One of America's favorite vacation states, Florida is geared up for 4th of July fun. Head to the bright lights of the theme parks for thrills and fireworks, or enjoy a relaxing Independence Day weekend near a beautiful sandy beach with the kids.
Adrenaline junkies don't want to miss Orlando's world-class theme parks. The evening fireworks at Disney's Epcot Center are among the city's best. Universal Studios has its own 4th of July celebrations around the lake. You can also book a trip on the Orlando Eye to see many buildings lit up in red, white, and blue.
Head to the coast to see Miami's Independence Day fireworks explode in a riot of color over the Atlantic. Most Miami fun doesn't get going until well after dark, so when traveling with kids check out the daytime events at Coconut Grove, with live music, kids' games, and plenty of food.
What's a better location for celebrating 4th of July fun than the city which claims to be America's oldest? Events here are family-oriented, and often free. Enjoy a big band music performance before a fireworks display over the city's historic bayfront.
It wouldn't be the 4th of July without an amazing fireworks display! There are plenty of places across Florida to experience outstanding pyrotechnics. Choose a small town event with a real community feel, or go to one of the cities, where no expense is spared when it comes to their 4th of July celebrations.
Biscayne Bay is Miami's best spot for 4th of July fireworks, and if you can get out on the water you'll be able to see fireworks up and down the coast. Active types will love the celebrations at Black Point Park, where you can spend the day cycling and enjoying the shady woodland, before seeing the fireworks from the park's pier, after the sun goes down.
Disney's nightly fireworks at Epcot get an extra boost on 4th July and are probably the best theme park option. Away from the parks, and for those who prefer their fireworks less noisy, Lake Eola in downtown Orlando has a free laser show, fireworks, live music, and a kids' play area.
Boasting the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach gives visitors of all ages the chance to party on the sands while fireworks explode overhead. The town loves its fireworks so much that it's not just on 4th July you can enjoy the spectacle – there are regular displays throughout the week.
There's no denying that a Florida 4th of July vacation can be pricey, but there are lots of destinations around the state which offer incredible vacation fun at modest prices. Pack a picnic and folding chairs, enjoy free fireworks displays, and let the kids make new friends while the adults kick back and relax.
Coral Gables offers a free annual fireworks display on the grounds of the Biltmore hotel, with free shuttle transport from several locations around the city. There's free entertainment for the kids, and you can bring your own food, too. Alternatively, try the Hialeah celebrations, with dancing, fireworks, and a Kids Zone.
The small town of Celebration is built around a lake, and on July 4th offers a free fireworks display. These are often themed, so the kids can dress up while listening to live music. Neighboring Kissimmee also has free fireworks in Lakefront Park, within walking distance of the city's downtown.
Tampa's Red, White & Blue Festival offers family fun with face painting, stilt walkers, eating contests, and arts and crafts. After dark, enjoy the fireworks from the Channelside.