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Things to Do this 4th of July Weekend on Florida's Space Coast

Fireworks and fun for the whole family this 4th of July on the Space Coast

Florida's Space Coast is showing up for 4th of July this year! With 3 nights of fireworks displays all throughout the county, performances by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, our traditional 4th of July Parade and Mel-BOOM in Historic Downtown Melbourne, an incredible display at the USSSA Stadium in Viera,  and Red White and BOOM in Titusville, you're in for a holiday weekend your family will treasure forever. 

July 2 - Smoke on the Water & Fire in the Sky | Port Canaveral 

July 2 - Independence Day Celebration | Palm Bay 

July 3  - Smoke on the Water  & Fire in the Sky | Cocoa Beach 

July 4 - Brevard Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Under the Stars | Cocoa Village 

July 4 - Viera's Great American Celebration | Viera

July 4 -  "Red, White and Boom" 4th of July Celebration | Titusville 

July 4 - MelBOOM! 4th of July Fireworks Celebration | Melbourne 


Where to Eat on the 4th of July 

Finding your 4th of July hot dog and BBQ fix is easy here on the Space Coast. With local spots like Crydermans in Cocoa Village and Melbourne, Slow & Low in Cocoa Beach and Viera, and waterfront restaurants in Port Canaveral, no matter what fireworks show you to make it to, you’ll find some delicious food to complement your long weekend away! 

Check out this Space Coast BBQ Guide to find some of the most mouthwatering options

Space Coast BBQ Guide

full plate of barbeque
Can't go wrong with Cryderman's

Check out these Great Space Coast Meat Markets 

Grill up some of your own favorites this 4th of July. Quality meat and seafood markets pepper the Space Coast, load up on fresh meat and seafood then lay low and enjoy grilling at your vacation rental, or at one of our incredible parks, while you wait for the fireworks shows. Each has its own specialty items, spice blends, and recipes you can’t find anywhere else. Check out their Facebook pages to see current specials! 

The only thing better than BBQ on the 4th of July is a scoop of ice cream! Check out this interactive Google Map of all the ice cream spots on the Space Coast so you can find the scoop closest to you! 

Take the Great Space Coast Ice Cream Tour


Boat Ramp Access on the Space Coast 

There is no better way to celebrate the 4th of July than cruising the Indian River Lagoon. If you’re in town just for the weekend, there are a few boat and jet ski rental operations ready to get you on the water. Make sure you make your reservations as soon as possible to secure your vessel, it's gonna be a busy weekend. 


Bringing your own boat to the Space Coast? Check out this incredible map of boat ramps in the area to figure out your best site to launch!

Map of Boat Ramps in Brevard County
Image by @myFWC

 access the interactive FWC Boat Map Ramp for Brevard County 

Boat Safety on the Space Coast 

4th of July weekend is a busy time on the Indian River Lagoon and at boat ramps all over the county. While you’re out boating, pay attention to channel markers and no-wake zones. The Lagoon is very shallow with an average depth of 4 feet. Remember that sand bars shift, so it’s easy to run aground if you’re not paying attention. 

Alcohol and boating do not mix, FWC officers will be out patrolling the lagoon this weekend to make sure boaters are keeping other boaters, kayakers, swimmers, and other people enjoying the water safe this wonderful holiday weekend. 

The Space Coast is also home to many manatees. Wearing polarized lenses will help you spot these sea cows making their way through the lagoon. While they like to frequent certain areas we designate as “No Wake" and “Manatee Zones” they are wild animals that move freely through their natural habitat. 

If you see an injured manatee this 4th of July weekend, make sure to call FWC at 1-888-404-FWCC. You’ll need to provide them with the location where you spotted the injured manatee and the condition it’s in.

Bioluminescence Season

You've seen the fireworks in the sky, now see their natural counterpart underwater. July is prime bioluminescence season. Make sure you book one of these night-time eco-tours to see this natural phenomenon light up the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. 

Check tour availability with each operator, and make sure you book your excursion in advance. They will sell out! 

Some other travel tips to consider when planning for a bioluminescence experience:

  • Bring and wear insect repellant, the Mosquito Lagoon lives up to its name. 
  • Know you will get wet, so dress accordingly.
  • Bring a change of clothes for the ride back to your hotel or vacation rental.
  • Bring bottled water, tours last about an hour. 

Where to Stay this 4th of July

How do you like to travel? Here on the Space Coast there are incredible accommodations for everyone!

Start planning now for your Space Coast 4th of July getaway. From fireworks and food to unforgettable experiences on the Lagoon, the Space Coast is the only place you'll want to be this holiday weekend. 

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