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4th of July at Florida Keys 2024

Dazzling displays over the water make the Independence Day celebration unforgettable

Dates: July 4

4th of July at Florida Keys
4th of July at Florida Keys
4th of July at Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are a great Fourth of July weekend getaway thanks to many local events and spectacular fireworks over the waterfront. The largest Independence Day celebrations take place in Islamorada, Marathon, and Key West.

Islamorada Celebration (July, 2024)

Founders Park in Islamorada hosts the Independence Day Celebration from 6 pm to 10 pm with lots of free entertainment, children's activities, food, and beverages, as well as an impressive fireworks show. Islamorada Sandbar also gathers crowds, but they come by boats, so the area is packed on the 4th of July.

Marathon Celebration (July, 2024)

Marathon Beach Party and Fireworks Show are some of the most popular holiday events in the Keys. The party kicks off with a parade at 10:30 am and ends with fireworks at Sombrero Beach. Many locals consider this show to be the best small-town fireworks display in the USA. The all-day celebration also features live music, food, and rest at the beach.

Key Largo July 4th Parade and Fireworks (July, 2024)

The Key Largo July 4th Parade and Fireworks have been one of the most significant events in the area. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at mile marker 98.2 in front of Anthony’s Clothing Store. The annual bayfront Blackwater Sound fireworks usually take place at approximately 10 p.m.

Key Lime Festival (July 3-July 7, 2024)

All sorts of celebrations in Key West will keep you and your family entertained all day long. Well, some of the events extend over the Independence Day Weekend. The Key Lime Festival at Southernmost Beach Cafe is the most delicious way to celebrate Independence Day. Home to the Key lime pie, the festival hosts a pie-eating contest, cooking demonstrations, cocktail parties, baking classes, rum tastings, a scavenger hunt, and more fun events during four days around July 4. The festival ends with a fireworks show over the waterfront.

Key West Celebrations (July, 2024)

Key West is famous for its fireworks displays, which are launched from the Edward B. Knight Pier. They can be seen best from Smathers Beach, Higgs Beach, and other waterfront locations. The best way to get the most out of beautiful fireworks reflecting in the water is to book a fireworks cruise in Key West area. You can hire a simple boat or a luxury vessel with champagne, gourmet food, and music. Mind that the fireworks cruises sell out fast.

The Rotary Club Key West holds the Patriotic Party by the Ed Knight Pier with music, food, and spectacular fireworks. Visitors can enjoy dancing on the beach, kids' activities like slides, bounce houses, and face painting. There is always delightful food and drink available, so no one goes hungry. Key West also hosts a 5K 4th of July Run, which starts at the Edward B. Knight Pier at 7:30 am. Another attraction is the Key West Mermaid Festival, which celebrates all things related to mermaids. Proceeds from the three-day festival go to the Key-West non-profit Reef Relief.

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Last updated: by Olha Savych