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Fourth of July Firework Events by Boat [2023]

Fourth of July Firework Events by Boat [2023]
Fourth of July Firework events

As the Fourth of July draws near, anticipation builds for the breathtaking firework displays set to light up the sky from coast to coast. Boaters from the sunny shores of Southern California to the tranquil waters of the Florida Gulf Coast are preparing for an unforgettable experience. Join the festivities and celebrate our nation’s independence in true boater style by cruising to the most stunning firework shows accessible by boat in 2023. Make a splash and pay tribute to our great country.

The Best 2023 Fourth of July Firework Events


Long Beach, CA

Long Beach’s Fourth of July celebration is highlighted by a spectacular fireworks display at Queensway Bay, courtesy of the city. Free for all to enjoy, the show boasts scenic views along the waterfront, with prime spots available at Lions Lighthouse for Sight, Shoreline Village, Rainbow Harbor, and Marina Green. Fireworks start around 9PM.

San Diego, CA

The Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom is an event that cannot be missed, as it is the largest fireworks show in Southern California! The breathtaking display is carefully choreographed and launched from strategically placed barges around the Bay, including Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park, and Coronado Ferry Landing. The fireworks commence at 9:00 pm, and spectators are in for an unforgettable experience.

Galveston, TX

Experience the awe-inspiring fireworks extravaganza as Galveston illuminates the night sky in honor of America’s Independence Day. Head down to the beach near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard to witness the spectacular display against the breathtaking backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t miss out on the 20-minute show, which kicks off at 9:15PM immediately after the 4th of July Parade.

Biloxi Beach, MS

Immerse yourself in the enchanting spectacle of Biloxi’s skyline as it comes alive with a breathtaking 4th of July fireworks display. With an array of launch locations and a synchronized soundtrack, this stunning show promises to be a feast for both the eyes and ears. The best seats in the house are between the Biloxi Lighthouse eastward to the Biloxi Bay Bridge.

Gulf Shores Public Beach, AL

Get ready for an awe-inspiring Fourth of July celebration at the City of Gulf Shores! Starting at 9 p.m. on July 4, a spectacular fireworks display will light up the sky, with the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier as the launch site.

Orange Beach, AL

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Independence Day Street Party at the Wharf! Taking place on July 3 from 5 PM to 9 PM, this exciting event promises fun and entertainment for the whole family. You don’t want to miss the grand fireworks show presented by Beachball Properties at 9 PM, followed by a SPECTRA laser light experience.

Panama City Beach, FL

The Fourth of July is a big deal in Panama City Beach, and they celebrate it like no one else. The fireworks display is the largest on the Gulf Coast, and they light up the beach for three magical nights. You can enjoy the show from a variety of locations on the water. But that’s not all – there are plenty of special events to keep you entertained all weekend long. Check them out below!

  • Light Up the Bay Fireworks: July 2nd at Papa Joes starting at 830PM.
  • Light Up the Gulf Fireworks Show: July 3rd at the Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center, starting at 8:30 PM.
  • Freedom Rocks! Fireworks: The show at the Grand Lagoon Coalition is held on July 3rd at 8:45 PM.
  • Star-Spangled Spectacular: Starting at 9 PM on July 4th, fireworks set off from not one, but two piers – the Russell-Fields City Pier and the M.B. Miller County Pier – to unveil the grandest fireworks extravaganza on the entire Gulf Coast.

  • Destin Beach, FL

    Experience the magic of the Destin Harbor and East Pass this Independence Day as boats anchor throughout the area, including across Crab Island. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display that can be seen from the Harbor and beyond. And to really get into the patriotic spirit, make sure to tune into the Harbor’s broadcast of patriotic music and Z-96’s simulcast at 96.5FM.

    Destin, FL

    Join in on the Red, White, and Baytowne celebration with an enchanting fireworks display starting at 9:15 PM on the walkways between the Village and the Baytowne Marina. Prior to the main event, relish in live music from 7:00-9:15pm and let the kids indulge in fun-filled activities such as crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting hosted by The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

    Sandestin, FL

    Sandestin Hilton Hotel showcases one of the few firework events that are held directly on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico. The show kicks off at 9 PM in front of the hotel.

