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Celebrating the 4th of July on the Space Coast

Celebrate Independence Day the Space Coast Way

You can still find a way to celebrate with a bang on Florida’s Space Coast, even without fireworks! Here’s a rundown of events and activities you can enjoy on Independence Day 2020.

There’s space for you here along our shores and as we practice social distancing. Our attractions, hotels, and restaurants are following CDC guidelines including increased sanitation and limited attendance. Some locations, like Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and the Brevard Zoo are requiring masks and timed entry, so please plan ahead. Additionally, masks are recommended across the county when you are entering locations that do not allow for appropriate distancing.

Kayak Tour Brevard Zoo

Anchor your Boat for a Free Concert on the Lagoon

Summer is the perfect time to take your boat out on the Indian River Lagoon. Why not enjoy some music while you’re out there? Local rock cover band favorite, Hot Pink, will be performing a free concert aboard the Indian River Queen from noon to 2:30 p.m. The Indian River Queen will be taken out into the river, and responsible boaters are invited to gather around. There are various charters, including Island Boat Tours who may have available boats. Can’t be there in person? Hot Pink will host the event via Facebook Live. For more information, check out the Facebook event at  HOT PINK on 4th of July – Liberty and Justice for All!

Experience Space Coast Bioluminescence 

If you’ll miss seeing the spectacular night shows this 4th of July, try looking down instead of up. Head out on the Indian River via a kayak tour to experience bioluminescence in the water as you paddle under the stars.


For more traditional celebrations, you can head to Merritt Island for the 2nd Annual 4th of July Parade hosted by AZAN Shriners Center at 10 a.m. Down in Palm Bay, you can enjoy a free Movie in the Park and drive-in style showing of National Treasure at 8:30. Spaces are limited, so be sure to pre-register. The Rockledge Country Club will be hosting their Annual Independence Day Golf Scramble, followed by a BBQ.

Spend Independence Day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex 

There are a few ways to learn some American history on 4th of July. Head to Kennedy Space Center to get up close to the Space Shuttle Atlantis, check out Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, and visit the Rocket Garden. After that, take a stroll down the Space Walk of Fame in Titusville.

Space View Park

Explore Space Coast Trails and Beaches 

If you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, you can always rent a pavilion or book a campground spot at a Brevard County park for a small family get together and cookouts, hike a trail, or enjoy a day along our 72 miles of beaches. Remember, it is sea turtle nesting season so be sure to remove trash, knock over sand castles, and fill holes before leaving the beach.

Check out a New Restaurant 

For great food, check out Flavor on the Space Coast. It continues through July 5 across the county, showcasing favorite items and menus specific to the event. More than 30 restaurants are participating, so you’re sure to find something for everyone.

“Florida’s Space Coast has always been a place where you could let go of the stress of your day-to-day life and live in the moment with your friends and family,” says Peter Cranis, Executive Director. This Summer is no different. Whether that means unplugging from the world to finish that book you wanted to read at the beach, or dusting off your mountain bike to hit the endless nature trails our region has to offer, there’s something for everyone to find their peace. On Florida’s Space Coast, There’s Space for you Here.

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Vacation Planner for Florida’s Space Coast

The official Space Coast Vacation Planner Guide is now available. There are two ways to get yours: