June 26, 2015

I’ve got a handy list for you!

By Laura Knight

America’s birthday is coming up, how are you celebrating? I checked in with some neighborhood experts in Central and SW Florida to find out where the best events are happening, and as usual they delivered big time.

You may notice that the theme parks are not on my list. That was intentional. I think we all know how magical the theme park holiday events are, but I want to shine the spotlight on some smaller, but still amazing shindigs.

Let the sparks fly.

My favorites

The Speedway has a full day of action planned for the Fourth and is eager to show off their #DaytonaRising progress. Tickets for the whole day start at $35, kids age 12 or younger cost $10. Live music starts at 4:15 p.m. and the race starts at 7:30 p.m. Free parking. 100 laps, 250 miles!

Here’s what Baldwin Park is doing so right: FREE shuttles! They leave from Fashion Square (which has plenty of parking) and run until 10:45 p.m. Food trucks, artisans, a beer garden, live music and more. Fireworks over Lake Baldwin start at 9:15 p.m. Free admission.

So maybe fireworks aren’t your thing … well, Enzian’s got you covered. For $20 you get beer, barbeque and a patriotic movie. This patriotic gathering is low key and just right. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

 Movies on the lawn at the Enzian. Photo courtesy of Enzian Theater.

Movies on the lawn at the Enzian. Photo courtesy of Enzian Theater.

  • July 4 Fireworks Cruise (Tampa)

Tampa Water Taxi Co. offers firework cruises for $20. Bring your own food and drink (no glass, alcohol permitted). I suggest calling (813.900.3288) for complete details.

Lakeside Bar & Grill at the Grand Bohemian is offering a Star Spangled buffet that foodies are sure to love. Your buffet ticket also gets you VIP access to the lakeside terrace for fireworks viewing. Tickets are $32.95 (ages 12 and under $15.95). Check out the menu >> here.

<img src=”http://static1.squarespace.com/static/542b1b0ae4b0c36d60689aae/t/558d9d4de4b0cb6e17c2847a/1435344206081/” alt=”Lakeside terrace at the Grand Bohemian, ;Lakeside terrace at the Grand Bohemian, Celebration. Photo courtesy of CelebrationHotel.com.

Lakeside terrace at the Grand Bohemian, Celebration. Photo courtesy of CelebrationHotel.com.

  • Charlotte Stone Crabs vs. Palm Beach Cardinals (Port Charlotte) Submitted by Tammy H.

Watch the Charlotte Stone Crabs play ball and then stay for the “best fireworks in Charlotte county”. More info >> here.

Events recommended by local Realtors®

(listed by county)

They never let us down – here’s a great list of July 4th festivities from all over Central and Southwest Florida, with some excellent insider tips.

Charlotte County

  • Laishley Park 4th Fest (Punta Gorda) Bring your own chairs & blankets, arrive early for waterfront spots, and ladies BYOTP – the ladies restroom supply always runs out!” -Nancy W.
  • Englewood Firecracker Festival and Block Party – Presented by Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary, live music, 60 craft vendors. Definitely go to Dearborn Street for their live music and food. There are plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy. –Lynn B.
  • More events in Charlotte County >> here.

Lake County

VisitLakeFl.com has bundled up various community events for you – check it out >> here.

Orange County

Osceola County

Pinellas County

Polk County

Sarasota County

A full day in Venice Insider’s tips from Jim M. and Vickie H.

Seminole County

Volusia County


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