Making plans for your Independence Day weekend just got easier with a list of Gainesville and Alachua County’s top fireworks displays, parades, live music and festive events. Scroll down for ways to add a spark to your weekend while you celebrate and cheer for the birth of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
Happy July 4th from your friends at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County.
Saturday, July 2
Red, White and Blue parkrun 5K and Picnic at Depot Park
Saturday, July 2, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Add to Your Fourth with a Wildlife Safari Tour at Carson Springs
Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. | Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
8528 E CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609
Roam through Carson Springs Wildlife and see over 100 rare animals in an outdoor nature setting. View big cat and rhino feedings with rare animal interactions and photo opportunities. Book your spot for a Saturday or Monday tour online.
Independence Bash Volleyball Tournament with Gainesville Volleyball at Jimmy Durden Park in Newberry
Saturday, July 2, 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 3
Fanfares & Fireworks 2022 Presented by WUFT
Sunday, July 3, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | University of Florida Bandshell at Flavet Field
605 Woodlawn Dr., Gainesville, FL 32603
WUFT presents a night of music and fireworks at the University of Florida. Performances include The Martin Family Band, Bears and Lions, Sooza Brass Band and the Gainesville Community Band and Gainesville POPS under the direction of Gary Langford. Bring a chair or spread out a blanket and enjoy food from multiple food trucks on site. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:40 p.m.
Monday, July 4
Town of Micanopy Independence Day Parade and Fireworks (PDF)
Monday, July 4, 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. | Cholokka Blvd. in Micanopy
The parade starts at 11 a.m. along Cholokka Blvd. The evening celebration includes music, food, splash zone and free bounce house for the kids beginning at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks launch at dusk.
Red White and Boom in Archer
Monday, July 4, 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate America’s independence in Archer with apple pie and watermelon eating contests, arts, crafts and food vendors and live entertainment. Fireworks begin at sunset.
City of Alachua 22nd Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Legacy Park
Monday, July 4, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Legacy Park
15400 Peggy Rd., Alachua, FL 32615
The annual “Largest Small-Town Fireworks Display in America” draws a crowd of thousands to celebrate the Fourth. Enjoy live music, kids corner, food trucks and a fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m.
4th of July Golf Tournament at Turkey Creek Golf
Monday, July 4, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
44th Annual Jack Gamble Melon Run at Albert “Ray” Massey (Westside) Park
Monday, July 4, 8 a.m.
Free Admission for Veterans at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
4th of July at the Brewery at High Springs Brewing Company
Monday, July 4, 12 p.m.
Add to your holiday weekend with fun things to do for the whole family:
View our weekly What’s Good guide for a variety of events including guided nature walks at Sweetwater Wetlands Park and Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, live music featuring R&B classics with Jimmy Young and Passion at the Free Fridays Concert Series, the live mainstage performance of It’s a Woman’s World at the Hippodrome Theatre and much more.
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