The 4th of July in Key West is always a cause of celebration. And with the holiday landing on a Monday this year, it’s the perfect excuse to spend the whole weekend enjoying everything the island has to offer. From the annual Key Lime Festival to the most spectacular pyrotechnics show of the year, take advantage of the warm summer weekend with these 4th of July events in Key West.
Key Lime Festival
The Key Lime Festival (June 30 - July 4) certainly offers opportunities to celebrate the local fruit coinciding with the 4th of July. This year, the festival’s Key Lime Pie Hop will take place on July 3 beginning at 11 a.m. A ticket gets you five samples of key lime pie from participating eateries, as well as an official 2022 Key Lime Festival T-shirt. On the 4th of July, visit the Southernmost Beach Café for the World Key Lime Pie Eating Championship to see who can devour a 9” key lime pie the fastest (or participate yourself!). The contest begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. Other 4th of July events include the 4th of July Firecracker 5K, Dante’s Pool Bar & Restaurant’s 4th of July Pool Party, and the Patriotic Dinner Under the Fireworks at the Ed Knight Pier.
Best Places for BBQ and American Eats in Key West
Get stuffed with the quintessential backyard BBQ staples. Visit The Blind Pig at our sister hotel, The Gates Hotel, located next door to 24 North Hotel. The permanent food truck slings all kinds of American favorites, including smoked pulled pork tacos and sandwiches, premium beef jumbo hot dogs, bourbon chicken wings, cheeseburgers, and grilled cheese. In Old Town, restaurants like Smoked BBQ and Boat House Bar & Grill are excellent options with menu items like brisket, sausage, baby back ribs, and buffalo chicken wings.
If you’re thinking about a trip to Key West, 24 North Hotel has an exclusive limited time offer just for Florida residents. Get a special resident’s rate, plus free parking, and two welcome cocktails. Read more.
4th of July Fireworks in Key West
Celebrate the 4th of July with a fun-filled evening of fireworks at the Edward B. Knight Pier at Higgs Beach. Bring a blanket and get there early to stake out your spot on the pier or the beach. Smathers Beach is also a great place for uninterrupted views of the presentation. Fireworks begin after sunset, usually around 9 p.m.
4th of July Fireworks Cruise
Book a cruise on one of Key West’s charter vessels and watch the fireworks from the best seat of all - on the water! Barefoot Billy’s Independence Day Fireworks Cruise departs from Garrison Bight Marina and includes a “backyard cookout” food spread along with unlimited beer, wine, and Prosecco aboard their 42-foot Corinthian Catamaran. Hop on one of Fury’s 4th of July Fireworks cruises to see the show from the perfect spot in the water. A voyage aboard their catamaran includes a relaxing sail, plus live music, food, and all the beer, wine, and celebratory Champagne you can drink. Come see us at 24 North Hotel, we are happy to book your excursion for you. We recommend reserving your tickets as far in advance as possible, as these tours sell out every summer.
4th of July Pub Crawl
The 4th of July in Key West might be synonymous with fireworks, BBQ, and the Key Lime Festival, but it’s also one of America’s greatest beer-drinking holidays! Throw on your red, white and blue outfits and head to the best bars Key West has to offer. Check out the Key West Pub Crawl, our guide to Florida Keys breweries, or our favorite spots to kick back and enjoy a beer on the island.
Chill out at 24 North Hotel
Beat the heat and gather with your friends and family at 24 North Hotel. Get in that vacation state of mind by taking a refreshing dip in our crystal-clear pool. Celebrate America’s birthday poolside, with grilled summertime staples like conch fritters, tacos, and burgers from Toasted Coconut, our laid-back, family-friendly poolside restaurant. Comfortable chairs are set up for guests to lounge in the shade or get some sun. Cool off and stay hydrated with a Toasted Punch or a signature cocktail from Republica Bar & Lounge, our Cuban-inspired craft cocktail lounge featuring authentic mixology, unique charcuterie boards, and live music seven nights a week.
24 North Hotel is situated at Key West’s port of entry and just 10 minutes from the airport. Located in New Town, the hotel is a nice refuge from Duval Street and our shuttle service to Old Town is a convenient way to avoid the holiday traffic.