Just named one of the Top 12 Independence Events in Florida, Apalachicola’s “Independence Eve” event attracts people from all over the Forgotten Coast and beyond. It is held each year 5-10 p.m. ET July 3 at Riverfront Park in downtown Apalachicola.

This family-friendly celebration features live music, food trucks, a parade, kids’ activities, a free ice cream social, a veterans’ tribute, and the singing of the National Anthem-- all culminating in a spectacular fireworks show reflected in the waters of the Apalachicola River.

The featured entertainment is the popular Bo Spring Band. They blend their crowd-pleasing Americana sound from Rock, Soul, Country, Funk and Bluegrass music. The band released their debut album in 2017 and has a large following in the area.

Food trucks will be offering a tasty array of American and international favorites. In addition, the City of Apalachicola is organizing vendors to raise money for the victims of the recent catastrophic fire in Eastpoint that left more than 200 people displaced.

The Center for History, Culture, and Art will be offering free kids’ art activities in its facility across the street from Riverfront Park. Director Merrill Livingston is putting together a fun collection of collage materials, canvasses, and red, white, and blue paint for kids of all ages. Independence Day themed art by local artists will also be for sale.

We are honored that Rep. Halsey Beshears is giving the Veterans’ Tribute this year, which will be followed by a performance of the National Anthem. Just as the sun sinks below the horizon, pyrotechnics are launched from a barge on the river, creating one of the Forgotten Coast’s best fireworks shows.

Admission is free, and lawn chairs and picnic blankets are welcome. Or, for an upscale experience, reserve a table in our VIP section on the docks where you can relax while enjoying complimentary beverages and snacks from a private bar and fantastic seats for the fireworks.

This celebration is the winner of a Florida Secretary of State’s Main Street award for Outstanding Special Event. An event of this caliber is only possible because of the financial support of the Forgotten Coast community. This year there are more supporters than ever from Gulf County. These include the Law Office of J. Patrick Floyd, Roberson & Associates, St. Joe Gas, Cape San Blas Realty, Bluewater Outriggers, Bob and Lisa Johnston, Emerald Coast Federal Credit Union, Sea Tow, Sand Dollar Café, Kilgore’s Brick Pavers & Tile, The Brick Wall Sports Bar & Grill, and Dr. Frank D. May.

For more information please visit www.july3fireworks.com.