Just because the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it in full force. Break out the barbecues and sparklers, but leave the pyrotechnics to the experts. Throughout Martin and St. Lucie counties, there will be spectacular fireworks and events to commemorate the holiday.
Here are our favorite ways to celebrate the Fourth throughout the local area:
City of Stuart Fourth of July Celebration
Enjoy activities in downtown Stuart and then watch the fireworks with a beautiful, waterfront backdrop as they are launched from a barge over the St. Lucie River. The fireworks will also be visible from Flagler Park, where there will be commercial vendors, food and music before the show starts at 9 p.m.
Downtown Stuart and 201 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; 772.288.5451; discovermartin.com
Fort Pierce Fourth of July Blowout on the Water
Watch the downtown fireworks at the Causeway Cove Marina on the water, and enjoy the night with live music, food trucks, vendors and craft beer. Bring chairs and blankets to be comfortable watching the fireworks display, which begins at 9 p.m.
601 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 800.344.8443; visitstlucie.com
Fort Pierce Yacht Club Boat Parade
Before the fireworks display in the evening, see the decorated boats in patriotic red, white and blue in the waterways of the Fort Pierce Inlet. The boats will travel east up to the Square Grouper, turn back into the basin and then turn north to pass the City Marina.
Fort Pierce Inlet Waterways; 772.461.9152; fortpierceyachtclub.com
Stars Over St. Lucie
Join friends and neighbors as the community comes together for the Fourth of July Celebration, which features live music, children’s activities, food and historic military demonstrations by Common Ground Vineyard Church. At 9 p.m., the festivities will finish off with a fireworks show.
Melody Lane and Ave. A, Fort Pierce; 772.466.3880; mainstreetfortpierce.org
Port St. Lucie Freedomfest
Celebrate our nation at Freedomfest at the Civic Center at 2 p.m. with live music, food and refreshments, games and arts and crafts. The event culminates with a large, dramatic fireworks display at 9 p.m. For those who prefer to celebrate indoors, there will also be a Freedomfest VIP party with an exquisite double-sided buffet and a front row seat to the fireworks show.
9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie; 772.878.2277; cityofpsl.com
Tradition Square Independence Day Celebration
If the mid-week celebration isn’t your thing, or you want to celebrate the holiday twice, Tradition Square is hosting its old-fashioned picnic event on July 1. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., the event includes craft vendors, food and refreshments, a DJ and children’s games on the lawn. The night ends with fireworks at 9 p.m.
10807 SW Tradition Square, Port St. Lucie; 772.201.0129; traditioncommunityassc.com
St. Lucie Mets Baseball Game
Head out to the ballpark as the St. Lucie Mets take on the Brandenton Marauders on July 4, and enjoy the spectacular Independence Day fireworks extravaganza following the game.
525 NW Peacock Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.871.2100; stluciemets.com