Where to celebrate July Fourth in Brevard

From Florida Today:  http://www.floridatoday.com/story/entertainment/2015/06/30/celebrate-july-fourthbrevard/29516963/

Here’s our roundup of fireworks, parades, apple pie and patriotic events.

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Get out your red, white and blue, Brevard! We’re ready to celebrate and commemorate the Declaration of Independence this weekend with parties, parades, picnics, food and fireworks.

In addition to the festive fun, let’s remember why we celebrate our freedom — on July 4, 1776, we declared our independence from Great Britain. This reminds me of the quote, “It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.” The author’s unknown, but sometimes it’s attributed to M. Grundler.

Here is a list of where to celebrate July Fourth in Brevard.

Fireworks

Thursday:

  • Fireworks at the Port: The family friendly event, Fireworks Before the Fireworks, will begin at 5:30 p.m. July 2 at the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral, 670 Dave Nisbet Drive. Includes a kids zone, snow cones, live music by the Wheeland Brothers, and entertainment. General admission is free, and VIP tickets are available. Call 321-394-3408 or visit explorationtower.com.

Friday:

  • Fireworks in Palm Bay: The Palm Bay Independence Day celebration will be from 4 to 9 p.m. July 3 at Eastern Florida State College, 250 Community College Parkway. Includes live music with Luna Pearl, Food Truck Wars food truck extravaganza, kids zone, face painting, patriotic bike parade and entertainment. The fireworks will start at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Call 321-953-8912.
  • Cocoa Beach fireworks: Fireworks start at about 9 p.m. July 3 at Sidney Fischer Park, 2100 SR A1A. Call 321-868-3329.

Saturday:

  • Fireworks in Sebastian: The city of Sebastian present their fireworks at 8 p.m. July 4 at Riverview Park, 650 U.S. 1. Call 772-589-5330.
  • Fireworks in Melbourne: Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. July 4 at Front Street Park, 2210 Front St., Melbourne. Attendees can park at the Melbourne Auditorium for free shuttle service to the the park. Shuttle bus times from the auditorium are 7:10, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. and return times from the park are 7:30, 8:10, 8:50, 9:30 and 10:10 p.m. Parking will not be allowed on portions of the Melbourne causeway. Expect traffic delays and road closures. Call 321-674-5700.
  • Space Coast Stadium fireworks and game: The Brevard County Manatees will take on the Clearwater Threshers at 6:30 p.m. July 4 at Space Coast Stadium, 5800 Stadium Parkway, Viera. Fireworks will follow the game. Tickets are $6-$10. Call 321-633-9200.
  • Fireworks in Cocoa Village: The city of Cocoa and Brevard Symphony Orchestra will team up for its annual Symphony Under the Stars. The free patriotic concert starts at 8 p.m. July 4 at Riverfront Park, 401 River Edge Blvd., Cocoa. Includes listening to the pops classics while watching the fireworks. Before the concert, there will be festivities at Riverfront Park like entertainment, kids activities, tail-gating and vendors. Call 321-242-2024 or visit brevardsymphony.com.
  • Fireworks in Titusville: Red, White and Boom will be from 7 to 10 p.m. July 4 at Sand Point Park, 101 N. Washington Ave., Titusville. Includes live music, food, vendors, kids activities and entertainment. The fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m. from Marina Park. Call 321-567-3775

Parades

Fourth of July parade: The parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4 in Melbourne. It will travel west on New Haven Ave., north on Oak St. and back to Honor America Liberty Bell Museum on Hickorty St. Staging begins at 9 a.m. on Melbourne Ave. between the railroad overpass and Melbourne Court. Staging begins at 9 a.m. Expect road closures and traffic delays. Call 321-727-1776.

4th of July parade: Lion’s Club of Sebastian and the city of Sebastian will host the parade at 8:30 a.m. July 4. Parade will depart from Sebastian Community Center and Sebastian Masonic lodge on Jackson Street, then continue east on Davis Street and head south on Indian River Drive to Riverfront Park. Parade lineup begins at 6:30 a.m. Call 772-589-5330.

Miscellaneous

Backyard Bash: Downtown Titusville Backyard Bash will be from 4 to 11:30 p.m. July 4 at 317 S. Washington Ave. Features music by headliners the Supervillains plus MK Acoustic, Coastal Breed, Great Peacock and more. Tickets, which are $1, may be purchased at barefootproductionsfl.com. Call 321-607-2928.

