Celebrate your independence this summer in the Sunshine State! You’ll find hundreds of fireworks shows, parades, and festivals throughout the great state of Florida during the summer, culminating in a massive set of parties on the 4th. Is there anything better? Fireworks, food, time with family and friends, and of course carnival games.

So which events are worth your time? We’ve nominated our favorite 9 fireworks celebrations to check out this July 4th. Congratulations to all that made our list, and to you Florida travelers next week, stop in and be ‘wowed’ by the spectacle provided by these award-winners.

Top 4th of July Fireworks Shows in Florida

HarborWalk Village Fireworks (Destin)

About the show: The 4th of July Celebration at HarborWalk Village in Destin will feature live music and entertainment throughout the evening starting at 7PM followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 9:15 PM. Live music will be provided by Eli Hannon and the Manly Hero, plus a fire spinning event at 9:30 PM! Free for all to attend.

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Sertoma’s Fourth of July Celebration (Pensacola)

About the show: Since 1989, the area Sertoma Clubs have been hosting a huge patriotic 4th of July Celebration, including the largest Fireworks display on the Gulf Coast over Pensacola Bay. There will be FREE activities throughout the day, from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, in Seville Square to include a free Children’s Area with inflatables, rock climbing wall, pony rides, Character Meet & Greet, face painting, and much more!

There will also be a variety of Arts and Crafts vendors, Food vendors, and live entertainment on the Bayfront stage in the evening. Most food vendors will stay open until 9 pm. Of course, the 4th of July would not be complete without a Hot Dog Eating Contest!

Don’t miss an exciting FREE Sparks & Stars performance from the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra at the Hunter Amphitheater in Vince Whibbs Community Maritime Park at 7:30 pm. The festivities will culminate with an amazing fireworks show over Pensacola Bay at 9 pm, perfectly synchronized with music broadcast on CatCountry 98.7.

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Downtown Apalachicola Independence Eve Celebration (Apalachicola)

About the show: If you just can’t wait for July 4th, join the thousands of people who come from near and far to celebrate our Independence, a little ahead of everyone else in America, on Independence Eve! Riverfront Park, on Water Street in downtown Apalachicola, is the place to be. This fantastic event culminates in a stunning fireworks display over the Apalachicola River.

Enjoy great food, a parade, free ice cream, the veteran’s tribute, art activities and bouncy houses for the kids, and more. We’re excited to announce that this year’s featured entertainment will be the Bo Spring Band. Admission is free, and lawn chairs and picnic blankets are welcome. Enjoy delicious fare from a variety of local and regional vendors in the food truck court.

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Red, Hot, & Boom! (Alamonte Springs)

About the show: The City of Altamonte Springs and XL 106.7 are hosting yet another spectacular Independence Day celebration to honor the birthday of America! Come rain or shine, Red Hot & Boom will deliver an unforgettable night of great performances, mouthwatering eats and beautifully synchronized fireworks. Join one of Central Florida’s most patriotic traditions and come on out for a night filled with good old-fashioned fun!

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July 4th Fireworks (Jacksonville)

About the show: Put on your favorite red, white and blue and join the city of Jacksonville along the majestic St. Johns River in Downtown for the best July 4th Fireworks show on the First Coast! The show will begin at 9:45 p.m.

Fireworks will be launched high above the St. Johns River from the Acosta Bridge and from a barge on the St. Johns River between the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Lexington Hotel & Conference Center, Jacksonville Riverwalk, and DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront hotels. This spectacular show will begin at 9:45 p.m. and last approximately 15 minutes.

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America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park (Miami)

About the show: Check out America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park! There are dozens of places you can see 4th of July Miami fireworks, but why not see the biggest and the best? Live music starts at 2pm and continues all the way until fireworks time.  The stage is located right in the middle of the Budweiser Beer Garden. There are plenty of free activities at Bayfront Park for the entire family including the Family Fun Zone.

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Celebrate America (Tallahassee)

About the show: Join Tallahassee residents on July 4 at Tom Brown Park for Celebrate America, Tallahassee’s annual Independence Day celebration. A fun-packed day for the entire family complete with Food Vendors, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Business Exhibitors and a fantastic kid’s activity area with bounce houses. Don’t forget to bring your ID for the Kiwanis Miller Lite Beer Garden! There will also be a naturalization ceremony before the fireworks.

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4th of July Spectacular (Fort Lauderdale)

About the show: Celebrate America’s Independence Day at the City of Fort Lauderdale’s free 4th of July Spectacular!  The Independence Day Celebration will feature a patriotic extravaganza featuring live bands, a kids zone, beach games, contests, family activities and a dazzling fireworks display. The 4th of July Spectacular takes place on July 4 from Noon to 9:30 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.

The Kids Zone will provide non-stop energy and excitement along with plenty of music and comic relief from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Highlights will include DJ, music, bounce houses, water slides, face painting, beach games and contests. Make sure to bring your appetite so you can compete in an old-fashioned hot dog eating contest. And if that doesn’t fill you up, top it off by participating in a July 4th apple pie eating contest!

Live music kicks off with Brass Evolution from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. From 7:45 to 9 p.m., country music icon Lee Greenwood will entertain event attendees with his famous patriotic tunes such as, “God Bless the U.S.A.”

As the sun goes down watch the sky light up with the City’s spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m. This dazzling pyrotechnic display is simulcast with music on 101.5 LITE FM and is an annual favorite for all!

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Star Spangled Spectacular (Panama City Beach)

About the show: Panama City Beach celebrates the 4th of July with the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast as fireworks are fired from the identical City Pier and County Pier. Be sure to tune in to Kickin 103.5 app for a choreographed music simulcast!

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