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The Fourth of July is not only a great holiday because it celebrates Independence Day.
It’s a favorite event because it also means soaking up the sun, spending time outside, barbeques, amazing food, fireworks, parades and quality time with loved ones. And spending it in the Sunshine State is extra special. You could say it’s star spangled spectacular. The weather is amazing, the beaches are plentiful, the fireworks shows over the Gulf of Mexico are incredible, and there are a variety of different towns to explore; each with their own Fourth of July 2019 events.
Do you have plans this year? If not, we have all of the Fourth of July 2019 events in Florida in one place to help you plan.
If you’ll be in or near Central Florida this year for the Fourth of July, Ocala has a couple of events you won’t want to miss. The weather is also cooler, making outdoor events less of a hassle.
God and Country Day at Golden Ocala Real Estate, 7340 U.S.-27, will host the 50th annual celebration at 2 p.m. Parking entrances are located off 225A, South of U.S.-27. The parking fee is $5.
There will be fresh food, live music, games for the family, water slides, face painting, contests, bounce houses, pony rides, and a 30-minute fireworks display at 9 p.m.
There will also be a Fourth of July celebration on the Town Square at Circle Square Commons, 8405 S.W. 80th Street. There will be bands, food, and of course, fireworks. The event starts at 4 p.m. with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Locals enjoy the fireworks display each year, and many come from all over South Florida to see it.
The show begins at 9 p.m. Fireworks are set off from a barge at the end of Bailey Road. To have the best vantage point, find a spot off the Sanibel Island Causeway early. It’s the place to go to watch them. Trust, us, most of Sanibel Island will be there. You never know who you might meet!
Fourth of July 2019 events in Florida don’t have to start at night, either. The Fourth of July parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Make sure you set up your chairs at the beginning of the route off of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road, or at the route’s finish line, Case Ybel Road and Periwinkle Way.
At 10:30 a.m., you can join in the after-parade celebration at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way. The 40th-annual San-Cap Optimist’s Club Road Rally is at Timbers Restaurant and starts at noon. The restaurant is located at 703 Tarpon Bay Road.
Red, White and BOOM in Cape Coral is one of the most talked about Fourth of July 2019 events in Florida. This year, LOCASH will headline the annual Cape Coral fireworks Independence Day celebration at 8 p.m. Neon Summer comes on at 5 p.m. and Hailey and Michaels follows at 6:30 p.m.
The family friendly event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be vendors, a kids park with rides, kids activities and of course, a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. A wristband is required to enjoy the rides. Each session will end after an hour and 15 minutes. Keep in mind, a limited number of wristbands are available. Red, White and Boom is located at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge, just east of Del Prado Boulevard.
Downtown Fort Myers hosts the annual Freedom Fest. The fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m. and it’s free for the public to attend. There will also be live entertainment, vendors and food.
Fort Myers Beach, which is about 45 minutes away from the city of Fort Myers, also has a July 4 parade. It starts at the Bay Oaks Recreation Center at 10 a.m. To catch a glimpse, follow the parade along Estero Boulevard to Times Square. The recreation center is located at 2731 Oak Street.
Beginning at noon, Times Square will host a watermelon-eating contest, patriotic arts and crafts and a dunk tank. Parking is limited and the event is free.
Fireworks on Fort Myers Beach begin at 8:45 p.m. at Times Square. Bring your own beach chairs, and remember that the Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed for the parade from 9 a.m. to noon and from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the fireworks show.
Fireworks at the Naples Pier are also a popular draw for people all over South Florida. They begin at 9 p.m. and are set off from a barge off the Pier. Special effects are choreographed to the 25-minute show. Get there early. The beach will be crowded, but finding a place to park may take some time. No parking signs are also strictly enforced.
The Fourth of July 2019 parade in downtown Naples starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. It will feature school groups, fire engine trucks, floats, dance troupes, bands, civic groups, boy and girl scouts and various organizations.
Head over to Riverside Park at 10451 Old 41 Road in downtown Bonita Springs at 5 p.m. for a Fourth of July celebration featuring live music from the Marc Vee Band, games and activities for the kids and a laser light show. There will also be food and drinks for purchase.
There are so many different Fourth of July 2019 events in Florida, you can’t go wrong whether you spend the holiday in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Ocala, Sanibel Island, or Captiva Island. Each area has something unique to offer. Bonita Springs and Cape Coral are located in the middle of everything. Naples is known for its food and arts scenes. It’s also near the Everglades, if you’re looking for an adventure. Sanibel and Captiva Islands have beautiful beaches and the destinations truly feel like you’re on vacation. Let us know what kind of trip you’re thinking about taking and our Royal Shell Vacation Planners will make it happen.
You never know, you might like your Fourth of July 2019 event in Florida so much, you never want to leave.
Let us know what you do. We’d love to hear how you enjoyed your Fourth of July 2019 vacation to the Sunshine State!