Everyone has their favorite way to celebrate the 4th of July and the Space Coast has many events to choose from when making plans. Here are some of the more popular events:
Downtown Melbourne will have a parade to celebrate Independence Day. The parade will stage on Melbourne Avenue between the railroad overpass and Melbourne Court, travel west on New Haven, north on Oak Street and disband at the Honor America Liberty Bell Museum on Hickory Street. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and staging begins at 9 a.m. Call 321-727-1776.
Concert in the park
The public is invited to peaceful Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village to enjoy a free concert from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra as they play along with a fantastic fireworks display over the Indian River. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:15pm. Those planning tattend need to bring lawn chairs or blankets, insect repellent, and get there early to find a spot. Food and beverages will be available for sale at the park.
Fireworks on the river
The City of Melbourne will present a fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, over the Indian River Lagoon at Claude Edge Front Street Park, 2210 Front Street, just north of the Melbourne Causeway. Because parking is limited in the vicinity of the park, a free shuttle bus service will be available between the Melbourne Auditorium and Front Street Park beginning at 7:10 p.m. The Auditorium is located at 625 Hibiscus Boulevard. For additional information, call 321-608-7260.
The Great American Celebration
Viera’s 21stth Annual Great American Celebration will be held at Space Coast Stadium. There will be a get-together on the berm before, during and after the Brevard County Manatees’ game. The tickets will include a all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner, a souvenir t-shirt and baseball hat, game entrance and fireworks display following the game. Gates open at 5:30 pm and game starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available at www.GreatAmericanCelebration.com.
Fireworks over the sea
On Saturday, July 4, at Alan Shepard Park there will be a fireworks display that will begin about 9:00 pm (when it gets dark). Alan Shepard Park is located on U.S. Highway A1A in Cocoa Beach. This is an extremely popular event so plan to arrive early to save your square of the beach. Call the City of Cocoa Beach at (321) 868 – 3201 for more information.
The City of Rockledge will host special events beginning on Wednesday, July 3, with “A Midsummer’s Night” of Music, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at McLarty Park, 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge. A number of Rockledge’s own local talents will be performing a variety of musical favorites and song-and-dance routines. Food items will be available from six food trucks and beer, wine and soft drinks will also be for sale.
On Saturday, July 4, the City of Rockledge will hold it’s 29th Annual Independence Day Picnic, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., also at McLarty Park. This will include children’s activities, games, face painting and swimming, as well as music. Parking and admission are free for all events. For additional information, contact the City of Rockledge, 321-690-3978.
Splashes & Sparks
The City of Palm Bay will hold its annual Splashes & Sparks Independence Day Celebration, on Friday, July 3 at the Eastern Florida State College Palm Bay Campus The fun begins at 4 p.m. with live music by Luna Pearl, food trucks and a special kids’ play area. There will be fireworks starting at 9:15 p.m. and the public is reminded to bring lawn chairs, blankets and bug repellant. For more information visit the City of Palm Bay website.
Victory Casino Cruise
Victory Casino Cruises will have a Fourth of July Celebration cruise on Saturday, July 4. The ship will be ready to sail and can be found at 180 Christopher Columbus Drive, Terminal B2, Port Canaveral. Live entertainment will be the Elvis Show starring Jack Smink. Alcoholic drinks are complimentary while gaming. Ship sails at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 and more information can be found at www. VictoryCasinoCruises.com
Whatever your plans are for Independence Day, take time to give thanks to the brave men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces, especially those currently deployed overseas.