“Lifting Up God & Country Celebration”: Jesus is the Key will host its annual July Fourth event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wickham Park amphitheater, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne. Includes a parade of flags, honoring religion and military forces, jump castles for kids as well as food and drinks. Admission, entertainment and food are free. Call 321-773-1489 or visit jitk.org.

Firecracker 5K: Race starts at 7 a.m. July 4 at Liberty Bell Memorial Museum, 1601 Hickory St., Melbourne. Includes a patriotic costume contest, starting the race with a ring of the replica Liberty Bell, awards and more. Cost is $30 for adults, $25 for team members and $15 for children before midnight July 2. Spectators are free. Proceeds benefit Honor America. Call 321-751-8890 or visit runningzone.com.

Fireworks, beer and oysters: As part of the Fireworks Before the Fireworks event at the Port, Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, 628 Glen Cheek Drive, Port Canaveral, will celebrate July Fourth with music by the Groove Bone at 5:30 p.m. July 2. Fireworks begin at sundown. Call 321-783-2033.

July Fourth Celebration: American Legion Post 359, 7260 S. US 1, Port St. John, will host the event at 1 p.m. July 4. Includes a 50/50 raffle, turkey shoot, $6 dinners, drawing for a kayak and more. Proceeds benefit veterans and veterans’ families. Call 616-634-1212.

Rockledge 2015 Independence Day events: The city of Rockledge will host “A Midsummer’s Night of Music” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 3 at McLarty Park, 790 Barton Blvd. Entertainment lineup includes Natalie McKnight-Palmer and some of her students from Rockledge Better Than Broadway Studio and performing artist/guitarist Jill Carlyle. Features include food vendors, a DJ, beer and wine.

On Saturday, the city with host its 29th annual Independence Day picnic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McLarty Park. Includes children’s activities, face painting and, for a fee, swimming. Look for music by DJ Master Key. Cost is $1 for a hamburger or hot dog plus chips and drink. Parking and admission are free. Call 321-690-3978.

July Fourth Spring Boil and Pie Show fundraiser: The inaugural event will be held July 4 at Riverfront Park, 401 River Edge Blvd., Cocoa. Pie show entries will be accepted from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. The low-country-style shrimp boil begins at 11:30 a.m. Shrimp boil meals are $10 per person and includes a free Frisbee or a low-country party pack for parties up to four for $50. Party packs include a private table in the event area, nonalcoholic drink service, four Frisbees and personal table service by volunteers. Proceeds will support Cocoa Main Street’s efforts to achieve economic development through historic preservation. Call 321-633-0806 or visit cocoamainstreet.org.

Fourth of July party: Siggy’s, 1153 Malabar Road N.E., Palm Bay, will celebrate July Fourth with entertainment by Absolute Blue at 9 p.m. July 3 and Adawak at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Palm Bay fireworks at nearby Eastern Florida State Campus are visible from the bar. Fireworks there begin at about 9 p.m. Saturday. Call 321-952-0104 or visit siggysamericanbar.com.

Patriotic concert: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Drive, Indialantic, will host a free patriotic concert at 7:30 p.m. July 4. Features music by Melbourne Municipal Band and the festival chorus. The audience is encouraged to sing several of the popular patriotic songs. Ice cream will be served. Weather permitting, the attendees will gather on the lawn for the 9 p.m. Front Street fireworks display. Call 321-723-8371 or visit epcfl.org.

Watermelon ale release party: Playalinda Brewing Co., 305 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, will host a party for “The Fourth” watermelon ale release party at noon July 4. The watermelon ale was brewmaster Ron Raike and others who made the ale from 20 locally sourced watermelons. The Dog Dojo will be on location with his gourmet hot dogs to go with the watermelon ale samples. Call 321-225-8978.

Earl’s Hideaway July Fourth weekend: Jacks Band will perform at 8:30 p.m. July 3, bluesman Ernie Southern plays at 2 p.m. followed by Time Machine at 8:30 p.m. July 4, Southernmost and special guest at 2 p.m. followed by Artimus Pyle Band at with a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd at 4 p.m. July 5 at Earl’s Hideaway, 1405 Indian River Drive, Sebastian. Call 772-589-5700.

Coming up

Red, White and Brew: Downtown Titusville Merchants will host the Friday Nite Live event from 6 to 9 p.m. July 10 at the Julia Street parking lot. Features include a handcuffed pie-eating contest featuring the Titusville Fire Department vs. Titusville Police Department, open mic by Common Grounds Cafe from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by the band Slyd. Open mic registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday Nite Live is held every second Friday of the month. Call 321-268-0122.

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