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25 best fireworks in Florida for the 4th of July

Susan B. Barnes
Published: June 29, 2023

It’s time to fire up the bbq, gather family and friends, and celebrate summer this 4th of July in Florida. However you celebrate the nation’s independence, turn your eyes skywards after the sun sets 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 25 best fireworks in Florida all across the state to celebrate the 4th of July, starting in the northwest.

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

BEST FIREWORKS IN FLORIDA — NORTHWEST

Destin

On the 3rd of July, the inaugural Star-Spangled Food Truck Festival cooks up the fun in Destin. Tasty bites from 25 food trucks will be available, and 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 on July 4 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, not two, but three nights of fireworks in Panama City Beach! Real. Fun. Fourth. 2023 begins July 2 with Light Up the Bay Fireworks, followed on the 3rd with the Light Up the Gulf fireworks show that launches from behind the Boardwalk Beach Resort condos and the Freedom Rocks! Fireworks at Grand Lagoon Coalition. Finally, on July 4th 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 6 – 10 p.m. on July 4 at Tom Brown Park. The grand fireworks finale of the family-friendly event starts at 9:45 p.m.

BEST FIREWORKS IN FLORIDA — NORTHEAST

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. The show begins at 9:45 p.m.

St. Augustine

“Fireworks Over the Matanzas” is the highlight of the night in St. Augustine on July 4. At 9:30 p.m., a fireworks 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 free 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)

BEST FIREWORKS IN FLORIDA — CENTRAL

Orlando

Downtown comes alive on the 4th of July in Orlando with the 45th annual Fireworks at the Fountain. The show in the sky begins at 9:10 p.m., and the soundtrack is provided by the Orlando Concert Band.

Plenty of more fireworks shows will light up the skies around Orlando; click here to see what’s happening.

Fireworks turn into LEGO bricks at LEGOLAND Florida. (photo credit: LEGOLAND Florida)

Lakeland

It’s an all-American day in Lakeland on July 4, including a Lakeland Flying Tigers baseball game followed by live music and a fireworks spectacular at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Elsewhere in Polk County, Red, White and BOOM will take to the skies above LEGOLAND Florida; special 3-D glasses will turn the fireworks into exploding bricks.

New Smyrna Beach

The 4th of July Celebration in Riverside Park in New Smyrna Beach kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and goes into the night when a fireworks display takes to the skies at 9:15 p.m.

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

Tampa

The night sky will light up in Tampa on July 1 with Boom by the Bay, featuring six firework displays along Tampa’s downtown waterfront starting at 9:15 p.m. Before the light show, check out family-friendly activities, live entertainment and an apple pie eating contest.

St. Pete

The St. Pete Pier sets the scene with a three-day event celebrating the 4th of July. After days filled with activities, live music, food trucks, a pie eating contest and more, “The Fourth” Independence Day Celebration culminates with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. on the 4th. The show 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 in Safety Harbor, find a seat at the marina or in Waterfront Park in downtown Safety Harbor for the 4th of July Celebration; at 9 p.m. turn your eyes to the night sky as watch as it comes alive with a vibrant fireworks display over Tampa Bay.

Clearwater

This year’s Clearwater Celebrates America returns to Coachman Park in Clearwater and is a day filled with a classic car show, games, health and fitness classes, food and drinks, and even a splash pad to cool off. The choreographed fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m.

Crystal River

Crystal River’s family-friendly 4th of July celebration will actually be held on the 3rd. Not only will the July 3rd Centennial Celebration celebrate America’s independence, but 100 years of the City of Crystal River. Fireworks will take flight over Kings Bay, time TBD.

The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. at the Naples Pier. (photo credit: paradisecoast.com)

BEST FIREWORKS IN FLORIDA — SOUTHWEST

Cape Coral

Cape Coral (near Fort Myers) is ready for Red, White & Boom! this year — are you? After an events-filled day on July 4th, 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.

Naples

After a family-friendly movie on the stadium jumbotron at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex in Naples, the fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. Grab a seat on and watch the night sky light up under the bursts in air.

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

BEST FIREWORKS IN FLORIDA — SOUTHEAST

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

The town of Lantana celebrates the 4th of July with an impressive fireworks show during its fun-filled Annual Independence Day Celebration at Bicentennial Park. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m., with the fireworks show starting at 9:05 p.m.

Boynton Beach

The Intracoastal will light up when Red, White & Blue With a Waterfront View blasts off at 9:00 p.m. on July 4 in Boynton Beach. Before the sky-high show, enjoy live music and dishes from food trucks.

Miami

Miami sparkles in a different way during its Fourth of July Bayfront Park Celebration. When the sun sets, the night sky lights up with an incredible fireworks display.

Florida Keys

Fireworks will light the sky all along the 125 miles that spans Florida Keys. Key Largo’s annual Blackwater Sound Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m., and the fireworks that highlight the Independence Day Celebration at Islamorada’s Founders Park begin at dark. 

Further south, Marathon’s Sombrero Beach is the site of the Marathon Beach Party and Fireworks Show on July 4, one of the Keys’ largest and longest fireworks displays. The show begins at about 9 p.m. on July 3 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 fireworks on 4th of July in Orlando or beyond?

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