With the 4th of July, 2022 right around the corner, here are 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 decide 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|
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
|City of Alachua fireworks||14210 NW 146 Ter, Alachua, FL 32615|
5 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|
4th of July Family Festivals – Music, Food, Fireworks & More
💥June 25, 2022: 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 food, games, entertainment, free shuttles to riverfront businesses, a poker run, and Homosassa’s only professional fireworks display starting at 9 PM. Located at 5297 S Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448.
💥 Ginnie Springs annual Independence Day Celebration (2022 Update – Event is on!): July 2nd 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 including the Jamie Davis Band this year. 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. (2022 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. 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 annual festival starts at 6 PM and has a free concert, food trucks, vendors, and a firework display starting 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 (2022 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: Sooza Brass Band, Bears and Lions, Savants of Soul, and Gainesville Community Band. Food will be available and fireworks to follow around 9:40 PM. Dogs, sparklers, drones, and alcohol are prohibited for safety reasons. No dogs, sparklers, drones, or alcohol are allowed at the event for safety reasons. Coolers are allowed but may be subject to search by the University of Florida Police Department.
💥Freedom on the Waterfront (Update 2022: 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 Nashville’s breakout country music star Bailey Callahan, Food Trucks, and fireworks. Parking and the event are 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 2022: last year this was only open to OTOW residents, details not yet available for 2022.) 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.
💥 City of Alachua 22nd Annual July 4th Celebration (2022 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 begins at 8 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
An annual independence day event that has been dubbed “The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America.”
💥 Crystal River’s annual Old-Fashioned July 4th (2022 Update: Event is On!) at Kings Bay Park located in Crystal River at 268 NW 3rd St.
The 2022 4th of July celebration will take place from 5 PM to 9 PM in 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 (2022 Update!) at Tavares downtown entertainment district located at Main and Ruby Streets.
From 5-9:30 PM on the 4th of July offering a parade (at 5 PM on Ruby St & Main St), entertainment, kids activities, live music from Slickwood, carnival games, stilt walkers, fireworks, and more! The Fireworks show begins at 9 (ish). Parking in the parking garage is free.
💥 July 4th Weekend Party at Eaton’s Beach (2022 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 of Lake Weir Fireworks.
💥 1st of July City of Eustis Hometown Celebration (2022 Update: Event is on!) in Eustis, FL at 250 Ferran Park Dr, Eustis, FL. Starts at 5 p.m. and goes thru 9:30 p.m.
Kicking-off Independence Day early to show our American independence and patriotism. Enjoy a ski show, fireworks, and a performance by Johnny Wild and the Delights.
Parades (2022 Update)
Mt Dora Independence Day Parade, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m on July 4, 2022. The parade begins at 10:00 am on July 4 at the corner of Donnelly and Seventh and runs to Charles Avenue. Contact Chris Carson at the City of Mount Dora for more information at 352-735-7183.
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!
🎉 Sky Zone Ocala is located at 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 is scheduled for the 4th of July in Ocala at 2601 E Fort King St.
A four-mile race is 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 Memorial 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; is 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 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 is located at 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, etc.
🐄 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. The location is just outside the Villages.
🚣 Rainbow Springs in Dunnellon on 19158 SW 81st Place Rd.
A historically significant park that 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 is located in Ocala at 26701 FL-40, Silver Springs
Subtropical springs have 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 the park in advance.
🐴 Canyon’s Zipline and Canopy Tours in Ocala on 8045 NW Gainesville Rd.
The famous attraction is known for its distinguished location and scenery; customers are served zip-lining & horseback riding. Features are set to 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.