4th of July Fireworks, Gainesville Celebrations, Alachua County

Fireworks will soon light up the sky for the 4th of July weekend and events are being held throughout the Alachua County area to keep community members busy.

This Saturday, locals can start the fun by heading to Keystone Heights in Clay County, where the community will host their “One Nation” celebration that includes their baby crawl race.

If you’d rather stay closer to home, you can head to the University of Florida’s Flavet Field on Woodlawn Drive for a fireworks display, which is slated to start at 6 p.m.

On Monday, the holiday, the town of Archer will hold its annual Red, White and Boom celebration and more.

Here is a list of events around or near the community that families can attend this weekend:

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July 2: Keystone Heights, Williston City Festivities

Keystone Heights’ 4th of July “One Nation” celebration will be held at Keystone Theme Park behind City Hall. The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. Attendees can expect arts and crafts and vendors stationed around Keystone City Hall, located at 555 Blvd. S.Lawrence.

At 11 a.m., people can expect to see the “Our Country Day” parade which normally includes a marching band, floats and beauty queens. Fireworks will take place at Keystone Beach Park, which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

The City of Williston will hold its July 4 Independence Day celebration on Saturday. The town parade is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Further festivities are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Horseman’s Park, located at 803 SW 19th Avenue. The fireworks will begin at sunset.

July 3: UF Flavet Field

Marching bands and fireworks, at the University of Florida’s Flavet Field along Woodlawn Drive, will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Community members who attend can expect to hear live music from local bands such as the Bears and Lions, The Martin Family Band, Soozas Brass Band, Gainesville Community Band, and Gainesville “POPS” conducted by Gary Langford. Food trucks will also be on site.

For safety reasons, no dogs, sparklers, drones or alcohol will be allowed at the event. Community members may bring coolers, although they may be searched by the University of Florida Police Department.

July 4: Micanopy, Archer, Alachua, Cedar Key and High Springs

The Micanopy Independence Day Celebration Parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. The parade will begin at the intersection of Tuscawilla Road and proceed north on Choloka Boulevard.

After the parade, people can gather from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Carson Roberts Sports Complex at 702 NW Eestaulkee 3rd Ave. The fireworks will begin at dusk.

Archer City’s Red White and Boom event is an all-day celebration that begins along Archer Road near Santa Fe College Ron and the Norita Davis Center. The event will run from 2 to 8:30 p.m. The festivities will include an apple pie and watermelon contest. There will be live entertainment from DJ REM Juice and Vibe RW. The fireworks will begin at sunset.

The Alachua Town Celebration, dubbed “America’s Biggest Small Town Fireworks Display,” will be held at Legacy Park. This will be the city’s 22nd annual celebration. The event will take place at 4 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m. Community members can expect the fireworks to begin at 9:30 p.m. Live music will begin at 6 p.m.

High Springs will host its fireworks display at the Deep Purpose Community Church, located at 19930 NW US Highway 441. Organizers recommend people bring chairs and blankets. The fireworks are scheduled to start from 8:55 p.m. to 9:25 p.m.

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