Fourth of July activities in and beyond Alachua County


Alachua’s Fourth of July celebration, which features fireworks at 9:30 tonight, is one of several Independence Day events planned today.

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Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.

While Gainesville’s Fanfares & Fireworks celebration offered a starting salvo of fireworks Wednesday, today’s Fourth of July events around the area continue the festivities with fireworks and other activities planned in surrounding communities.

Here’s a look at today’s Fourth of July events both in and beyond Alachua County.

MICANOPY: Micanopy’s annual Independence Day parade through downtown begins at 11 a.m. on Cholokka Boulevard and is followed by a fish fry ($10 adults, $5 children 12 and younger) at the Micanopy Museum, Northeast Bay Sixth Avenue and Northeast Cholokka Boulevard. Events continue from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with music, food and a bounce house for children at the Carson Roberts Sports Complex, 702 NW Eestaulkee Ave. Fireworks begin at dusk.

ALACHUA: Billed as “The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America,” the town of Alachua’s annual celebration runs from 3 to 10 p.m. today at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex, 14300 NW 146 Terrace, and includes children’s activities such as a petting zoo, bounce hours and water slides. Adults can enjoy bingo contests, dancing groups, vendors and live musical entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS: The “Our Country Day” celebration in Keystone Heights begins with a 5K race at 8 a.m. (registration at 7 a.m.) and features craft and food vendors around Keystone Heights Nature Park and City Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk at Keystone Beach Park, 565 S. Lawrence Blvd. Admission is a $1 wristband sold on a first-come, first-served basis at City Hall and other downtown locations.

LAKE BUTLER: The town’s Fourth of July celebration begins early with registration for a Big Bass Fishing Tournament at 3:30 a.m. at Lakeside Park, Lake Avenue and Northwest Third Street. A 1-mile Family Fun Run starts at 7 a.m., with a 5K run at 8 a.m., while an antique car show runs from 9 a.m.-noon. Activities planned from noon to dusk include bounce houses, karaoke, train rides and a water park followed by fireworks at dusk. Admission is free, but some activities, including bounce houses, games and pony rides are an additional cost.

PALATKA: The town’s Independence Day activities run from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the downtown riverfront and include live music from the bluegrass group, Blast of Grass, near the St. Johns River Amphitheater, 210 St. Johns Ave. Palatka’s Fourth of July parade begins at 7 p.m. at the corner of 11th Avenue and Second Avenue, and proceeds down St. Johns Avenue. Fireworks begin at dusk.

CEDAR KEY: Fireworks are planned to begin at dusk from Cemetery Point Park, Gulf Boulevard and Paroda Avenue, Cedar Key.

HORSESHOE BEACH: The town’s third annual Fourth of July fireworks and celebration is set for Friday and features live music and vendors with fresh local seafood, barbecue and crafts starting at noon across Main Street from Horseshoe Beach Cafe, 534 Main St. Fireworks start at 8:45 p.m.

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