Key West 4th of July Events

Key West 4th of July Events

Key West comes alive with festivities over the 4th of July weekend, offering a variety of exciting events for visitors and locals alike. From the annual Key Lime Festival featuring culinary delights to spectacular fireworks displays and even a Mermaid Festival, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this tropical paradise during the Independence Day celebrations.

Key Lime Pie Drop Competition

The annual Key Lime Pie Drop, a highlight of the Key Lime Festival, challenges participants to creatively drop a Key lime pie from the top of the 86-foot-high Key West Lighthouse without damaging it. Contestants of all ages are invited to engineer contraptions to safely deliver their pies to the ground. The event takes place on Saturday, July 6th, with check-in for pie droppers from 11 AM to Noon and the competition starting promptly at Noon. It's free to watch or enter the competition, and the winner takes home a cash prize. This wacky and entertaining event showcases the ingenuity of Key West's most creative minds.

Mermaid Meet & Greets

The Key West Mermaid Festival, held from July 1-4, offers a variety of interactive "Mermaid Meet & Greets" where attendees can get up close with enchanting mermaids. These sessions provide opportunities for festival-goers of all ages to meet, take photos with, and even sail with the mermaids on family-friendly sunset cruises aboard the Argo Navis. The festival warmly invites mermaids, mermen, and even landlubbers to join in the mermaid magic and celebrate the allure of these mythical creatures.

Fireworks Viewing Cruise

Key West offers several spectacular fireworks viewing cruises on the 4th of July, providing a unique vantage point to watch the dazzling display light up the night sky. Fury Water Adventures features four different cruise options, including a Live Music Sunset Sail with appetizers, a Pride of Key West cruise with an air-conditioned cabin, a Fireworks Sunset Cruise, and a dedicated Fireworks Viewing Cruise. Barefoot Billy's provides private charters for up to six passengers, while Fireworks Cruises navigates through the historic seaport to find the prime location to view the show. Sunset Watersports also offers several cruises, some featuring live music, open bars, and delicious food like BBQ and appetizers. For a truly memorable experience, Danger Charters offers 4th of July cruises on their beautiful schooners, complete with snorkeling, sunset sails, drinks, and gourmet treats. With so many options to choose from, visitors can select the perfect cruise to enjoy the Independence Day fireworks in Key West.