TOI's Top List of Local 4th of July Celebrations

by TOI Admin June 23, 2014

Gearing up for 4th of July weekend celebrations? We put a list together of some of the top family friendly things to do in North Central Florida for the Fourth (and Third of July), from parades and live music to eating contests and family friendly fireworks.

Gainesville:
Fanfares & Fireworks – Thursday, July 3rd – The annual Independence Day celebration features fireworks and music including contemporary jazz by Richy Stano and Mindwalk, rock and pop by InCrisis Band and traditional favorites by the Gainesville Community Band under the direction of Gary Langford, with a special appearance by the UF Billy Mitchell Drill Team Color Guard.  Begins at 7pm, fireworks begin at 9:40pm, Flavet Field, UF Campus, Free. Click HERE for more information.

Williston:
Independence Day Celebration – Thursday, July 3rd – Come to Horseman’s Park to celebrate on the 3rd! Click HERE for more information.

Ocala:
45th annual God & Country Day Celebration – Friday, July 4th – The annual Independence Day celebration is located the at corner of HWY 27 West and 225A, 3 miles W of I-75. Click HERE for more information.

Crystal River:
"An Old-Fashioned 4th." – Friday, July 4th – Join us for games, contests, food & drink, music, a patriotic parade and FIREWORKS over the river. The fun kicks off at 5:00 with local talent Sophie Noel singing your favorite patriotic songs, then Rebel Soul takes the stage at 5:30 with their country/rock sound. The parade starts at 5:30pm followed by sac races, tug of war, & three-legged race. Pie and hot dog eating contests from 8-9 and fireworks at 9:00pm. Click HERE for more information.

Lake Butler:
Annual July 4 celebration in Lakeside Park in Lake Butler, FL. – Friday, July 4th – Fishing tournament starts at 3:30am, antique car show 9am-noon, family fun run 7am, 5K run 8am, music, midway, food, splash park and fireworks at dusk. Click HERE for more information.

Alachua:
Fourth of July Celebration – Friday, July 4th – The City of Alachua will hold its annual Fourth of July Celebration on July 4, 2014 at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex.  The event will begin at 3 p.m. and last through 10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30. 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. Click HERE for more information.

Lake City:
Lake City Fireworks Show – Friday, July 4th – Starting at 4pm, join us onJuly 4th at the Columbia County Fairgrounds for an evening of great live entertainment and free fun for the whole family! Fireworks begin at 9:20pm. Click HERE for more information.

Steinhatchee:
July 4th Celebration Steinhatchee Style – Friday, July 4th – The festivities will begin with a Mullet Toss @ 6:00 PM. There will be plenty of food on hand, served by our local non profits also beginning at 6:00 PM.  THE BRIDGE WILL CLOSE AT APPROXIMATELY 8:15 PM.  The show will begin at dusk. Traffic will be rerouted to US 19.  FWC will also hold boat traffic back in the river. Don't miss this great time of celebrating our great nation's birth! Click HERE for more information.

Micanopy:
Micanopy July 4th Celebration – Friday, July 4th – The Town of Micanopy is planning a day-long celebration of Independence Day on Friday, July 4th, 2014 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. Click HERE for more information.

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