celebration
    Theme: Red, White & Blue

    The Town of Micanopy is planning a day-long celebration of Independence Day on Saturday, July 4th, as it has done for over a quarter of a century. The day will begin with our annual parade at 11:00 am and Fish Fry at the Micanopy Museum immediately following; then onto the Ballpark for music, food, and fun, including a bounce house free for children starting at 5:30 pm; and culminating with the Annual Fire Works display at dusk. Bring blankets, chairs and bug repellent.
    11 a.m. – Parade
    1:30 p.m. – 3 pm  Fish Fry
    5:30 p.m. – 8:30 pm Bounce House

    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 Park, 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!

    July 4th

    Cedar Key Fireworks

    Fireworks Over the Water between Dock Street and Atsena Otie at 9:15 p.m.

    Additional Out of Area Locations

    City of Jacksonville Beach
    9:00 pm
    Fireworks will be shot from the Jacksonville Beach Pier

    St. Augustine
    St. Augustine’s July 4th celebration includes a live music concert and a spectacular fireworks display over the historic bayfront. “Fireworks Over the Matanzas” is one of the biggest and best fireworks displays on the East Coast, featuring 5,000 individual shells exploding as high as 2,000 feet and as low as 100 feet.

    The 4th of July Concert & Fireworks in St. Augustine starts at 6 p.m. with music in the Plaza de la Constitución. At 9:30 p.m., one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast bursts above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflects in the waters of the Matanzas Bay.

    The 20-minute fireworks show is choreographed to sync with a soundtrack of patriotic music over an extensive sound system that carries over the entire bayfront area. The show is produced by Fireworks by Santore, who also produce fireworks shows for such major entertainment venues as Sea World Orlando and Walt Disney World. Fireworks Over the Matanzas is one of the best places in Florida to catch fireworks on Independence Day.

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