10 Awesome Things About July 4th on the Gulf Coast


10 Awesome Things About July 4th on the Gulf Coast | Plumlee Vacation Rentals


Have you celebrated Independence Day on the Gulf Coast of Florida? If not, you're really missing out. If so, you know how many amazing things to do there are over the Fourth of July holiday. So many, that you have to come back again and again to do everything you want to do and experience all of what this area has to offer.

Here's our top 10 list of awesome things to do on Florida's Gulf Coast during the July 4th holiday, whether you'll be here this year or you're planning your summer beach vacation for next year. These are the things we love most—and visitors and vacationers do too. All of these family-friendly Fourth of July activities are easy to get to and not far from your Indian Rocks Beach rental or Indian Shores beach condo.

Without further ado, here are 10 of our favorite things to do this July 4th in Florida!


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1. Fireworks on the Beach

What is a Fourth of July celebration without fireworks, right? Right! Well the good news is that you have several options for fireworks that promise to end your night with a bang. Here are some of the best Fourth of July fireworks displays right near your Gulf beach vacation rental.

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2. Clearwater Celebrates America

There's family fun for everyone in Clearwater, Florida, where you can celebrate America’s independence with a patriotic concert and a huge 9:30p.m. fireworks display at Coachman Park. The July 4th night includes vendors, food and drink concessions, and a children’s play area. This locally loved event runs 4p.m. to 10p.m. and everyone is welcome.

Read more about this year's Clearwater Celebrates America Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks here.

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3. Fourth of July Dinner Cruises

Celebrate the stars and stripes on the water with a spectacular 4th of July Fireworks Cruise departing from either Tampa Bay or Clearwater. These cruises include a buffet with upscale American favorites, DJ entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks finale choreographed to patriotic music. All ages welcome, but you must be 21+ with valid ID to drink. These Fourth of July cruises sell out every year rain or shine! Book your tickets now before they're all gone.

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4. Clearwater Beach Sunsets at Pier 60

The iconic Sunset Festivals at Pier 60 happen nightly but there's always something new to see and experience every time you visit. Not to mention that you get a different color show every single night. Enjoy live music, entertainers, local artists and crafters selling their wares, and a lively atmosphere that is perfect for solo travelers, couples and families alike. Put it on your Fourth of July to-do list.

Find all the latest happenings and local updates on Sunsets at Pier 60's Facebook Page.

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5. Exploring Indian Rocks Beach

Come explore the best of what Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, has to offer. The barrier island beauty is all around you from the Gulf of Mexico waters to the Intracoastal Waterway with coastal paradise sandwiched in between. Get to know this Florida Gulf Coast town famous for its peaceful tranquility and family-friendly atmosphere.

Get to know more about Indian Rocks Beach here, or better yet, just come and see it for yourself.

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6. Exploring Indian Shores

Indian Shores, Florida, shares many of the beautiful barrier island traits of Indian Rocks Beach but with a quaint beach vibe all its own. The Gulf of Mexico waters lap gently along its soft sand beaches offering endless opportunities to soak up the best of the beach. Indian Shores is home to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary and to abundant marine life in all its forms.

Check out what people love most about Indian Shores here. Then start planning your adventure.

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7. Fourth of July Feasts

We take food pretty seriously here and you should too! Savor the freshest Gulf Coast seafood, casual fare, fine dining, sweet treats and more here. There's something to please every palate. Satisfy your cravings and come back for more. That's what vacation is for!

You can go out to eat at one of our fabulous local restaurants or you can have a Fourth of July Feast right in your vacation rental. Check out those amazing recipes and then get your shopping list ready. You have everything you need in your vacation rental kitchen.

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8. Epic Adventures

Go big or go home! You only live this life once so go ahead and check off a bucket list item or two while you're here. The sky's the limit and we have some adrenaline pumping adventures that you won't soon forget.

Zipline, sky dive, parasail, dive with the sharks, sky surf and jet surf—choose your epic Florida Gulf Coast adventure. Go home with some stories to tell and some awesome memories to cherish.

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9. Family-Friendly Activities

A Florida family vacation is like no other. You have so many options for all of the ages and varying interests of each of your family members. Water lovers, anglers, sports enthusiasts, shell collectors, animal lovers, history buffs, naturalists, artists, thrill seekers and foodies all find some of their favorite things to do right here on our beaches and in our towns.

Check out the Beach Welcome Center for a great start to your Florida Gulf Coast vacation.


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10. Gulf Coast Vacation Rental Perks

There are so many reasons to choose a vacation rental for your Florida vacation. Let us count the ways—more bang for your vacation buck, more amenities, more personalization, more privacy, and more of what you need and want from your home-away-from-home.

Choose your location, choose your style of rental, choose your preferred number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and choose the amenities that matter most to you. It is YOUR vacation after all. Don't settle for anything less! Find where you want to be and explore your Gulf Coast vacation rental options right here. All that's left to do is book your favorite.


There's really only one question left to ask yourself. Why wouldn't you want to be here to celebrate Independence Day with us? Happy Fourth of July, friends and beach lovers! May it be a safe, fun and fabulous one.


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