4th of July events 2021
Thinking about what to do besides theme parks for the 4th of July in Orlando? Let me help you navigate through the top Independence Day celebrations throughout the Orlando area.
St. Augustine’s Fourth of July celebration
St. Augustine’s Fourth of July celebration at the Castillo de San Marcos includes a live music concert and a spectacular fireworks display over the historic bayfront. “Fireworks Over the Matanzas” is one of the biggest and best fireworks displays on the East Coast, featuring 5,000 individual shells exploding as high as 2,000 feet and as low as 100 feet.
Starting at 6:00 p.m., the popular local band The All-Star Orchestra performs a two-hour show of big band and swing music along with patriotic favorites. The concert is free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to bring lounge chairs for seating.
The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
St. Augustine has been putting on a spectacular fireworks show on July 4th for the last two decades. Lighting up the sky over the waters of Matanzas Bay, with the Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions in the foreground, the “Fireworks Over the Matanzas” display is truly unforgettable. Visitors are welcome to line the streets and sit anywhere along the Bridge of Lions and South Castillo Drive to view the fireworks from downtown.
Summer Music Series at Lakeridge Winery
One of our favorite locations is Lakeridge Winery in Clermont. The beautiful surroundings are enhanced with complimentary winery tours and tasting. What’s not to like? And every Saturday afternoon in July, it bursts into life with live music by top local bands performing on the outdoor stage. Solo acts also perform in the Wine and Cheese Bar in the Winery. Cornhole games have been set up on the grounds to keep the kids and bigger kids entertained.
The food pavilion provides options from America, Greece, Mexico and includes Seafood and BBQ. Wraps and salads are also available.
Where: Lakeridge Winery, 19239 US-27, Clermont, FL 34715
When: Every Saturday in July: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 2021
Dunedin Orange Festival
One of our favorite locations is the fabulous town of Dunedin on the Gulf Coast. It has everything. There are miles of cycle paths, a delightful marina, and once a year, the Dunedin Orange Festival.
Entertainment comes with live music, a craft beer contest, and food supplied by vendors to soak it all up. A ton of fun for all ages includes a new waterslide and a Pinup Girl Contest. The events start at 10 am with the Fun Zone and progress throughout the day till 10 pm. A full schedule can be found on their website. Give it a try and discover why we like it so much. If you don’t have youngsters who need to get home, the Orange Fest After Dark has live music, beers, and wine to wet the palate, local food vendors, and the spectacular sunset over the Marina.
When: 2021 Dates not yet released
Where: Edgewater Park, Dunedin
Details: Dunedin Orange Festival
Red Hot & Boom Concert & Fireworks in Altamonte Springs
Start celebrating a day early at Red Hot & Boom, one of the biggest 4th of July events in Central Florida. On July 3rd, you and 100,000 of your closest friends will enjoy top musical acts, fun activities for the kids, and spectacular 25-minute fireworks show set to Patriotic music in Cranes Roost Park.
The event starts at 4 pm, but I suggest getting there early to claim your spot along this beautiful lake. The Fireworks show starts at 9:30 pm. Located at 27 Cranes Roost Blvd, Altamonte Springs, FL. 407-571-8863. Parking and admission are free. As food and drinks are an important ingredient of any celebration, various local food vendors will be set up around the lake. You can also pack your own picnic in a soft cooler as no wheeled coolers are allowed. (read my tips for creating an epic picnic) Nearby, check out favorites, Jason’s Deli for great deli sandwiches and salads, or go for the most American of foods, burgers at Five Guys.
Kissimmee’s Monumental 4th of July Celebration
Spend the evening at Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park along Lake Toho celebrating America at the Monumental 4th of July Celebration! Dance through the decades enjoying live music from various bands including Doug E. Fresh, C+C Music Factory, the Gerry Williams Band, and more. The KUA Kids Power Zone with interactive games, a beer garden, food vendors, and a spectacular firework display over the lake. Festivities around the lake from 5 pm-9:30 pm, Fireworks show at 9:10 pm, July 4.
Lake Eola Fireworks at the Fountain
The beautiful setting of Lake Eola is perfect for a relaxing evening with the downtown Orlando skyline as your backdrop. Set up a blanket or chairs along the lake and celebrate the 4th of July with a spectacular fireworks and light show over the fountain, live music, beer garden, kid’s play area, and fireworks finale. Entertainment throughout the park begins at 4 pm with The Fountain show at 9:10 pm. Located at Central Blvd and Eola Drive, Downtown Orlando, FL. Free admission. Local food vendors will be available.
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