Guess who’s pitching in for local firework shows in 2021? The answer is the Key West International Airport enterprise revenue fund (Yeah, we didn’t see that coming either.) It will be used to sponsor Independence Day celebrations and fireworks displays throughout the Florida Keys.

“Coming out of COVID-19, our local rotaries and chambers had difficulties fundraising for firework displays, and this is one way for everyone to enjoy Florida Keys displays and celebrate our independence,” said Monroe County Mayor Michelle Coldiron. Locally, many clubs are also funding the fireworks in addition to resources from the enterprise fund.

The enterprise revenue funds are paid for by user fees at the airport and are set aside specifically for promotional activities. 

Key West

Fireworks start: Sunday, July 4 at 9 p.m.

Fireworks visible from: Oceanside, near Higgs Beach

Earlier in the day: There’ll be food and music at Edward B. Knight Pier beginning at 4 p.m. A VIP Fireworks Dinner will also be taking place at the Indigenous Park on White Street with music, a private bar and a special view of the fireworks (tickets are $100) starting at 6 p.m.   

For more details: keywestrotary.com or 305-304-5181

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Big Pine Key

Fireworks start: Saturday, July 3 at 9 p.m.

Fireworks visible from: Gulfside near Big Pine Community Park, MM 31

Earlier in the day: Festivities start on Saturday, July 3 at 5 p.m. at the park with vendors, food, beverages, games, family activities and entertainment. Admission is free. No pets, coolers or personal fireworks.

Marathon

Fireworks start: Sunday, July 4 at 9 p.m.

Fireworks visible from: Oceanside, near Sombrero Beach

Earlier in the day: A full day of beachside activities begins with a patriotic parade from Marathon High School to Sombrero Beach starting at about 10:30 a.m. Food, games, and entertainment are planned. Boaters like to line up outside the swim line in front of Sombrero to get a unique water view of the fireworks. Admission is free.   

Islamorada

Fireworks start: Sunday, July 4 after sunset

Fireworks visible from: Gulfside, near MM 87

The Upper Keys Rotary Club and the Village of Islamorada will be holding a 4th of July celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. at Founders Park. Parking will be available with a suggested donation of $10; viewers are encouraged to bring their own seating. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. No outside food, glass bottles or coolers will be permitted.    

Key Largo

Fireworks start: Sunday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks visible from: Gulfside, near MM 104 at Rowell’s Waterfront Park The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce will host its annual July 4 parade starting at 10 a.m. Themed “Celebrating Freedom,” the parade will begin at mile marker 98.2 in front of Anthony’s Clothing Store. Rowell’s Waterfront Park opens at 6:30 p.m., at MM 104.5, for fireworks viewing. Visit web.keylargochamber.org/events or call 305-451-1414 for more details. 

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