We have released the 2013 list of places where you can view fireworks from your boat. Thus far, more than 30 locations have been submitted by local Chambers of Commerce as well as Tourism and Visitor bureaus from across the Sunshine State.
Florida is one of the few states that can offer this many elaborate displays over water, allowing spectators to view the celebration from the comfort of their boat and making for the perfect holiday outing.
There are things that should be kept in mind before venturing out for an evening on the water. Rusty Gardner, founder of Florida By Water, reminds us that even although this can be a great boating experience, safety must always come first. He offers up a few suggestions:
- First, make sure that all of your navigation lights are in working order. It is imperative that other boaters are able to see you in the dark.
- Second, it is very helpful to have a chart plotter or other navigation device on board when navigating at night. Slow speeds are always better in these conditions and a extra lookout could be invaluable.
- Third, make sure you have all of the required safety equipment on board and always wear your life jacket!
- And finally, never drink and boat. As the captain you are responsible for the safety of everyone on your vessel. With this many boats on the water, the 4th of July is not a time to take risks.
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We are updating this list as locations become publised.
Anna Maria Island:
26th Annual "Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular" FIREWORKS that will light up the night sky on the north end of Anna Maria Island. Sandbar celebrates our country's freedom like no other so make sure you get there early for a seat on the deck or on the beach. Valet parking available, delicious specials.
July 3rd 2013, 8:00 pm to 1:00 am
The Historic Apalachicola Main Street Program will be sponsoring a July 3rd Independence Day Celebration on the Riverfront Park in downtown Apalachicola. The day begins with the traditional Red, White and Blue parade at 6:30 pm with an ice cream social after the parade on Riverfront Park. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and music will continue throughout the evening until approximately 9:00pm when a professional FIREWORKS DISPLAY will take place over the Apalachicola River at Riverfront Park. The Apalachicola Main Street Program invites everyone to come out and celebrate this wonderful day.
Bal Harbour Beach
The Village of Bal Harbour 4th of July will be held on July 4, 2013 between the hours of 9:00pm and 9:25pm on the jetty at Bal Harbour Beach, East of the bridge in Bal Harbour, Fl.
From the hours of 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. It will be northwest of Ocean Inlet Park in the Inter Costal Waterway.
On the riverfront and along the harbor. Great fireworks display!"
Red, White and Boom
The Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the City of Cape Coral’s 4th of July party, RE/MAX Realty Team’s Red White & Boom. For over 10 year the best of the Cape Coral business community comes together every July 4th celebrate America with Southwest Florida’s most spectacular fireworks show and party.
Held at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge on Cape Coral Parkway the RE/MAX Realty Team’s Red White & Boom is a day filled with patriotic fun. Throughout the years the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral’s Red White & Boom has won the reputation as the best place in Southwest Florida to honor America on the 4th. By land or sea the experience is remarkable as over 20,000 citizens enjoy coming together in the Spirit of America.
More details: The Cape Coral Bridge and Cape Coral Pkwy. shut down between the bridge and Del Prado Blvd. beginning at 4 p.m . There will be live music, kids carnival, & vendors selling food & beer. *Fireworks will begin at Dusk. for more information contact Bob Knickman 239-549-6900 ext. 109 email@example.com or www.capecoralchamber.com/chamber/events.asp
Local Information: We have some of the best fireworks I've seen on one of our bridges from Ft Myers, the Cape Coral Bridge. People watch from their boats on the Caloosahatchee River or on land, at the beginning of the bridge and surrounding riverfront. There is also a festival near the bridge with craft booths, food, music, and happenings at nearby restaurants. Cape Coral Festivals Information by Tamara B.
Come out to beautiful Riverfront Park to enjoy a FREE concert from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra as they play along with a fantastic fireworks display over the Indian River. The concert starts at 8pm and fireworks begin at 9:15pm. Remember to bring your lawn chairs or blankets and get here early to find a spot. Food and beverages will be available for sale at the park and admission is FREE! Website
Relax on the beach or on your boat and join in as we celebrate the independence of our great nation. There will be unforgettable music and plenty of vendors providing a variety of arts & crafts, local foods, and ice cold beverages. Join us all day long as we will have musical acts from 1 – 9 PM and then the famous Deerfield Beach firework show. Free Shuttle Service from the Cove Parking Lot .
