With 4th of July, 2021 right around the corner (2021 Updates Are Here and more Are on the Way!), here’s some fun family activities to do in and around Ocala and Marion County that include swimming, biking, skating, food, fun and fireworks! Whatever you and your family decides to do have fun, be safe and enjoy the journey!
Show me the fireworks!
|Date / Time (all fireworks start at dusk)||Fireworks Event||Address|
12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
|Homosassa Firework Fest & Poker Run||5297 S Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448|
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
|Ginnie Springs Independence Day Celebration||7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road, High Springs, FL 32643
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
|Inverness Patriotic Celebration||286 N. Apopka Ave, Inverness, FL 34450|
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
|Fanfares & Fireworks||605 Woodlawn Drive, Gainesville, FL 32603|
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
|Freedom on the Waterfront||100 N Donnelly St, Mt Dora, FL 32757|
|Permanently canceled||God and Country Days||7340 US-27, Ocala, FL 34482|
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
|City of Alachua fireworks||14210 NW 146 Ter, Alachua, FL 32615|
3 p.m. to 9 p.m. (ish)
|Crystal River Fireworks||268 NW 3rd St, Crystal River, FL 34428
|OTOW Resident only this year|
4 to 10 p.m.
|The Patriotic Celebration||8405 SW 80th St, Ocala, FL 34481|
|Lake Weir Fireworks at Eaton's Beach||15790 SE 134th Ave, Weirsdale, FL 32195|
5 to 9:30 p.m.
|Rockin in the USA||200 N Sinclair Ave, Tavares, FL 32778|
5 to 9:30 p.m.
|City of Eustis Hometown Celebration||250 Ferran Park Dr, Eustis, FL 32726|
|STARS & STRIPES ROCK-N-FREEDOM EVENT||217 Butler Dr, Satsuma, Florida 32189|
4th of July Family Festivals – Music, Food, Fireworks & More
💥June 26, 2021: HOMOSASSA FIREWORK FEST & POKER RUN!
Be one of the first to celebrate with this full day of family fun starting at 12 PM and includes games, entertainment, free shuttles to riverfront businesses, poker run, and Homosassa’s only professional fireworks display starting at 9PM.
💥 Ginnie Springs annual Independence Day Celebration 2021 Update: July 4th for fireworks. Start your day off with the family doing some kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, tubing or just plain fun in the water during the day. Fireworks at nightfall. Check HERE for admission prices. Ginnie Springs is located at 7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road in High Springs, FL 32643.
💥 Inverness Patriotic Evening on July 3rd. (2021 UPDATE – Event is on!), visit their waterfront parks: Liberty Park & Wallace Brooks.The festivities start at 6 p.m. with opening ceremonies, vendors, and live music. A fireworks display at dark over Lake Henderson. Please leave tents, canopies, coolers and personal fireworks at home. Free and open to the public.
Held at Liberty Park and Wallace Brooks Park located at 286 N. Apopka Ave in Inverness, FL 34450. This is an annual festival that starts at 6 PM and has a free concert, food trucks, vendors and a firework display to start just after 9 PM. The fireworks can be seen from two beautiful lakeside locations and from various spots throughout town. Get there early to make sure you enjoy the entire evening!
💥 Fanfares and Fireworks (2021 Update: Event is on!) is a July 3rd celebration happening in Gainesville from 6 to 10 PM at the University of Florida Bandshell at Flavet Field. The event will feature live bands: Bears and Lions, Jason Hedges with Arts in Medicine Musicians, Savants of Soul, and Gainesville Community Band. Lifesouth Blood Center will conduct a blood drive during the event, food will be available and fireworks to follow around 9:40 PM. Dogs, sparklers, drones and alcohol are prohibited for safety reasons. For safety reasons, no dogs, sparklers, drones or alcohol are allowed at the event. Coolers are allowed, but may be subject to search by the University of Florida Police Department.
