Best time to go to Florida

4th of July 2020

The forecast is...lots of sunshine and fireworks!

4th of July in Florida 2020 - Best Time
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Florida is an excellent place for an Independence Day weekend not just for its sandy beaches and sunshine. It offers multiple special events at theme parks and some of the best fireworks in the country along scenic coastal landscapes. Each event has its own date and schedule, so please check the official websites for more details.

There is always plenty of fun things to do in Orlando with its theme parks and attractions. Since the 1980s, Fireworks at the Fountain at Lake Eola Park has been one of the largest pyrotechnic shows in the state and a favorite for locals. With patriotic music, children activities, as well as food and drinks this is a perfect way to celebrate. Festivities start at 4 pm, fireworks after 9 pm. Walt Disney World is always festive, but on July 4th the red, white and blue become the park's central theme. Disney’s Celebrate America at the Magic Kingdom theme park features a Fourth of July Concert in the Sky featuring fireworks and DJ dance party. Epcot hosts a concert and offers a chance to meet Mickey at The American Adventure.

Panama City Beach in Northwest Florida features the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast called Star Spangled Spectacular and a few other patriotic events. The main highlight is simultaneous fireworks from the city and county piers that are best viewed from the beach. Another festive event is the Summer Concert Series at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in the western part of Panama City Beach.

Apalachicola Independence Eve Celebration is one of the top 12 in the state according to the Trips to Discover magazine. Thousands of people gather in Riverfront Park in Downtown Apalachicola from 5 pm to 10 pm to take part in festivities that include a parade, live music concert, free ice cream and dozens of fun activities for kids. This great event ends with a massive fireworks display over the Apalachicola River.

Jacksonville celebrates America's birthday with The Landing, a gathering on the St. Johns River in downtown with live performances, food and drinks, and family-friendly activities that culminate with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:45 pm. Riverside Arts Market is also underway, offering the Independence Day Party & Fireworks Viewing. Many people head to Jacksonville Beach to see the fireworks launched from the Fishing Pier.

4th of July fireworks in Jacksonville 2020
4th of July fireworks in Jacksonville

Miami celebrates all things America with annual America's Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park that starts at 10 am. Children’s zone offers many fun activities like inflatables, games, and rides. Budweiser Beer Garden offers cooling beverages, and the concert begins at 2 pm, followed by fireworks after dark. You'll find lots of things to do in Miami over the Fourth of July Weekend.

Tallahassee holds the annual Celebrate America festival at Tom Brown Park. It is packed with family-friendly activities, games, and competitions. Arts and crafts vendors offer souvenirs while food stalls have something delicious for any taste preference. The day ends with the National Anthem and fireworks at 9:45 pm.

Fourth of July Spectacular in Fort Lauderdale means the day is packed with fun and beach games like a hot dog and watermelon eating contest. DJ sets and live music is played all day from noon on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. The kids' zone lures young visitors with bounce houses and water slides. The culmination of the event is the fireworks display at 9 pm.

Threshers Game in Clearwater is an excellent choice for families on the Fourth of July eve. It offers a baseball game, live entertainment, and lots of kids'activities at Spectrum Field starting from 5 pm. After the match, fireworks end the celebration.

The Florida Keys also burst with the Independence Day celebrations. The Key Lime Festival in Key West is the best way to celebrate America's Independence for all Florida foodies. Held at the beautiful Casa Marina Resort, it showcases local specialty Key lime pie. Don't miss the pie-eating contest and dozens of delicious tastings and culinary demonstrations. The festival ends with a fireworks show over the waterfront.

Tampa celebrates Independence Day with parades, fireworks, and traditional backyard BBQs. There is also a Red, White & Blue Festival—Tampa's favorite celebration with live music and various contests that starts at 3 pm at Cotanchobee Park. Festivities in Tampa also include baseball games and street fairs to enjoy. Not to mention premier fishing and golfing in the Tampa area.

St. Augustine hosts a massive Fourth of July celebration at the Castillo de San Marcos that attracts thousands of people every year. The celebration features a live music concert that starts at 6 pm and is free and open to the public. The patriotic event ends with a dazzling pyrotechnic show over the bay front. St. Augustine also hosts the show called Fireworks Over the Matanzas ranked as one of the largest on East Coast, with 5,000 individual shells filling the skies. It lasts for 20 minutes and is accompanied by music. St. Augustine should be on the bucket list for all fireworks fans. Visitors can view the display from the Bridge of Lions and South Castillo Drive.

4th of July in St Augustine 2020
4th of July in St Augustine

Pompano Beach holds the annual 4th of July Extravaganza from 5 pm to 11 pm. It features a live music concert from bands like Southern Blood and Vinyl Band. The show ends with an impressive firework display launched off a barge at 9 pm. It can be best viewed from the beach where crowds gather with blankets and lawn chairs.

4th of July Fireworks in Pompano Beach 2020
4th of July Fireworks in Pompano Beach
The fireworks in Pompano Beach, Florida as seen from the Atlantic Ocean side 2020
The fireworks in Pompano Beach, Florida as seen from the Atlantic Ocean side