What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, July 1-7, 2021

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Plan your Independence Day festivities with What’s Good. The weekend is packed with fun including fireworks, parades, food trucks, and live music. Featuring the Town of Micanopy’s Independence Day Celebration and Fanfares & Fireworks in Gainesville on Saturday. Plus, the City of Alachua’s “Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America” on Sunday, and much more.

Get outside for guided nature walks at Sweetwater Wetlands Park or at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens – featuring the record-setting giant Victoria water lilies – catch a glimpse before they’re gone! Find live entertainment with the mainstage performance of “It’s A Woman’s World” at the Hippodrome Theatre, or enjoy R&B classics with Jimmy Young and the Passion band at the Free Fridays Concert Series.

We hope that your 4th of July is illuminated by the people and activities that bring you joy. Read on for more of What’s Good!

Be safe and be well,
 –Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County 

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The below information was accurate at the time of publishing. Due to the current fluctuating environment, please contact organizers directly to double check details.

Individual business in Alachua County may have masking and distancing requirements at their private establishments. We encourage you to become familiar with businesses, venues and attractions you intend to visit and to reach out directly to these establishments should you have questions regarding their current public health and safety procedures. 

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Add a Spark to Your Independence Day Weekend with Fireworks Displays and Celebrations in Alachua County

Fanfares & Fireworks 2021
Saturday, 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 Bears and Lions, Jason and Sarah Hedges, Savants of Soul, 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 display begins at approximately 9:40 p.m. 

Town of Micanopy Independence Day Celebration with Parade and Fireworks
Saturday, July 3, 9:30 a.m. | Cholokka Blvd. in Micanopy
The Micanopy Historical Museum hosts its annual Fish Fry at 9:30 a.m. until sold out. The parade starts at 11 a.m. along Cholokka Blvd. The evening celebration includes music, food and free bounce house for the kids beginning at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks launch at dusk.

The City of Alachua Hosts the Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America
Sunday, July 4, 8 p.m. | Legacy Park
15400 Peggy Rd., Alachua, FL 32615
Parking opens up at 6 p.m. followed by live music. Crooked Counsel takes the amphitheater stage at 8 p.m. The fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m.

City of Archer Red White and Boom
Sunday, July 4, 2 pm. | Wilson Robinson Park
13975 SW 174th St., Archer, FL 32618
Enjoy an afternoon with family-friendly activities, live music, food vendors and fireworks. Musical acts include Joey Holiday and VIBE. Fireworks begin after sundown. The official after-party continues at The Mustang with an encore performance by Joey Holiday.

Sail Away with the Independence Day Boat Parade on Lake Santa Fe
Sunday, July 4, 11 a.m. | Melrose Bay
25500 Devonia St., Melrose, FL 32666
The Fourth of July Boat Parade is a long-standing tradition in Melrose. Decorated boats gather at Melrose Bay located at the south end of Lake Santa Fe. The boat parade is open to all who would like to participate. Docks provide a great place for viewing.

See a Patriotic Procession at the Waldo Independence Day Weekend Parade
Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m. | Waldo City Square
14450 NE 148th Ave., Waldo, FL 32694 
Watch golf carts, scooters and other decked-out vehicles parade through Waldo. Join the fun as the parade makes its way to Waldo City Park for an afternoon of hot dogs, a bounce house and music. 

Get Face to Face with Rare Animals on a Fourth of July Weekend Safari Tour
Saturday, July 3 and Monday, July 5, 10 a.m. | Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
8528 E County Rd. 225, Gainesville, FL 32609 
Carson Springs celebrates Independence Day weekend with walking and riding tours on Saturday and Monday. Located on 275 acres of lush Florida woods and farmland, wildlife tours let you see approximately 30 rare and endangered species and over 100 animals. Reserve your tour online.

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its a womans world

It’s a Woman’s World at The Hippodrome
Thursday, July 1 – Saturday, July 3 | The Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Live mainstage performances continue at the Hippodrome with It’s a Woman’s World, an ode to the lives of women: the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Experience Kelly Atkins Morgan, Zoe Wilde and Savannah Simmerly deliver a performance fit for the heat and fun of Summer.

birds and brews

Go on a Guided Bird Walk with First Mag at Birds and Brews
Sunday, July 4, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Join volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society at First Magnitude Brewing Company and embark on a bird walk to Depot Park. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair for the hour-long guided tour. After the tour, return to the brewery for a refreshing craft beer or non-alcoholic beverage.

52 years later

Experience the Impact of the Stonewall Uprising at 52 Years Later: 3 Short Films Honoring Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera
Friday, July 2, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | The Wooly
30 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Top Secret Events presents stories of prominent figures from the Stonewall Uprising. In 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn and sparked the gay rights movement in the U.S. and around the world. Proceeds benefit Unspoken Treasure Society, aiming to support and fulfill the needs of the trans community by ensuring every trans voice of color is heard and understood.

free fridays presents jimmy young

Dance the Night Away to Your Favorite R&B Classics with Jimmy Young and the Passion Band
Friday, July 2, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Jimmy Young and his band Passion play some of the most popular R&B songs of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s from artists including The Temptations, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cook, Aretha Franklin, Hall and Oats and many more. 

The Free Fridays Concert Series is the region’s longest-running free outdoor concert series featuring local and regional talent. Grab dinner at a downtown Gainesville restaurant, and find a cozy spot on the Bo Diddley Plaza lawn to enjoy a live music concert every Friday night through October.

story time on the green

Bring the Little Ones to Laugh, Sing and Learn at Story Time on the Green with Alachua County Library District
Now through October 2 | Various Locations 

The Alachua County Library District hosts a new series of free, outdoor programs perfect for infants through five-year-olds. Parents and families can bring blankets and chairs to spread out while library staff share stories, songs, and activities for kids.
Possum Creek Park, 4009 NW 53rd Ave., Gainesville
Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Ave., Gainesville
Lois Forte Park, 120 NW 260th St., Newberry
Headquarters Library courtyard, 401 E. University Ave., Gainesville
Hawthorne Branch, 6640 SE 221st St., Hawthorne
Wilson Robinson Park, 13975 SW 174th St., Archer
High Springs Farmers Market, 23517 NW 185th Rd., High Springs
Veterans Memorial Park playground area, 7400 SW 41st Pl., Gainesville
Smokey Bear Park, 2300 NE 15th St., Gainesville
Waldo Branch, 15150 NE US Highway 301, Waldo
Hitchcock Baseball Park playground, 15120 Main St., Alachua
Park by the fire station, corner of NE Cholokka Blvd. and NE 7th Ave., Micanopy

jonathan foster

Relish in the Soulful Roots Americana Sounds from Jonathan Foster
Friday, July 2, 7 p.m. | Curia on the Drag
2029 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL 32609 

On tour from Redding, CA, Jonathan Foster delivers guitar-driven vocals with harmonica and introspective lyrics. Relax at the Curia on the Drag complex with coffee, tea and a treat from the vegan bakery, or a grab a drink from Dad’s Bar. With two and a half acres, there is plenty of space to spread out.

songwriters roundup

Listen to Rotating Lineups of Amazing Storytellers at Songwriters Roundup 3
Wednesday, July 7, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. | High Springs Lions Club
26900 Hwy 27, High Springs, FL 32643 

A simple stage hosts three musicians per round. Learn how songs get written and constructed before each artist performs. Arrive early at 6 p.m. to meet one on one with the talented musicians. The lineup includes notable songwriters Mike Boulware, Clay Brooker, Ellen Bukstel, Paco and more.

Sweetwater Wetlands Park water and land

Look for Alligators, Sandhill Cranes, Limpkins and More on a Ranger-Led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, July 3, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SW Williston Rd., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Pre-register for the tour to see wildlife like birds, alligators, and more along the trails of Sweetwater Wetlands Park. The ranger-led tour includes a half-mile walk and last about an hour. Bring water, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

giant victoria waterlilies at kanapaha

See the Giant Victoria Water Lilies and Find What’s Blooming on a Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608  

Summer is the growing season for the Giant Victoria Water Lilies. They will reach over 6 feet wide. Stroll through the collections including the state’s largest display of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the southeast.

kulaqua river ranch wave pool

Make a Splash in the Wave Pool at Kulaqua River Ranch
Sunday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Kulaqua River Ranch

23400 NW 212th Ave., High Springs, FL 32643 

Beat the heat and squeeze in a day of fun at a unique area water park. Traditionally only open to private parties, on community days, the Kulaqua River Ranch Water Park is open to the public for a day of fun. Cruise down the lazy river, descend the huge water slide and float in the wave pool.