The Delray Beach Downtown Marketing Cooperative fireworks will be held on July 4, 2013 between the hours of 8:30pm and 9:30pm in Delray Beach, on the ocean off Atlantic Avenue Delray Beach, Fl
Watch hungry competitors go head to head in the 3rd Annual HarborWalk Village Hot Dog Eating contest with Dave's Dogs. Enjoy an exciting live concert on the Main stage topped off by a special Independence day fireworks show over the harbor. Family activities, contests, and giveaways make this the coolest place to be in Destin for the 4th!
Local Info: You can anchor at Crab Island or pull up on Norriego Point. The latter is the more popular option as it provides the best view (Local Information by Heather Thompson of Destin Vacation Boat Rentals)
Stars and Strips Freedom Festival
Celebrate Independence Day on Amelia Island with theStars & Stripes Freedom Festival at Central Park in Fernandina Beach, Thursday, July 4, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival will be followed by a patriotic Parade on Centre Street at 7 p.m., a concert of Americana music at 8:30 p.m. in front of the Depot, and fireworks at the Fernandina Harbor Marina at approximately 9:30 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the festival on the Freedom Stage. Other activities include a Parent-Child Look-A-Like Contest, an All American Apple Pie Contest, teamwork games, Fun for the Kids playground, plus food and arts and crafts vendors.
On Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard Website
Block Party 2pm 'til Midnight - Fireworks start at 9:30pm, Contact: 1-855-732-3836 Huge fireworks display! Over the Caloosahatchee River, Food, Live music & kids activities. Website
Fort Walton Beach
The event is scheduled from 4 to 10 pm and will include entertainment, food/display/and merchandise vendors, a bicycle parade for children, a fly-over, and children's games and activities. The evening will conclude with a breathtaking fireworks display at approximately 9:15 pm..
The City of Hollywood 4th of July Celebration Fireworks will be held July 4, 2013, between the hours of 9:00pm and 9:30pm in the Atlantic Ocean offshore of Hollywood Beach. There will be fireworks launched from a barge.
4th of July festivities take place on the Downtown Riverfront starting at 5PM with music and food. The fireworks show begins at 9:45 PM with a spectacular display over the St. Johns River. The Jacksonville Landing and Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel is a great place to view the show. Strobes will highlight both sides of the Main Street Bridge and the east side of the AcostaBridge. Pedestrian visitors can view the fireworks from the north and south banks of the St. Johns River.
Boating and Docking Information
Docking on the Northbank and Southbank and at the Metropolitan Park Marina is first-come, first-served in areas not marked as closed.
- Docking is allowed for a maximum of 72 hours.
- No anchoring between the Main and Acosta Bridge.
- No anchoring west of the School Board Building to the Main Street Bridge.
- No open flames or open flame grills allowed on boats at or on city dock.
- No swimming in the marina or around the city docks.
- For more information, contact the City Dockmaster: (904) 630-0839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fireworks are back for 2013. You can catch a great view from the ocean if we have calm seas.
The Village of Key Biscayne 4th of July will be held on July 4, 2013 between the hours of 8:30pm and 9:30pm in Miami, Fl on the ocean off Key Biscayne Beach front.
Along Key Largo’s bayside,located around mile marker (MM) 103, is where the action happens. An annual fireworks display over Blackwater Sound provides an illuminating viewing experience if seen by land or by sea. The show is to take place on Wednesday, July 4, at 9 p.m. The best bayside seating is at Sundowners and Senior Frijoles Restaurants, Caribbean Club and Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort. Reservations are suggested because seating fills up early. For more information visit www.keylargofireworks.com.
The Lake Worth 4th of July Fireworks Display will be held July 4, 2013 between 9:00 and 9:25 p.m. in Lake Worth, FL.
The Town of Lantana 4th of July Fireworks Display will be held July 4, 2013 between 9:00 p.m. and 9:25 p.m. in Lantana, FL
Boom Boom on the Bay: July 2nd
Fourth Annual" Boom Boom on the Bay" FIREWORKS that will light up the night sky on Longboat Key over Sarasota Bay.( For Boaters- it is Channel Marker 39). Come by boat to Dock & Dine or by car. Valet Parking & delicious specials. Seating is limited so call now to get your spot for dinner and a great show!
