Whether you celebrate Independence Day with parades and fireworks or a relaxing backyard barbecue, the holiday holds special meaning and traditions for each and every American. Here’s a guide to Fourth of July festivities throughout Florida’s East Coast. Have a wonderful and safe holiday.
Rather than a single day, the Breakers turns Fourth of July into a long weekend. Stay for its camp-like holiday extravaganza with different family-friendly activities planned each day. The Party in the USA Carnival kicks things off with a magician, among entertainment. Tie-dye, bingo and laser tag are also on the agenda, with fireworks over the Intracoastal Waterway for the finale.
The iconic luxury island of Palm Beach is shaking up its staid past. Young families who live here year-round and the next generation of snowbirds and visitors are inspiring a new wave of chic shops, restaurants and art galleries. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Palm Beach | West Palm Beach
Plantation’s “Celebrating 70 Years of Community” includes a parade, concert and Zambelli fireworks in Plantation Central Park. Head to Weston Regional Park for July 3rd fireworks, and Weston Town Center for the Hometown Celebration 5K Run/Walk and Parade on July 4th. Flo Rida headlines Fort Lauderdale’s “4th of July Spectacular” in Las Olas Oceanside Park, followed by fireworks on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
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Broward County spans the Atlantic Ocean and downtown Fort Lauderdale and its beaches to the Florida Everglades. The expansive area offers historic neighborhoods, luxury high rises and family-friendly gated communities with a choice of in-town and suburban lifestyles. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Plantation | Weston
The Brevard Symphony Orchestra performs its traditional “Symphony Under the Stars” with picnicking and fireworks (Cocoa Riverfront Park). Melbourne’s “MelBOOM” provides food truck fare (Front Street Park). Viera hosts the Great American Celebration (USSSA Space Coast Complex), while Rockledge’s Independence Day Picnic runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Compete for cash prizes during the 15th annual Firecracker 5K (Eau Gallie Square Park).
Named for the Kennedy Space Center, site of NASA’s SpaceX rocket launches, the Space Coast occupies much of Brevard County. It attracts surfers, cruise passengers (Port Canaveral) and nature lovers looking for pristine white beaches where sea turtles nest. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Melbourne Beach | Merritt Island
Key Biscayne & Miami
For an old-fashioned experience, watch Key Biscayne’s 64th annual parade along Crandon Boulevard and then enjoy the Rotary Club’s barbecue on the Village Green. Miami Symphony Orchestra is treating everyone to a complimentary concert in Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park. Bring a blanket to the Biltmore Hotel’s golf course for its glamorous fireworks showcase. Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park’s fireworks are also a crowd favorite.
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A quick hop over the Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne feels a world away from Miami. Families love its community spirit and natural beauty. An iconic lighthouse, green spaces and stunning beaches and water views attract day-trippers too. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Known as the gateway to Latin America, the dynamic city of Miami is constantly evolving with the influx of new residents, visitors, businesses and brands from all over the world. There’s always something new and exciting to try, whether a starchitect-designed space, museum exhibit or hot restaurant. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Coconut Grove | Coral Gables
Jupiter & Stuart
Family-filled Abacoa’s annual “4th of July Golf Cart Parade” rides again down Main Street, followed by a block party. Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium’s “Mega Bash” brings minor league baseball games, kids’ attractions and fireworks the nights of July 3rd and 4th. Stuart’s all-day affair includes a golf cart parade with prizes, kids’ activities, Riverwalk stage concert, food trucks and fireworks.
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Jupiter’s bike trails, Loxahatchee River, Jonathan Dickinson State Park and Riverbend Park appeal to nature lovers who also have access to upscale restaurants and shops. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
North Palm Beach | Tequesta
Part of the Treasure Coast that encompasses Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties, Stuart is associated with top-notch fishing. Pastel-painted historic buildings and breathtaking waterways make it a favorite destination, too. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Put on your dancing shoes for The All-Star Orchestra at Plaza de la Constitución, and then grab a seat for one of the Eastern Seaboard’s largest fireworks spectacles above Castillo de San Marcos. Historic downtown Fernandina Beach presents “Hometown 4th of July” with music and vendors. Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island’s “Red, White & Deep Blue Celebration” lawn party features a buffet, games and fireworks.
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In 1565, Spanish explorers established the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the U.S. Known as the Ancient City or the Old City, St. Augustine charms residents and visitors to this day with its historic architecture, over 42 miles of barrier coastline and thriving hospitality scene. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Part of the Sea Island archipelago in the Southeastern U.S., Amelia Island tops many vacationers’ bucket lists. Eight flags have flown over the centuries-old, historic destination, whose quiet beaches and premier resorts such as the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island continue to draw residents and visitors. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Delray Beach & Boca Raton
Held for over half a century, Delray Beach’s Independence Day block party on East Atlantic Avenue draws some 80,000 revelers today. The festivities range from a flag raising ceremony to bands to fireworks by Zambelli. Fireworks and celebrations are also taking place at Countess de Hoernle Park and Sunset Cove Amphitheatre. The Boca Raton resort’s package offers an all-American buffet, concert and fireworks.
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With its thriving, old-fashioned main street and down-home vibe, Delray Beach stands out from much of South Florida. It’s a great place to take a stroll, hit the beach and dip into a café.