Wednesday, July 3
BBQ, Rhythm & Brews Festival is a celebration of the country's 237th birthday that Main Street Merchants Association will host in Daytona Beach.
Main Street will be closed for the festival from A1A to Peninsula Drive from 6 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free.
New this year will be two blocks of collector cars and trucks on display, a special visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales from 8 to 10 p.m. and fireworks off the Main Street pier at 11 p.m.
The festival will feature several authentic barbecue vendors. Other food options also will be available.
A kid's zone with a jump house and face painting will be available.
Bands performing on four stages are Steam the Band at Froggy's Saloon, Crashrocket at The Bank, the Love Band in front of The Full Moon Saloon and Orange Avenue at The Main Street Station.
For American craft beer enthusiasts, there will be stations along Main Street.
Daytona State College's community symphonic band, choir and soloists will celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic concert at 7:30 p.m. at News-Journal Center at Daytona State College, Davidson Theater, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
From Sousa to Gershwin, the band will play a variety of patriotic and Broadway favorites. Admission is free.
For information, visit DaytonaState.edu/TheArts or call, (386) 226-1927.
Thursday, July 4
A Daytona Beach Bandshell concert features Eagles tribute band, Alter Eagles, at 7:15 p.m. at 250 N. Atlantic Ave. Fireworks will start at 9:45 p.m.
For more information, call (386) 258-9544 or visit FriendsOfTheBandshell.org.
Freedom and Fireworks Fourth of July Celebration in DeBary will be from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at Gemini Springs Park. For more information, call (386) 668-2040 or visit http://Debary.org.
The City of Deltona will present its ninth annual Fireworks Extravaganza at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex, 1200 Saxon Blvd.
Fireworks begin at about 9:15 p.m. Children's activities, including games and bounce houses, will be from 6 to 9 p.m.
The disco, throw-back band Then2Now also will play from 6 to 9 p.m.
Vendors will be on-site to sell food and/or souvenirs.
Parking is limited at the Sports Complex. Extra parking and a free shuttle bus service will be available at City Hall, 2345 Providence Blvd. The shuttle will run from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. and then from 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. with the last bus leaving the Sports Complex at 10:15 p.m. Parking is free.
For more information, call (386) 878-8500.
The Fourth of July in Edgewater will begin with a 5K walk/run at 7 a.m. along South Riverside Drive. All proceeds from the 5K will be donated to the Wounded Warrior project. There will be live entertainment, food and various vendors at Menard-May Park and George R. Kennedy Park at 5 p.m. The day will culminate with a show by Zambelli Fireworks at 9 p.m.
For more information, call (386) 424-2445.
July 4th in Lake Helen includes fireworks at Royal Park starting at 9 p.m. Other events will be going on all day around town with a parade at 10 a.m. There will be a sack race, balloon toss, egg toss, gong show, seed-spitting contest, watermelon-eating contest, and a children's water slide from noon to 3 p.m. at Blake Park, 493 S. Lakeview Drive. For more information, call 386-228-2121.
New Smyrna Beach is hosting a July 4th celebration in Riverside Park, 105 S. Riverside Drive, culminating with a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.
The day begins with a free family fishing tournament until 2 p.m. near the Brannon Center. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. The tourney includes a hot dog cookout and awards.
There will be free concerts from Brickyard Road and the Crescent City Eagles Dixieland Jazz Band from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Riverside Park. Food trucks open at 3 p.m.
For more information, call (386) 424.2175.
Entertainment will stretch from Ormond Beach City Hall Plaza across the Granada Bridge to Fortunato Park and south into Rockefeller Gardens. Use the walkway under the bridge to go from park to park. Admission is free.
City Hall Plaza will feature rhythm and blues and classic rock music from The Sauce Band from 6 to 7:15 p.m., and Tie Dye Road from 7:45-9:15 p.m. Rockefeller Gardens will feature classic rock and popular hits by Brad Yates and Mo'Mentum from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and upTUIT from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m.
Food and drink vendors will be at each park.
The "Patriotic Kids Corner" at Fortunato Park will have games, crafts, activities, inflatable rides, a rock wall and appearances by Abe Lincoln, Uncle Sam and Ben Franklin. On stage at Fortunato Park will be magic acts and jugglers.
Fireworks by Santore will begin at 9:30 p.m. on the Halifax River just south of the Granada Bridge.
Those with handicapped parking permits may park near Bailey Riverbridge Gardens on the northeast corner of Granada and North Beach Street. Public parking includes the lot behind City Hall and The Casements parking lot.
Piers and boat docks will be closed at 7 p.m.
North Beach Street will be closed from Granada to Lincoln Avenue; South Beach Street will be closed from Granada to Division Avenue; and Grove Street will be closed from Tomoka Avenue to Division Avenue.
Free shuttle service will be available from 6 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. across the Granada Bridge. There will be pick-up and drop-off points on each side.
For more information, call (386) 676-3241 or visit www.ormondbeach.org.
The third annual Fourth of July family fun celebration in Pierson will be at 4 p.m. at Chipper Jones ball fields, 124 W. Washington Ave. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Port Orange celebrates the country's independence with a July 4th Spectacular.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. there will be live music, entertainment and fireworks at Port Orange City Center, 1000 City Center Circle.
The official Port Orange Centennial Event is free.
There will be a Classic Car Show around the City Center Lake. Other highlights include the rock-a-billy sounds of The Torkays and the magic of Lukas at the Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater. A Kids Zone will offer activities and games.
Shaina Harper will sing the "The Star-Spangled Banner" at 9 p.m. and, weather permitting, a fireworks display will follow the last note of the anthem.
Parking will be available at the Allen Green Center, Port Orange Library, Lakeside Community Center (handicapped only), Silver Sands Middle School, Palmer College and the YMCA.
For more information, call (386) 506-5851.
Saturday, July 6
Following the 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race there will be a celebration in Gatorade Victory Lane for the winning team and driver of the mid-summer classic.
There also will be a massive celebration in the sky thanks to Fireworks By Santore.
For more information on Fireworks By Santore, visit fireworksbysantore.com.
Sunday, July 7
Jim Miller's "Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Then and Now" will perform a patriotic concert at 2 p.m. at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, 399 N. U.S. 1.
The program will include American patriotic favorites and selections from the songbooks of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.
The donation of a small teddy bear is requested, which will be given to Volusia and Flagler County sheriffs' offices.
Reserved seat tickets are on sale now for $15 with Visa or MasterCard by calling (386) 676-3375; visit ormondbeach.org/pac; or at the Performing Arts Center Box Office. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m. and two hours before the show. For more information, call the (386) 676-3375.