💥Freedom on the Waterfront (Update 2021: Event is On!) is a July 3rd celebration happening in Mt. Dora from 4 to 9 PM at Gilbert Park & Elizabeth Evans Park. The event features live music from Sean Holcomb, Bailey Callahan and Diamond Dixie, Food Trucks and fireworks. Parking and the event is free. Elizabeth Evans Park is located at 100 N Donnelly St, Mt Dora, FL 32757 and Gilbert Park is located at 310 S Tremain St, Mt Dora, FL 32757. Please visit the website for all the free parking information.
💥 The Patriotic Celebration (UPDATE For 2021: On Top of the World Resident ONLY event this year) on the 4th of July at Circle Square Commons Town Square located in Ocala on 8405 SW 80th St. Fireworks display at 9 pm. It’s not clear if there will be food or just fireworks, it would seem just fireworks but since this is only OTOW residents this year we will not be posting further on this evening.
💥 God and Country Day at Golden Ocala (2021 Update: We’re being told this event is permanently canceled) on 7340 US-27, Ocala, FL 34482. July 4th, 2019 – The parking entrances are off of 225A, South of Hwy 27.
The 50th annual celebration runs from 2PM thru the Fireworks on the 4th of July. It will include fresh food, games for the family, live music, face painting, water slides, bounce houses, pony rides, contests, and 30 minute fireworks display at 9 pm. It is well-known as the largest fireworks display in Marion county and parking is only 5$.
💥 City of Alachua Annual July 4th Celebration (2021 Update: Event is On!) at Legacy Park located in Alachua at 14210 NW 146 Terrace, Alachua, FL 32615
Gates open at 6 p.m., Sunday July 4. Live music beginning at 8 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
An annual independence day event which has been dubbed as “The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America.”
💥 Crystal River’s annual Old-Fashioned July 4th (2021 Update: Event is On!) at Kings Bay Park located in Crystal River at 268 NW 3rd St.
The 2021 4th of July celebration marks the return of events for the City of Crystal River! Join us for live music, food and drinks, vendors and fun in downtown Crystal River. Fireworks over Kings Bay at 9:00 pm, weather permitting.
There will be fireworks visible around the lake on the 4th.
💥 4th of July in Tavares Celebrating the Sounds of Freedom (2021 Update: Event is On!) at Tavares down town entertainment district located at Main and Ruby Streets.
From 5-9:30 PM on the 4th of July offering parade (at 5 PM on Ruby St & Main St), entertainment, kids activities, Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi tribute band, fireworks and more! Fireworks show begins at 9 (ish). Parking in the parking garage is free.
💥 July 4th Weekend Party at Eaton’s Beach (2021 update, the restaurant is open and there will e fireworks visible from all around the lake as residents celebrate) located in Weirsdale on 15790 SE 134th Ave. Eaton’s Beach was also selected as one of our favorite TOP 10 Best Places To Eat!
This Independence day celebration lasts from July 1st thru the 4th of July on the shores of Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill. All who attend are suggested to wear swim gear. This event is scheduled to include Live Music, Food & Drink, Competitive Beach Games, and the best view for Lake Weir Fireworks.
💥 2nd of July City of Eustis Hometown Celebration (2021 Update: Event is on!) in Eustis, FL at 250 Ferran Park Dr, Eustis, FL
“This patriotic event offers a wide variety of free, family fun. There will be something for everyone to enjoy,” said Erin Bailey, the City’s Event & Tourism Manager. The night will be capped off at 9:30 p.m. with a fantastic display of fireworks over Lake Eustis by Four Seasons Display, Inc. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
Schedule of Events:
5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. TC & Sass (Bandshell Stage)
6:30 p.m. – Central Florida Show Ski Team
9:30 p.m. – Eustis Fireworks by Four Seasons Display, Inc.