Located at: 760 Broadway Longboat Key, FL.
For one of the Keys' largest and longest fireworks displays, families gather for a full day of activities in Marathon for a patriotic parade that begins at 10:30 a.m. and proceeds from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road (MM 50 oceanside) to free-admission Sombrero Beach, where a daylong celebration features food, drink, kids' crafts and entertainment, capped off after dark with fireworks. Marathon is known as the Boating Destination of the Keys, and hundreds of boaters line up in front of the beach for a preferred view of the festivities. Each year hundreds of boaters come out to view the fireworks show via boat, its such a great way to view fireworks. Website Contact: 305-743-5417
The City of Melbourne will present an Independence Day Fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, over the Indian River Lagoon at Claude Edge Front Street Park, 2210 Front Street, just north of the Melbourne Causeway. The boat ramp at Claude Edge Front Street Park is to be closed at 5 p.m. on July 3 to allow for Independence Day activities at the park, and is to reopen at 9 a.m. on July 5
Mexico Beach, FL - Mexico Beach is a great place to spend your 4th of July and they will have a whole array of activities starting with a 5K Run Walk and a children's fishing tournament here on the Gulf. The Fireworks are themed "Best Blast On The Beach" and they will be held at Frank Pate Park overlooking the Gulf. There will be the usual festivities including games and some small rides, with all the great 4th of July foods you would come to expect for good old fashioned family 4th of July outing.
Miami (Bayfront Park)
The Bayfront Park Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Display will be held July 4, 2013 between 9:00 p.m and 9:30 p.m. in Miami, FL. There are approximately 200 spectator boats
Miami (Bal Harbour)
Zambelli Fireworks Inc. will sponsor the Village of Bal Harbour July 4th Celebration Fireworks Display July 4 between 9:00 p.m. to 9:25 p.m. The display will launch from the south jetty of Bakers Haulover Inlet in Bal Harbour, FL. For more information, please contact LT Jennifer Makowski at (305) 535-8724.
Milton (July 4)
July 4th Riverfest
Historic Downtown Milton North and South Willing Street & Riverwalk Area. Live entertainment, arts, crafts, and retail vendor, and concession vendors. FIREWORK DISPLAY OVER THE BLACKWATER RIVER (at dark) on July 4th. 100's of boaters will anchor in the Blackwater River to watch the display .
*A NO WAKE ZONE is in effect the entire day from the North side of Russell Harber Landing to the Railroad Bridge.
*The train tressel of the Blackwater River will be opened to allow access for mooring to the Riverwalk or along the river before Monday’s fireworks. The Railroad Bridge will be operating under extended hours (until 11 p.m.)
Mount Dora is about a 45 minute drive north of Downtown Orlando and is well known for it’s antique shops and quaint neighborhoods. The 4th of July in Mount Dora starts off with a parade along Donnelly Street from Seventh Avenue to Charles Street at 2pm. The party then moves over to Palm Island at Gilbert Park where there will be food vendors and live music and many activities for children including face painting, pony rides, and more. The Mount Dora fireworks show begins at 9pm.
American Pride Celebration
The American Pie Celebration 4th of July is a family friendly event and is designed to be a fun, clean event. The fireworks presentation rivals any in the Southeast. The festivities will begin this year on July 4th at 11:00 AM. At 2:00 PM there will be a parade that will begin at the Kennel Club and proceed to Moosehaven along River Road. Fireworks at approximately 9:30 PM Website
*Dock in the St Johns river across from Moosehaven.( By Water 30.167876°, -81.691096°)
The new West Palm Beach waterfront - the bike path along Palm Beach - and the southern causeway park on Palm Beach.
The celebratory fun begins at 5 p.m. at Lamb & Sutton Park with a free 4th of July concert by Three Dog Night beginning about 7:30 p.m. and performing until about fireworks time when the night sky will be lit up over the water near the Palmetto Fishing Pier around 9:30 p.m. Food vendors and more. Last year the city brought in Eddie Money. 700 Tenth Avenue W. Free admission.
