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4th of July in Key West

Fourth of July Key West

Key West 4th of July Celebrations

We created this page to help visitors plan a great celebration while on vacation in Key West. We’ll offer you some local tips on the best places to watch the fireworks and celebrate America’s Birthday!

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“We offer local tips on the best places to watch the fireworks and celebrate America’s Birthday”

Old Town Trolley of Key West wishes you and your family a safe and eventful 4th of July.

Old Town Trolley of Key West will be operating with our standard business hours during the holiday. We hope you take advantage of our top-rated sightseeing tour to see all the best attractions on the island. Many of the sites have special 4th of July decorations and festivities.

Local Monroe County Residents Receive Free Admission*

Bring out of town guests for a great trolley tour and get your ticket for free.
Local Monroe County Residents Receive Free Admission for Old Town Trolley Key West with a full paying adult guest. Sign Up For Our Hometown Pass Program today.

Key West Attractions Open 4th of July Weekend

Key West Aquarium

Located in Mallory Square and open 4th of July weekend, the hands-on Key West Aquarium is one of the most historic & interactive attractions on the island. This is a great place to experience the fantastic indigenous marine life that inhabits the offshore ecosystem through a window of wonder that enables visitors to interact with rays, sharks and other sea creatures while expert guides explain the hidden mysteries of the undersea realm surrounding the Florida Keys. You can hold a starfish, pet a shark and get up close and personal with many other aquatic species. Visitors of all ages will enjoy this deep dive into nature.

Key West Aquarium

Conch Tour Train

See the Best on the train tour that’s been entertaining visitors to the Island City of Key West, Florida since 1958. The Conch Train is one of Florida’s most popular attractions and is open 4th of July weekend. Our expert ‘engineers’ and friendly staff have delighted over 15 million guests with legends such as Ernest Hemingway and lores of this charming tropical paradise. Your tour of Key West will give you a conch’s eye view of all the wonderful Key West attractions. No Key West vacation is complete without The World Famous Conch Tour Train.

conch tour train driving past key west lighthouse

Ghosts & Gravestones

This 4th of July weekend, join Ghosts & Gravestones aboard the Trolley of the Doomed to learn about sacred sites like the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, the African Slave Cemetery and Captain Tony’s Saloon. Drive past the Artist’s House where Eugene lived and where a servant gave him a one-of-a-kind handmade doll he named Robert. Your Ghost Hosts will keep the haunts coming as they share eerie stories about the darker side of Key West.

Truman Little White House

When the 33rd president of the United States wanted a respite from the constant pressures of the most important job in the world, he headed south. Affectionately known as the Winter White House, Harry Truman and his family loved to entertain and relax at this tropical retreat; but it was also the site for many important meetings by the world’s heads of state like President John F. Kennedy when he and British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan met during the Bay of Pigs incident. Even the casual history buff will find plenty to enjoy here during the 4th of July weekend!

Truman Little White House facade

Restaurants and Places to Eat in Key West this 4th of July Weekend

Fisherman’s Cafe

Savor timeless favorites like Key West pink shrimp, lobster, and conch this 4th of July weekend. Fisherman’s Cafe menu features fresh seafood, sandwiches, and American cuisine, offered in a laid-back, casual island setting.

Fishermans Cafe

El Meson de Pepe

El Meson de Pepe is a family-owned and operated eating establishment that offers a range of lunch and dinner options for guests in Key West in Florida and is open 4th of July weekend. It specializes in Cuban cuisine. El Meson de Pepe serves a variety of appetizers, nachos and soups. It offers a range of seafood and chicken items. The restaurant also provides a special children s menu that includes chicken fingers and hamburgers. The restaurant provides Caesar and meson salads. In addition, it serves side orders, beverages, sandwiches and entrees.

picture of a table at El Meson de Pepe showing bread basket, soups, drink and a dish consisting of various meats, rice, beans and plantains; table is decorated with pictures and background has painted artwork showing a picket fence and tropical fruit

Key West Conch Fritters In Mallory Square

When you visit The Conch Shack this 4th of July weekend, you’re in for a true Key West experience. Located on the 100-block of the world-famous Duval Street, pull up a stool street side and grab a bite and watch the scenery walk by.

conch fritters stand

Here are some local tips on the best places to celebrate

Key West Bar Stroll

Experience authentic island life during a Key West Bar Stroll! The stroll will take you to a variety of different bars and offers tons of tasting opportunities. If you plan to eat some great food and watch the fireworks after the bar stroll, take a taxi over to the VNA Hospice Picnic at Casa Marina.

VNA Hospice Picnic and Higgs Beach

Celebrate the 4th of July in Key West at the annual Hospice and Visiting Nurses Association Picnic at the luxurious Casa Marina Resort. The picnic starts at 5:00pm and includes entertainment, a picnic buffet, cold drinks, live music and a silent auction. You will be able to see the entire fireworks display from the resort; but if you want the closest view, then stroll over to Higgs Beach next door. The beach will be crowded so it is best to get there early and stake out a spot.

key west higgs beach

Fireworks With Fury Water Adventures

You don’t need a lawn chair and mosquito spray to enjoy the fireworks in Key West. Hop on Fury Water Adventures’ catamaran and see the show from the perfect spot in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Fury’s 4th of July adventure includes a relaxing sail with food, soft drinks and all the beer and wine you can drink. It’s a really popular event so if you’re interested, book early.

fury water adventures parasail

White Street Pier

If Higgs Beach isn’t close enough for you, then get there really early and stake out your spot on the White Street Pier. The pier goes out into the Atlantic Ocean and gives you the best view of the Key West 4th of July Fireworks.

key west white street pier

Smathers Beach

Another great spot for the fireworks is Smathers Beach. This beach is located about 8 blocks from Higgs Beach and offers a more intimate viewing of the fireworks. Bring a blanket, your own picnic basket and relax while the sun sets and get ready for a great presentation.

Key West Smathers Beach

The Key Lime Pie Festival

Key West is known for its delicious homemade key lime pie and various other treats made with this indigenous fruit. Treat your taste buds this July 4th during the Key Lime Pie Festival. It takes place on July 4th and includes the crowning of Miss Key Lime Pie and Lil’ Miss Key Lime Pie, a pie eating contest and a competition to see who makes the best key lime pie!

 

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