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

There's so much happening on the Space Coast for July 4, 2021, we need to write 2 blogs about it! 

Florida's Space Coast is showing up for 4th of July this year! With 3 nights of fireworks displays in Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Cocoa Village, performances by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, our traditional 4th of July Parade and Mel-BOOM in Historic Downtown Melbourne and an incredible display a the USSSA Stadium in Viera, you're in for a holiday weekend your family will never forget. 

Check out Firework Displays on the Space Coast 

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 Cryderman's in Cocoa Village and Melbourne, Slow & Low in Cocoa Beach and Viera, and TONIX Smokehouse 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

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

Cosmo's Ice Cream Truck Cup
Image and Ice Cream by @CosmosIceCreamTruck


Check out these Great Space Coast Meat Markets 

Grill up some of your own favorites this 4th of July. Quality meat markets pepper the Space Coast and a perfect way to lay low and enjoy grilling at your vacation rental, or at one of our incredible parks, this weekend. 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! 

grilled steak from wassis meat market
Image and steak courtesy of @wassismeatmarket

Boat Ramp Access on the Space Coast 

offshore boat in the indian river lagoon
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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. 

mantee snout in the Indian River Lagoon
Image by @finexpeditions

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. 

Bioluminescence Kayaking
Image by @npiproductions

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's incredible accommodations for everyone!

Fly to the Space Coast with Elite Airways

Elite Airways will be adding nonstop flights from the Melbourne-Orlando International Airport starting July 1st! We are so excited that you can now can jump on a flight in White Plains, NY or Portland, ME and land right here on the Space Coast! Learn more about these new flights here.  Then, book your flight into Melbourne for the 4th of July! 

Book your Flight with Elite Airways

Not in New York or Maine? No worries! You can fly to MLB nonstop from plenty of other US cities with Delta and American Airlines. 

Book your flight to MLB with Delta or American Airlines

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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Vacation Planner for Florida’s Space Coast

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