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Arts & Theatre

Independence Day Sip and Create with Baily Learning and Arts Collective at Rosa B Williams Center/352artspace
Friday, July 2 , 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Vintage Dance Company Jazz Dance Social at Momentum Dance Arts
Friday, July 2, 8 p.m. 

Latin Music and Dancing with Free Dance Classes at Bachata Boulevard
Thursday, July 1, 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. 

(sold out) Single Day Knife Making Workshop at Crooked Path Forge
Wednesday, July 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Music & Performance

Red, White and Blue Karaoke at The Queens Arms
Thursday, July 1, 5 p.m.

Tchami with Destructo and Mija at Vivid Sky Warehouse
Thursday, July 1, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Classic Rock and Blue with Johnson & Burns at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Thursday, July 1, 6 p.m.

Thursday Comedy Show at Flaco’s
Thursday, July 1, 7 p.m.

Metallica Tribute with Hardwired, Guns n’ Roses Tribute with Rocket Queen at High Dive
Thursday, July 1, 8 p.m.

Classic Rock and Blues with Johnson & Burns at Wahoo Seafood Grill
Friday, July 2, 6 p.m.

TriCounty Hip-Hop Awards Show at High Dive
Friday, July 2, 8 p.m.

Soul, Jazz, Funk, R&B with The Browns at Lightnin Salvage
Friday, July 2, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

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Punk and Alternative with ‘90s Wannabes and Bath at Vecinos
Friday, July 2, 9 p.m. 

House and Bass Music with Frolik at The Loft
Friday, July 2, 10 p.m.

Hardcore Metal Music with The Pine Drape, Eroding the Past, Pupal at High Dive
Saturday, July 3, 8 p.m. 

Gypsy Jazz with Dean Johanesen at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, July 3, 6 p.m. 

Power Pop Music with Arrows In Action, Sooza Brass Band, Jenarchy
Saturday, July 3, 7:30 p.m. 

Rappers Roulette at Swamp City Lounge
Saturday, July 3, 7 p.m.

Southern Rock on the Fourth of July with Hogtown Slayers at Pink Flamingo Diner
Sunday, July 4, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Blues and Rock on the Fourth of July with the Good Voodoo and Southern Burn The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Sunday, July 4, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Punk Rock at Fourth of July at Swamp City Gallery
Sunday, July 4, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Jazz with Joe Breidenstine at The Keys Piano Bar and Grill
Monday, July 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Comedy Cellar Tuesdays at The Midnight Underground
Tuesday, July 6, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Country Music with Seth Dukes, Jon & Logan at Woodyard Grill
Wednesday, July 7, 7 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Country Music with Clay Brooker and Rype n Ready Caribbean Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, July 1, 7 p.m. 

Americana with Mr. Aullie at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, July 2, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

American Folk Music with Quincy Allen Flint, Vince Ryan, Rafael Rivera at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Friday, July 2, 7 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel and Mexicocina Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, July 2, 7 p.m.

miles for murica

Miles for Murica 5K at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Favorite Alternative Rock Songs with The Remedy and Taste Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, July 3, 7 p.m. 

Bottomless Mimosas at Big Top Brewing Company, Gainesville
Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Sunday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Bloody Mary Sunday at Blackadder Brewing Company
Sunday, July 4, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Beer Bingo Tuesdays at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Tuesday, July 6, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Outdoor Yoga For All with YogaLoka at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Tuesday, July 6, 6 p.m. 

