Miami is one of the spots to watch 4th of July fireworks in Florida

19 top spots to watch 4th of July fireworks in Florida

Susan B. Barnes

It’s time to fire up the bbq, gather family and friends, and celebrate summer this weekend all across the Sunshine State. However you celebrate the 4th of July, turn your eyes skywards after night falls and you’re sure to see fireworks light up the night sky.

In a state as big as ours, it’s hard to include all of the light in the sky shows that will take place this weekend. Here, we take a look at 19 spots to watch 4th of July fireworks in Florida.

Fireworks illuminate Castillo de San Marcos in downtown St. Augustine. (photo credit: floridashistoriccoast.com)

Destin

On the 3rd of July, the 10th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival heats up in Destin. Starting with a bbq competition, the festival ends with a bang when an Independence Day firework extravaganza lights up the night sky. 

Santa Rosa

The town of Milton on Florida’s pandhandle comes alive this weekend with its Riverfest along the Riverwalk and historic downtown area. The all-day, family-friendly event on the 4th features its popular Great Mill Town Duck Race and ends with a fireworks show over the Blackwater River.

Panama City Beach

Get not one but two nights of fireworks in Panama City Beach! The Light Up the Gulf fireworks show on July 3 launches from behind the Boardwalk Beach Resort condos, and on July 4 it’s the Star Spangled Spectacular at 9 p.m. from the Russell-Fields City Pier and M.B. Miller County Pier.

Tallahassee

Florida’s capital city presents Celebrate America from 7 – 10 p.m. on July 4 at Tom Brown Park. The grand finale of the family-friendly event starts at 9:45 p.m., and the fireworks show will be accompanied by the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.

Jacksonville

Wherever you find yourself in Jacksonville, chances are that you’ll be able to see the city’s July 4th Fireworks show light up the sky. This year, fireworks will launch from spots throughout the city so you can watch from the comfort of your backyard, if you choose.

St. Augustine

“Fireworks Over the Matanzas” is the highlight of the night in St. Augustine on July 4. At 9:30 p.m., a 20-minute show will light the sky over the Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions in downtown St. Augustine. Arrive early and enjoy a two-hour concert of big band and swing music by The All-Star Orchestra.

Fireworks reflect in Kings Bay in Crystal River. (photo credit: The Cutting Edge Photography)

Crystal River

The family-friendly Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration is returning to Crystal River this weekend. Fireworks will take flight over Kings Bay at 9 p.m.

Orlando

Downtown Orlando comes alive on the 4th with the 44th annual Fireworks at the Fountain. The show in the sky begins at 9:15 p.m., and the soundtrack is provided by the Orlando Concert Band.

New Smyrna Beach

The 4th of July Celebration in Riverside Park in New Smyrna Beach kicks off at 4 p.m. and goes into the night when a fireworks display takes to the skies at 9:15 p.m.

Boom By the Bay returns to Tampa on July 4. (photo credit: visittampabay.com)

Tampa

The night sky will light up in Tampa with Boom by the Bay, featuring six firework displays along Tampa’s downtown waterfront starting at 9:15 p.m.

St. Pete

The St. Pete Pier sets the scene for fireworks this 4th of July weekend, and it’s celebrating its first anniversary this weekend, too. The three-day “The Fourth” Independence Day Celebration at the pier culminates with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. on the 4th of July; the show in the sky will be visible from most downtown St. Pete waterfront parks, including North Straub Park, Vinoy Park, Demen’s Landing, Bayshore Drive and more.

Safety Harbor

When the sun sets, find a seat at the marina or in Waterfront Park in downtown Safety Harbor and watch the night sky come alive with a vibrant fireworks display over the water.

Clearwater

Though there’s a change of scenery for this year’s Clearwater Celebrates America — BayCare Ballpark instead of Clearwater’s Coachman Park — the show must go on! The choreographed fireworks display starts at 9:15 p.m.

Cape Coral

Cape Coral is ready for Red, White & Boom! this year — are you? Tune into Cat Country 107.1 to hear the soundtrack that goes along with the American Fireworks Spectacular that explodes in the Cape Coral sky at 9:30 p.m.

America’s Birthday Bash will be held July 4 at Bayfront Park in Miami. (photo credit: miamiandbeaches.com)

West Palm Beach

Make your way to the West Palm Beach Waterfront for the 4th on Flagler and wait for the fireworks to begin at 9:09 p.m. We’re not sure why that specific time — not 9 p.m. or 9:15 p.m. — but what we do know is it’s sure to be fun!

Lantana

Not only is the town of Lantana celebrating the 4th of July with an impressive fireworks show, but its 100th anniversary, too. The fun-filled Centennial Anniversary Celebration ends with fireworks at 9:05 p.m.

Boynton Beach

The Intracoastal will light up when Red, White & Blue With a Waterfront View blasts off at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 in Boynton Beach. Before the sky-high show, watch another dazzling display when athletes surf the sky on water-propelled jet boards!

Miami

The Magic City sparkles in a different way during its America’s Birthday Bash on July 4 at Bayfront Park. When the sun sets, the night sky lights up with an incredible fireworks display.

Florida Keys

Fireworks will light the sky on July 4th all along the 125 miles that spans Florida Keys. Key Largo’s annual Blackwater Sound fireworks celebration will be at Rowell’s Waterfront Park, and the fireworks that highlight the Independence Day Celebration at Islamorada’s Founders Park begin at dark. Further south, Marathon’s Marathon Sombrero Beach is the site of one of the Keys’ largest and longest fireworks displays, and the show begins at about 9 p.m. at Big Pine Community Park in the Lower Keys, which is also when the fireworks begin in Key West.

Did we miss your favorite spot to watch 4th of July fireworks in Florida? Let us know!

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