July 2nd – 4th 2016 Fireworks Events & Celebrations in and around Alachua County

    July 2nd

    Keystone Heights
    “Our Country Day Celebration” Begins
    7 – 11 pm Street dance, Keystone Airport (SR 100)
    Music by Southern Rukus: Today’s hottest country hits, traditional country, classic rock & southern rock music.
    The Keystone Street Dance will feature food, beer, live music and children’s activities.

    July 3rd

    Fan Fares & Fireworks
    UF Bandshell at Flavet Field
    605 Woodlawn Drive
    Gainesville, FL
    7:00 pm – 10 pm
    Fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:40 pm

    Celebrate the 4th on the 3rd at this annual Independence Day Eve celebration. Families and individuals can picnic in the grass, enjoy two musical groups and watch a spectacular fireworks show. The event is free and open to the public. No dogs or sparklers. and coolers may be searched. During the event, LifeSouth Blood Center will conduct a blood drive and concessions will be available for purchase. For safety reasons, no dogs, sparklers or alcohol are allowed at the event. Coolers are allowed, but may be subject to search by the University of Florida Police Department.

    Keep up with the action on social media using the hashtag #Fanfares16

    Musical groups include:
    Bears and Lions
    The Savants of Soul
    Gainesville Community Band

    July 4th

    City of Alachua Annual Fireworks Celebration
    Hal Brady Recreation Complex
    14300 NW 146th Terrace
    3 pm – 10 pm
    9:30 Fireworks

    The City of Alachua has dubbed its celebration “The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America.” The annual event draws more than 30,000 people to Alachua and has great economic impact on businesses in our area. There are dozens of activities for the kids, including a petting zoo, bounce houses and water slides. This year kids can also take advantage of the spray park and skateboard park located on site. For the adult audience there are several unique vendors, bingo contests, dancing groups and live musical entertainment to name a few. Without a doubt the event has something for everyone and of course the hottest fireworks around.

    Micanopy’s Annual Independence Day Celebration

    The Town of Micanopy is planning a day-long celebration of Independence Day on Saturday, July 4th, as it has done for over a quarter of a century. The day will begin with our annual parade at 11:00 am and Fish Fry at the Micanopy Museum immediately following; then onto the Ballpark for music, food, and fun, including a bounce house free for children starting at 5:30 pm; and culminating with the Annual Fire Works display at dusk. Bring blankets, chairs and bug repellent.

    July 4 | 11am-dark
    Parade: 11 am
    Fish Fry: Approx: 1:30 pm – 3 pm
    Bounce House: 5:30 pm – 9:45 pm

    Parade through downtown begins at 11 am on Cholokka Boulevard and is followed by a fish fry at the Micanopy Museum, Northeast Bay Sixth Avenue and Northeast Cholokka Boulevard. Events continue from 5:30 to 9:45 pm with music, food and a bounce house for children at the Carson Roberts Sports Complex, 702 NW Eestaulkee Ave. Fireworks begin at dusk.

    Fourth of July Boat Parade
    Lake Santa Fe, Melrose, FL

    A long-standing tradition on Lake Santa Fe is the annual 4th of July Boat Parade. Typically the circumnavigation begins at 11 am. Boats gather at the entrance to the Lake Santa Fe Boat Ramp, Alachua County, at the south end of Big Lake Santa Fe. The circumnavigation goes counter-clockwise along the shore of both lakes. Anyone interested can simply decorate your vessel and come along. Docks provide a great place for viewing. Or, when the red, white and blue boats motor by, feel free to jump in your own vessel and join the parade!

    Keystone Heights “Our Country Day” Celebration Continues!
    8 am – 5k
    9 am – Volleyball Tournament
    9 am – Bluegrass and Acoustic pickin’
    9 am – 4 pm Crafts, food & vendors
    10 am – Baby crawl
    11 am – Our Country Day Parade
    1 pm – Watermelon Eating Contest
    5 – 10 pm Live Music by Relentless
    9:30 pm – Fireworks on the Keystone Beach

    The “Our Country Day” celebration in Keystone Heights begins with a 5K race at 8 a.m. (registration at 7 a.m.) and features craft and food vendors around Keystone Heights Nature Park and City Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Our Country Day parade begins at 11 a.m. In years past it has always featured a marching band, floats, bicycles, Shrinersbuggies, bicycles, beauty queens, tractors, clowns and more surprises. Prizes are awarded to units for such categories as closest to theme, commander’s choice, the best marching band and others. Fireworks start at dusk at Keystone Beach Park, 565 S. Lawrence Blvd. Admission is a $1 wristband sold on a first-come, first-served basis at City Hall and other downtown locations.

    Additional Out of Area Locations

    Jacksonville

    City of Jacksonville Beach
    9:00 pm
    Fireworks will be shot from the Jacksonville Beach Pier

    St. Augustine
    St. Augustine’s July 4th celebration by the Castillo de San Marcos includes a live music concert and a spectacular fireworks display over the historic bayfront. “Fireworks Over the Matanzas” is one of the biggest and best fireworks displays on the East Coast, featuring 5,000 individual shells exploding as high as 2,000 feet and as low as 100 feet.

    Starting at 6 p.m., the popular local band The All Star Orchestra performs a two-hour show of big band and swing music along with patriotic favorites. The concert is free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to bring lounge chairs for seating. The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. http://augustine.com/event/fourth-july-fireworks-and-concert

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