Salute To Freedom
The Panama City Marina with the Centennial Big Splash, Salute To Freedom Fireworks festivities featuring Live Entertainment all day long from 11:00 AM on through the day and night of the Fourth with the Fireworks Show Scheduled for 9:00 PM. This looks like a big celebration and is advertised as the largest Fireworks display in the area. Fireworks will be launched from two individual barges versus just the one as previously used. There is also a Block Party On Harrison Avenue Scheduled to celebrate the 4th festivities. The event will be simulcast on local radio stations. This event attracts up to 50,000 spectators to the Panama City Marina each year. Website
The Historic Grand Lagoon. You can reserve tables at Captain Anderson's, The Boatyard Restaurant or various other Thomas Drive area Restaurants with great seating visibility for the 4th of July Festivities. If you are planning a dinner on the lagoon area. This will really make your 4th of July Holiday Night. Have dinner at one of these restaurants and enjoy the fireworks while probably avoiding much of the Front Beach Road area traffic. The Fireworks are scheduled for 8:30 PM<
Panama City Beach
Star Spangled Spectacular
Celebrate the 4th in style! Don't miss this spectacular event as the beach celebrates Fourth of July. Fun for the whole family, so come out and join us for a day of hometown fun. Don't miss this special performance of The Panama City POPS Orchestra as they honor troops and veterans at 7:30 p.m. at Aaron Bessant Park with a live concert!
Followed by Fireworks at 9:00 pm. - Join us for Panama City Beach's premier fireworks display! Website
Sertoma's Fourth of July Celebration.
For the 23rd year, area Sertoma organizations are once again coordinating and hosting the largest Fireworks display on the Gulf Coast over Pensacola Bay on Wednesday, July 4th, 2013, at 9:00 pm. There will be activities throughout the day, from 11:00 am until 6:30 pm, in Seville Square to include a FREE Children’s Area with inflatables and pony rides, Arts and Crafts vendors, Food vendors, and live entertainment on the gazebo stage beginning at 11:00 am, with a Hot Dog Eating Contest at noon! Starting at 4:00, there will be live music on the Bayfront Stage, featuring Crosstown Band at 4, followed by Bad Habits at 6:30. The festivities will culminate with the fireworks show over Pensacola Bay, synchronized with music broadcast on Cat Country 98.7. Website
The City will be doing a firework show off the pier beginning at 9:00 pm. We will also be including an all day beach bash to include bounce houses, crafts, music, and more!
Fishermen’s Village Annual July 4th Celebration: Independence Day festivities begin at 11 a.m. with Fishermen’s Village Annual July 4th Celebration with live entertainment, children’s activities and a fireworks display over Charlotte Harbor. (www.fishville.com)
Smuggler's 4th of July Festival: Join the festivities on July 4th at Laishley Park from noon - 10 pm. Just a $2 donation at the gate (or for $6 we throw in a 4th of July Blow-out t-shirt). Please don't bring a cooler (they have lots of great food and drink) but do bring your lawn chair, sun screen and your patriotic spirit. (www.smugglers.com)
On July 4, 2013, the city of Sanford will light the sky up with fireworks from just outside the marina along the Sanford Riverwalk along Lake Monroe for Star Spangled Sanford. Website
Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay
Part of the Suncoast Offshore Festival, viewing is free from anywhere downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park. The display is an awesome sight from a boat anchored on Sarasota Bay. Make sure you bring an umbrella just in case of rain. The Sarasota Fourth of July fireworks show starts at dusk or around 9:00 p.m. and is privately funded and charity focused; The Florida Center for Child and Family Development will gratefully accept donations of cash, books, toys, diapers and wipes for newborns through eight years of age. The donation drop points are located at Island Park, Marina Jack, and the Municipal Auditorium. Website
Local Information: Check your current charts, and get there early to ensure a good spot to anchor. As you’ll obviously be enjoying these displays after the sun goes down, make sure you are comfortable operating your vessel at night. Keep a keen eye out for other boaters, stay at least ¼ mile away and up-wind from where the fireworks are being discharged, don’t anchor in a channel, and keep clear of any Coast Guard designated security/safety zones. Be safe and enjoy the show! Form your crusingeditor.com
Sebastian Freedom Festival
You're invited to be a part of the celebration. The City of Sebastian and the Sebastian Lions Club are planning a day of fun for the entire community. The 41nd Annual 4th of July Parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Sebastian Community Center and the Sebastian Masonic Lodge at 1805 Jackson Street proceeding East on Davis Street and South on Indian River Drive to Riverview Park. There will be crafters, food, beer and live entertainment in the park all day long then a firework show at sunset. Some of the festivities include a 5k run/walk, an apple pie baking contest, watermelon eating contest, karaoke contest and much more. The 4th of July Celebration brings approximately 20,000 guests to our community. For more information, contact Norman or Joyce Meyer at 772-664-1839 or 772-913-2279. It's a great view from your boat or along the Riverfront.
Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Siesta Key: 22nd Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Party. Fireworks over Siesta Key are blasted off just north of the volleyball courts, so viewing is good from anywhere south and along Crescent Beach (south of Siesta Public Beach), out on the Gulf, or from the Intracoastal waterway. Good weather brings estimates of 20,000 to 30,000 to the fireworks on Siesta Key, which starts about 9:15 p.m Website
St. Augustine Fireworks over Mantanzas
The spectacular Fourth of July fireworks in St Augustine will burst above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflect in the waters of Matanzas Bay. Have a blast with a 20-minute long fireworks show accompanied by great patriotic music. Best vantage points located along the bayfront between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. Blast off is at 9:30 p.m. The rockets are launched from a barge in Matanzas Bay. Boaters can indeed get a great view from the bay itself. The Marine Patrol and St. Augustine Police Department cordon off a large area of the bay for safety considerations. But there's lots of room for boaters in the north part of the bay. There are also several small, exposed islands where boaters come ashore to watch the show. For more information contact the CVB at 904.825.1005 Website
St Pete Beach
Fireworks will be shot off a barge in the Gulf of Mexico directly west of the beach. They can be seen from any area along the coastline or by boat. July 4th beginning at 8pm
Join us on Thursday, July 4, 2013, at
Spa Beach Park along the downtown waterfront July 4th 9:00 pm weather permitting (weather conditions may result in fireworks any time between 8:30 pm-10:00 pm) No rain date.
We have the best fireworks in the area. They will be done on the 4th and are shot off the 10th St bridge by the Community Center. The FWC holds back boat traffic but you can anchor in the river both to the west and east. Food and glow sticks sold at the community center.
Family Fun with Live Country Music starting at 4 pm.
Children's activity area, vendors, plenty of good All American food. Stuart Community Band will be performing patriotic music beginning around 7 pm. Fireworks begin At 9 pm.
Boaters can view the fireworks while anchored in the river or dock at the City of Stuart courtesy dock and enjoy the activities in Flagler Park. Website
Local Information: It is on the St. Lucie River downstream from the Roosevelt bridge just off the hospital. Many boats usually show up for the display.
at the Florida Aquarium with fireworks over the channel at 9:00 p.m.
Independence Day Picnic in the Park: 10am-2pm, Craig Park Fireworks: Dusk (Best Viewing from Howard Park)
The Venice area fireworks are fired from the south Venice Jetty in the Venice Beach area and there are a number of good vantage points: anywhere along Venice Beach, Nokomis Beach, or from a boat on the Gulf of Mexico or anchored on the Intracoastal waterway, northeast of the Jetty on the water. Fireworks at sunset. Website
Vero's Fourth of July Fun and Fireworks will run from 6 p.m. to about 9:30 p.m. July 4 at Riverside Park. The event will feature bounce houses, food vendors and arts and crafts vendors, with a 15- to 20-minute fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m. and radio simulcast by radio station 93.7 FM The Breeze. Bring your chairs and blankets; personal fireworks, alcoholic beverages and dogs are not permitted in the park. For information, call 772-567-2144.
West Palm Beach
4th on Flagler is the area’s biggest and best Fourth of July celebration, and it’s always family-friendly and free of charge! Lasso your family and friends and come celebrate our nation’s Independence Day on the spectacular West Palm Beach waterfront. In celebration of American goes west, there is a round up of fun including a Wild West Mini Rodeo, the Wells Fargo Kids Area, a “Ride them Hogs” Harley display and the Firefighter’s Silverado Splash and Dash Competition. Two stages of live entertainment, the unfurling of a 5 story American Flag, tribute to our military and South Florida’s most dazzling fireworks display at 9pm make for a bang up 4th of July. This FREE event is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Mayor's Office, Division of Community Events. For more information on the event, visit wpb.org/4th or call 561-822-2222.