Independence Day Celebrations throughout the Nature Coast
The July 4th holiday is just around the corner and the Nature Coast is celebrating with many events, several of which include live music and fireworks! NatureCoaster has gathered the area’s best Independence Day celebrations to help you plan your fun – with the holiday being mid-week, you can easily celebrate for an 8 day span on local events.
Most of these events are supported by vendor sales of food and drink, so coolers are not often welcome. It is always a good idea to bring chairs or blankets to sit on, bug spray and some funds to purchase on-site food and beverages. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the event’s organizers.
Please do not bring pets to fireworks events. It can be very hard on them. Small children can be frightened by the thundering booms and bright lights also.
Our top picks are listed first, then enjoy the full rundown of what’s happening for celebrating our freedom from the Brits in 2018 along the Nature Coast! If we missed any, please add them in the comments. The NatureCoaster community makes this a better place.
KIAFest Main Street Blast
Start your fun off Friday night and Saturday all day at KIAFest Main Street Blast. This is the nineteenth year that this American-themed celebration has been held in downtown New Port Richey. Starting at 5 pm, Sims Park opens up with a food court, crafters, commercial vendor exhibits, a beer garden, kid’s zone, bounce houses and Miss Daisy boat tours up the Pithlachascotee River. Barefoot Bob and the Hope kick off the live music at 6:30 and a Prince tribute will start at 8:30. On Saturday things open up again at noon, with live music in the park from 1pm through fireworks at dark! A Michael Jackson tribute will cap things off from 9-10:30 pm. It’s free, put on by Greater New Port Richey Main Street and Friendly KIA, as well as several sponsors. Click here for full details.
Red, White and Brews Celebration
On July 3, 2018, the Lake House in Spring Hill will be booming with family fun, music and fireworks. Join the party from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. with FREE parking and FREE admission. Cold beer, wine, food trucks, craft vendors, performances by The Black Honkeys and Never Stop Believin’ (Journey tribute band) will be topped off with fireworks over the lake at dark! Put on by Hernando County Parks and Recreation and Hits 106, this event is sure to be a great time! Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Click here for full details.
On July 4, Sparklebration will provide a leisurely family fun time, featuring an all-american food court at the Pasco County Farigrounds in Dade City. Entertainment includes “The Dennis Lee Show” and “Bill “Elvis” Lindsey” on stage while Fritzy Bros. One-Man Circus, Tony The Balloon Guy, and The Plant Guy stroll the grounds. Free face painting will be available and for a nominal charge there will also be Bounce Houses, Pony Rides and a Petting Zoo for the kids. Sign up for the Watermelon and Hot Dog Eating Contests or the Karaoke Contest. A spectacular fireworks show by Zambelli Fireworks is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. (weather permitting). Gates open at 4pm, and the cost is $6 for ages 13+, no charge for 12 and under. $5 to park. Click here for full details.
Red, White and Blueberry Celebration
Come celebrate Independence Day, the end of the u-pick season, and our latest wine release, Blackberry/Blueberry!
Food trucks, live music, and u-pick berries and veggies, fireworks at dusk. No charge to come in. Bring a chair to sit for the fireworks at the Masaryk Winery and Upicktopia.
Festival starts at 5 p.m. and get there early for excellent entertainment and food. Patriotic Evening is Inverness’ brand of a Fourth of July celebration. View the fireworks from two beautiful lakeside locations as well as other spots throughout town. The fireworks display will dazzle a little after 9 p.m. Music and DJ. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Call (352) 341-7820.
Fourth of July Bandshell Bash – Celebrate America!
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is sponsoring an afternoon of old fashioned fun and games complete with a musical petting zoo, storytelling, food and other vendors in Hernando Park, downtown Brooksville. Pre-concert entertainment by Live Oak Theatre Company will be at 4 p.m., Al Chance performs at 4:45 p.m., Vicki Roush at 5:15 p.m., Memories Quartet at 5:45 p.m. and after our Salute to Veterans, the Hernando County Symphony Orchestra will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Smoking Good Barbeque will be there from 4 to 7 p.m. serving hamburgers and hot dogs, and then BBQ later in the day. Free event, bring the entire family! There will be a special acknowledgement of our veterans and a spectacular fireworks display to see after a day filled with fun and music. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
Old Fashioned 4th of July
The City of Crystal River’s old-fashioned 4th of July takes place at Kings Bay Park. The celebration includes food, beer and wine, live entertainment, games, red, white and blue parade and fireworks! Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Call (352) 795-4216.
Firecracker Smash’m Up!
The Hernando County Fairgrounds is hosting the Firecracker Smash’m Up! event Wednesday, July 4, 2018 starting at 4 p.m. There will be a demolition derby, live music, crafts, games, bounce houses and pony rides. Parking is $5 and the derby is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages four to 12, children three and under are free. Call (352) 796-4552.
City of Port Richey Fireworks Display
Independence Day Fireworks Display will be the culmination of this celebration from 4 to 10 p.m. July 7, at Waterfront Park, 8119 Old Post Road, Port Richey. Call (727) 816-1900, ext. 180 for further information. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.