    Pensacola, FL

    Celebrate the 4th of July in style with a mesmerizing fireworks show off the shores of Pensacola Beach. Be sure not to miss the stunning display along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk and Santa Rosa Sound, commencing at 8:30 p.m.

    Navarre Beach, FL

    Experience an unforgettable 4th of July Celebration as the Navarra Beach Fishing Pier becomes the launchpad for a spectacular firework display starting at 9 PM. Don’t miss out on this dazzling event!

    Apalachicola, FL

    On July 3, 2023, the charming town of Apalachicola, Florida will light up in spectacular fashion with the Apalachicola Waterfront Fireworks Celebration. The festivities will kick off at noon with a lineup of live music, thrilling events, and mouthwatering food trucks. As the sun sets, the Apalachicola River will serve as the stunning backdrop for the dazzling fireworks display, starting at 6:00 p.m.

    Crystal River, FL

    Crystal River, Florida is gearing up to commemorate its 100th anniversary on July 3, 2023, and the city has decided to swap out its customary 4th of July festivities in favor of this milestone occasion. A breathtaking fireworks display will illuminate the skies above Kings Bay.

    Safety Harbor, FL

    Join in on the fun at Veterans Park in Safety Harbor Marina with a fireworks display and live entertainment for the whole family, kicking off at 5 PM. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks show at 9 PM, happening at Water Front Park.

    St. Petersburg, FL 

    Celebrate Independence Day in style with the City of St. Pete’s traditional Fourth of July fireworks show! Get ready for an evening of fun and excitement at the downtown waterfront, where you can catch a glimpse of the fireworks from Bayshore Dr, Straub Park, and Vinoy Park. Fireworks will begin at 9pm sharp!

    Gulfport Beach, FL

    Join the City of Gulfport in commemorating the 4th of July with a vibrant celebration in the downtown waterfront district. Don’t miss out on the spectacular firework display that will light up the night sky at 9 PM, launched from the iconic William’s Pier.

    Sarasota, FL

    At precisely 9 PM, the Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks illuminate the sky, making it one of the most dazzling 4th of July celebrations in all of SW Florida. For the ultimate viewing experience, make your way to the shoreline of Sarasota Bay.

    Siesta Key Beach, FL

    Get ready for a breathtaking display of fireworks at one of the most famous beaches in the United States! The dazzling show will commence at 9:15 PM at the public beach area of Siesta Key, located to the north of the volleyball courts. Boaters can secure their vessels at any point in the Gulf or Intracoastal Waterway for a premium viewing encounter, with the most optimal viewpoints being located south of the Public Beach or Crescent Beach.

    Venice Beach, FL

    The Venice area fireworks launch from the south Venice Jetty in the Venice Beach area. The show begins shortly after 9 PM and lasts about 30 minutes. For the ultimate viewing experience, make your way to Venice Beach, Nokomis Beach, the Gulf, Intracoastal, or northeast of the Jetty.

    Fort Myers Beach, FL

    Due to the ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Ian, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has made the decision to cancel the highly anticipated parade and Fourth of July fireworks this year.

    Naples, FL 

    Due to the unfortunate damages caused by Hurricane Ian, the Fourth of July celebration in Naples has been postponed. However, the city has decided to save the fireworks display for their centennial celebration in December, which promises to be even more spectacular.

    Marathon, FL

    Marathon Beach Fourth of July Celebration and fireworks show are some of the most popular holiday events in the Keys. The party kicks off with a parade at 10:30 am and ends with fireworks at Sombrero Beach, one of the Keys’ largest and longest shows.

    Key West, FL

    Experience the Rotary Club of Key West’s stunning annual fireworks display, commencing at 9 p.m. from the Edward B. Knight Pier situated at 1800 White Street. Enjoy the show at no cost from Higgs Beach, Smathers Beach, or indulge in the ultimate viewing experience from your very own boat.

    It’s important to keep in mind that these events may be subject to modifications or cancellations without warning. We recommend researching local events beforehand to avoid any potential disappointment.

    Have a safe & Fun Fourth of July

    As we celebrate July Fourth, Team Galati extends warm wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday. To help you make the most of your time on the water, take a look at the articles below for expert advice on safe boating.

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