💥Stars & Stripes Rock-N-Freedom Event – (2021 Update: Event is on!) A bit further of a drive but more traditional celebrating! live Music by Dion and Collins and a BBQ food truck
FIREWORKS @ 9PM on Dunns Creek
Free to the public!
*coolers and chairs ok
*dogs must be on leash
Parades (2021 Update)
Tavares Parade at 5 PM on Ruby St & Main St in Tavares followed by their annual celebration for all ages. See above for full details!
(No 2021 Update here yet): 🇺🇸 Flag March in Ocala on Silver Springs Blvd.
U.S. patriots march from 10:00 to 11:00 on the 4th of July; this event is free to the public and will include music and inspirational live speakers at the Downtown Square after parade.
🎉 Sky Zone Ocala located on 2400 SW College Rd in Ocala.
A family friendly center to play ultimate dodgeball, compete against others, rock climb and so much more. SkyZone Ocala has told us that if they can get their doors open they’ll have special July 4th hours, so keep an eye on their FaceBook page for more details!
🏃 Iggy’s “Four on the Fourth” Freedom Run scheduled for the 4th of July in Ocala on 2601 E Fort King St.
A four mile race open to everyone on independence day morning. It is scheduled to begin at 7:30 AM and will end whenever you pass the finish line. Records will be rewarded by race officials. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Veteran’s Park and the “WE CAN WEEKEND” program. Registration beforehand is necessary. This event is to commence and finish at the Veteran’s Memorial Park.
🚵 The Santos Trailhead in Ocala on 3080 SE 80th St.
A 4.4 mile long scenic loop bike trail available to the public; completed by restrooms, a picnic area, and a paved parking lot.
🏊 Aquatic Fun Centers in Ocala on 255 NW Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. & 2390 SE 36 Ave.
Public pool facilities that include a water slide, and waterfalls at both locations. Trained lifeguards that are always on duty and each location is officially set to be open from 11 AM – 5 PM on July 4th.
👨👩👧👦 Ocala Regional Sportsplex located on 3500 SW 67th Ave
Offers a vast selection of activities to the community on its 80 acre grounds. Options include baseball fields, batting pits, football fields, basketball courts, two playgrounds, volleyball nets, remote control race car tracks, pavilions, public restrooms, water fountains and much more.
🐄 Uncle Donald’s Farm in Lady Lake at 2713 Griffin Ave
Petting Zoo holding a patriotic animal parade on the 4th of July. This event will be showcasing all types of species ranging from pigs to exotic creatures like ostriches decked out in costume.Professionals will later on provide an interactive independence day lesson on reptiles. Location is just outside the Villages.
🚣 Rainbow Springs in Dunellon on 19158 SW 81st Place Rd.
Historically significant park which offers an abundance of activities such as Canoeing, Tubing, Camping, Picnicking, and Birding. Also acknowledged for its supreme sights, gardens, hiking trails, and waterfalls. It is set to be open to the public on July 4th.
🏊 Juniper Springs located in Ocala on 26701 FL-40, Silver Springs
Subtropical springs which has been designated for public swimming & recreation since 1930. Open to all visitors on Independence day. Also enables picnicking and camping just outside the springs from 8 AM to 8 PM. All camping must be organized with park in advance.
🐴 Canyon’s Zip line and Canopy Tours in Ocala on 8045 NW Gainesville Rd.
Famous attraction known for its distinguished location and scenery; customers are served to zip lining & horseback riding. Features are set be open and available to the community on Independence day at normal hours but appointments must be made in advance.
🚦 Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala on 13700 SW 16th Ave.
International Drag Racing Hall of Fame which features nearly 300 historical cars. For July 4th they will be open to the public from 9 AM to 5 PM.
🏁 Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 July 6th at Daytona International Speedway
This Nascar race has been a fan favorite for almost 6 decades! Includes a Kids Zone, Autograph Session, Merchandise Stands and a performance from Tyler Farr. Tickets will have to be bought in advance.