Team Trivia at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Wednesday, July 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 7, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

U-Pick Blueberries at Bluefield Estate Winery
Thursday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Cypress & Grove Farmer’s Market
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

One Love Café Local Market
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

GNV Market at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

High Springs Farmer’s Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Newberry Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alachua County Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Haile Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Waldo Farmer’s Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bites & Brunch

Now Open: Feeline Good Cat Cafe
A cafe created by cat lovers for cat lovers. Enjoy a cappuccino or latte with adorable kittens available for adoption.

Pop-Up Wine Tasting with Downtown Wine and Cheese at The Dunbar Hotel
Thursday, July 1, 6:30 p.m. 

Celebrate 12 Great Years at Embers Wood Grill with 60-day Aged Prime Bone-In Ribeye, Specialty Wines, Champagnes and Rare Bourbons
Now through Saturday, July 3

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Micanopy Pie Potluck at Mosswood Farm Store
Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m.  

Red, White & Booze Brunch at World of Beer
Sunday, July 4 11 a.m. 

Dine at Local Restaurants, Enjoy Outdoor Seating or Grab a Meal To-Go
Dine-in or take advantage of additional outdoor seating expanded onto sidewalks like “GNV Commons” in downtown Gainesville.

Did you know that our dining scene regularly makes national headlines? Find out why We Chomp with the best of them!

Find a searchable list of Alachua County restaurants here.


Funtastic Fridays at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, July 2, 5:30 p.m. 

Friday Night Street Legal Madness Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Friday, July 2, 6 p.m. 

“World Famous” 43rd Annual Jack Gamble Melon Run
Sunday, July 4, 8 a.m.  

Gators Football Single Game Tickets Now on Sale
The Swamp is back. Join the action at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, starting with tailgating and the Gator Walk, as single-game tickets to Florida football home games are on sale now to the general public. The 2021 schedule opens under the lights against Florida Atlantic on September 4. 

Stay with the Gators at Hilton University of Florida Hotel and Conference Center
Enjoy a Friday Pep Rally with Photo Ops and Saturday Tailgate Before the Game

Parks & Trails

Depot Park Weekly Timed 5K with parkrun
Saturday, July 3, 7:30 a.m.

Trek Through Trails: Top 5 Family-Friendly and Dog-Friendly Hikes
Spending time in nature has been proven to benefit the mind, body and spirit, so round up the kids, find the dog, or go solo and reacquaint yourself with the outdoors on Alachua County’s nature trails.

River & Springs

Poe springs

Recharge and Experience Nature at Poe Springs, Now Open for the Season
Open Daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Swim Into the Freshwater Springs and Experience Nature Near Gainesville
The springs are a perfect way to get outside and explore the untouched natural side of Florida. Did you know North Florida is home to over 1,000 freshwater springs? The water flows crystal clear at 72 degrees all year round so make a splash on your Gainesville and Alachua County itinerary.

Museums & Galleries

The Geometrics of Lighting Gallery Opening at Hotel Indigo
Friday, July 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Artisans’ Guild Gallery Red Dot Sale
Now through July 31, 6 p.m. 

Martha Underriner’s Unobserved at 4Most Gallery
Now through Friday, July 9, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Free Admission for Veterans to the Butterfly Rainforest and Survival of the Slowest Exhibits at Florida Museum of Natural History
Sunday, July 4, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

GFAA Summer Showcase
Tuesday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

between heaven and earth

Between Heaven & Earth – The Paintings of Alyne Harris at Thomas Center Galleries
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Discover How Everyday Items are Made at the CADE Museum’s Newest Exhibit and Shop the Loot Lab Gift Shop for 25% Off through July 4
Friday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Micanopy historical society museum

Now Open: Micanopy Historical Society Museum
Wednesday – Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Florida Landmarks and Scenic Coastlines are Depicted Across Nearly 170 Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings at “A Florida Legacy: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers” at the Harn Museum of Art
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women at the Matheson History Museum
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

See Live Animals in the Survival of the Slowest Exhibit at the Florida Museum
Open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Save The Date

X-Brides Club at The Wooly, July 16

GFAA Artist Studio Tour, July 16-18

Potterhead Day at Swamp Head Brewery, July 29

WWE Supershow, August 8

The Fest Presents The Warmup, August 14

Gainesville Reggae Festival, September 25

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