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.
Founders Park in Islamorada hosts the Independence Day Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. with lots of free entertainment, children activities, food and beverages, as well as the impressive fireworks show. Islamorada Sandbar also gathers crowds, but they come by the boats, so the area is packed on 4th of July.
Marathon Beach Party and Fireworks Show are some of the most popular holiday events in the Keys. The party starts with a parade at 10:30 a.m. and ends with fireworks at Sombrero Beach.
Since the 1980s, the Key Largo July 4th Parade and Picnic event has been one of the most significant events in the area. The parade starts at 10 a.m. followed by a picnic in the Key Largo Community Park at 10:30 with hot-dogs, barbecue and much more.
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. Key Lime Festival at Southernmost Beach Cafe is the most delicious way to celebrate Independence Day. Home to the Key lime pie 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.
Key West is famous for its fireworks displays that 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 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 Picnic takes place at Casa Marina Resort, which ends with spectacular fireworks at 9 p.m. It features live music, dancing on the beach, kids activities like slides, bounce houses, and face painting with food and drinks not to let anyone go hungry. Key West also hosts a 5K 4th of July Run that starts at the Edward B. Knight Pier at 7:30 a.m. After the 4th of July, Key West also hosts a Mermaid Festival across Key West to celebrate all things mermaid. Proceeds from a three-day festival go to the Key-West non-profit Reef Relief.