Florida Keys Fourth of July Extravaganza: Fireworks, Mermaids, and Key Lime Pie

Brace yourselves, Florida Keys! This Fourth of July is set to be a dazzling mix of beach parties, fireworks, local parades, and even mermaids. Let’s dive into the festive plans scattered across the Keys.

Key West: Party Central

Kickstart your morning on July 4th with the Rotary Club of Key West's annual 5k Walk/Run at 7:30 a.m. Registration opens at 6:45 a.m. at Edward B. Knight Pier. The fun continues with a Patriotic Party at 5 p.m., featuring music, food, and drinks, capped off by a stunning fireworks display at 9 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club’s scholarship fund. Check out Key West Rotary for more details.

The Key Lime Festival is another highlight, running from July 3-7. Don’t miss the World Famous Key Lime Pie Eating Championship at Southernmost Beach Café on July 4th. Gates open at 11 a.m., with the pie-eating showdown at 1:30 p.m. Visit Key Lime Festival for more info.

Mermaid enthusiasts, rejoice! The Key West Mermaid Festival invites you to its “Red, White and Blue and Mermaids, Too” splashing party at Lagerheads Beach Bar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 4th. Plus, meet King Neptune and the mermaid pod at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center on July 6th. Donations are encouraged for the Eco-Discovery Center. More details on their Facebook page.

Big Pine & the Lower Keys: Family Fun

Join the Lower Keys Rotary Club on July 3rd at Big Pine Community Park for an evening of fun starting at 5 p.m. Expect vendors, games, and family activities, culminating in fireworks around 9 p.m. Remember, no coolers, pets, or personal fireworks allowed. Check their Facebook page for updates.

For a festive Fourth of July packed with unique Keys charm, from pie-eating contests to mermaid parades, make sure you’re in the Florida Keys. Let the celebrations begin!