There are many ways—and several days—to celebrate Independence Day in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, from the Freedom Swim to parties of all types to waterslides to fine dining with a fireworks show!
Bert’s Red, White & Vroom Celebration features Bert’s Hot Bodies contest, hot dog eating contest, live music from Rebirth, and an actual wedding at 11:00 am. Jun. 30, 11:00 am; Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson®, 2224 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte. Click for details.
TT’s (The Tiki) Bar’s Summer Party will feature live music from The Beach Vibes and Jimmy Buffet tribute band The Caribbean Chillers, as well as summer grilling favorites including a “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” This is a perfect spot for relaxation, great food, and tunes and sunsets, right on the water. Dig your toes into the sand and enjoy the music or dance the night away! June 30, noon—11:00 pm; 33 Tamiami Tr., Punta Gorda. Click for details.
Flag Canvas Painting at Bisque IT Studio Get in the Independence Day mood by creating this beautiful canvas painting that can be enjoyed all year long. $28 +tax per person, reservations required. Jun. 30, 1:00—3:00 pm; 1931 Tamiami Tr., Port Charlotte. Click for details.
Charlotte Stone Crabs July 3rd Celebration Don’t miss the biggest fireworks show of the season! Also featuring helicopter candy drop and pre-game live music from Tiki Tom. Jul. 3; gates open at 4:30 pm; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte. Click for details.
July 4th Celebration at Fishermen’s Village features live entertainment by Ambush the Band, Country Express, and Rita Beach as well as activities all day, live music at Harpoon Harry’s, the excitement of the Freedom Swim, and a prime spot for the fireworks show that starts at 9:00 pm. Jul. 4, 11:00 am; 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Click for details.
Fourth of July at Captain’s Table at Fishermen’s Village features live music from Jamie LaRitz, covered patio tables with prime views of the Freedom Swim and the fireworks show, hot dogs, hamburgers, refreshments, and beer and drink specials all day. Jul. 4,11:30 am; 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Click for details.
4th of July Celebration at Harpoon Harry’s The official “finish line” of the Freedom Swim, this is the place to be! Featuring Peace River Brewing, live music all day from Clive Live, Chameleon, and Chris Beck, kid’s crafts and facepainting, and more! Jul 4, 10:00 am—9:30 pm; 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Click for details.
2018 Freedom Swim The route may be changed this year, but the annual “bobblefest,” is not to be missed. Hundreds of people will be swimming, paddling, and floating across the harbor, either starting from Gilchrist Park (parking access) or from the traditional starting point (boat-only access). Music and people-watching, and food and fun at Fishermen’s Village, what more could you ask for? Jul. 4, 11:00 am. Click for details.
July 4th Party on the Roof by Military Heritage Museum Enjoy a great view of fireworks from the top of the Herald Ct. parking garage. Featuring an appetizer buffet from Hurricane Charley’s and Dean’s South of the Border, music from DJ Jay Rigdon, cash bar, free parking, and table seating. Jul. 4, 7:00 pm; 117 Herald Ct., Punta Gorda. Click for details.
2018 Fireworks at Laishley Park by Punta Gorda Fireworks is a day of non-stop entertainment for the entire family, featuring a group of 12 giant waterslides, vendors, displays, unique shopping opportunities, festival food, and cold beer and beverages. Live music from the Kate Keys Band, the Jack Michael Band, and the Boogiemen. Presentation of the Colors by Charlotte High School NJROTC and the National Anthem at 5:00 pm. Fireworks show begins at 9:00 pm. $3 admission; unlimited use of the waterslides: $10. Jul. 4, 11:00 am—9:30 pm; 120 Laishley Ct., Punta Gorda. Click for details.
Old-Fashioned 4th of July Family Picnic by New Hope Baptist Church features food, fun, games, homemade ice-cream contest (entry open to all), and live music by Swinging Bridge Bluegrass Band. Free and open to the public; bring own lawn chairs. Jul. 4, 1:00—5:00 pm. Click for details.
4th of July Fireworks Cruise by King Fisher Fleet includes a tour of Charlotte Harbor, great views of the sunset, then a prime spot to watch the fireworks in the harbor. Drinks available for purchase on board. $59 + tax per person; reservations required. Jul. 4; boarding begins at 7:15 pm; 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Click for details.
Englewood Fireworks Viewing Fireworks will be launched from Middle Beach (Blind Pass Beach); the viewing area is anywhere along Lemon Bay Intercoastal Waterway from the Tom Adams Bridge to Englewood Isles and along Manasota Key. Middle Beach area has limited parking. If watching from a boat, please stay a safe distance from the launch area. Jul. 4, 9:05 pm (weather permitting). Click for details.
Rendezvous 4th of July Bash at White Rabbit Saloon Drink and food specials all day and fireworks at dark. Bring own chair to sit outside and watch the fireworks. Jul. 4, 4:00 pm. 8282 Wiltshire Dr, Port Charlotte. Click for details.
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