Key West 4th of July 2024

Celebrate Independence in Key West

Key West 4th of July offers exciting events for the entire family. Celebrate Independence Day in Key West with a tour of historic Old Town all dolled up in American decorations, indulging in key lime pie, and, of course, watching a spectacular fireworks display. Whether you're interested in viewing from land or water, Key West is one of the best places to celebrate the 4th of July.

July 1 - July 7

Key West Mermaid Festival

July 1 – 5, 2024

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The Key West Crew and Mermaid Pod are over the waves excited to bring you this 6th Annual five-day festival, packed with so many fun and “mervelous” events. From “Mermaid Meet & Greets” and our “Sunday Funday with Mermaids”, to mermaid vendors with a splash of entertainment and heaps of ocean awareness, dancing under the sea, and much, much more! 

With activities for the little mermaids and adult mermaids young at heart, the Key West Mermaid Festival is family-friendly and welcomes everyone from across all of our oceans!

Please join us in 2024 for this five-day festival that will educate, entertain, and leave you feeling part of our world.

The Calendar of Events Coming Soon!

The Key Lime Festival

July 4 – July 7

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The Key Lime Festival is a four-day event of all things lime. The 8th Annual Key Lime Pie Festival features a pie-eating contest, a scavenger hunt, a martini and margarita competition, a guided tour, and more. Learn about the history of key limes and have your hand at judging Key West’s best creations. There are also private culinary events taking place throughout the weekend. Buy your tickets soon, as they are expected to sell out. 

2024 Schedule TBA

Key Lime Vendor Village

10 AM – 2 PM

Key Lime Pie Drop

11 AM – 2 PM

Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead St.

Come out to see Key West’s most creative minds attempt to outsmart gravity by finding a way to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of the lighthouse to the ground… without damaging the pie. Try dropping your own pie, or just enjoy the spectacle from the ground.

FREE to Watch or to Enter the competition.  Winner will take home CASH MONEY $$$

Key Lime Sip & Stroll 

3 – 6PM

If you like to drink & judge, this is the event for you! Decide who makes the best Key Lime cocktail on the island as multiple bars compete for your vote with the finest key lime margaritas and key lime ‘open’ cocktail in Key West.

Key Lime Pie Hop! 

Tours start on the half hour beginning at 11AM. 

Last tour starts at 1:30PM

July 4th

4th of July Firecracker 5K 


Race begins and ends at the Edward B. Knight Pier located at 1801 White Street.

World Famous

Key Lime Pie Eating Championship!  

Doors Open 12:30PM, Contest at 1:30PM

FREE to Watch | $25 to enter the Championship.  Come enjoy the Beach and Key Lime family friendly games.

Dante’s 4th of July Pool Party! 

11AM – 6PM

Credit: Dante’s Key West

Stars and Stripes rule the day! Grab your star spangled swim suits & head over for a day of drinks, live music and all the fun!

Dante’s Key West Pool Bar & Restaurant, 955 Caroline St. FREE

The Rotary Club of Key West Presents

Patriotic Dinner

Under the Fireworks 


Credit: Rob O’Neal/ Florida Keys News Bureau

Bring the whole family to the Patriotic Party by the Ed Knight Pier.  Enjoy food, music, and of course, fireworks!

Indigenous Park, 1801 White St.

Dinner by Catered Affairs – Cash Bar Available

Fireworks Viewing Cruise

Credit: Fury Key West

Jump aboard a Fury Catamaran for a fireworks display on July 4th. This special holiday trip includes drinks and snacks while watching the fireworks over the water. Tickets are expected to sell out for Fury’s 4th of July Celebration, so grab your tickets soon. There are four specific events to chose from, including a sunset sail and glass bottom boat excursion.

Departure time ranges from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  888-976-0899

Best Spots to Watch Fireworks in Key West

Let’s face it, the 4th of July is all about the fireworks. If you’re seeking the perfect spot to catch the fireworks show, you have a few choices. Fireworks go off at White Street Pier just after the sun goes down. Smathers Beach and Higgs Beach are two favorite spots to view the show. If you aren’t staying in one of beach condos with a private view, be sure to arrive prepared early as those locations can get crowded quickly. 

Book Your Key West Vacation Rental for the 4th of July

Browse our selection of Key West rentals for the 4th of July. If you’re planning a trip to Key West, our accommodations offer the space and convenience to feel at home while you’re away.  Some of our vacation rentals have spectacular views of the fireworks off White Street Pier!