Sometimes, you just want to get out of town on a holiday.
And this year the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday, which equals those magical words “four day weekend.”
Fireworks are a must on the Fourth, of course - but what else is there to do?
Let us help you with that. Here are a few ways to have a happy Independence Day in Key West.
Key Lime Festival
Celebrate citrus in the hometown of the Key lime pie at this four-day culinary festival, which kicks off on July 4 with a pie-eating contest (you can sign up for $20) and continues through July 7 with cocktail and baking classes, rum samplings, a scavenger hunt and lots more.
Key Lime Festival: July 4-7
Rotary Club of Key West 5K Run/Walk
The race begins at 7:30 a.m. on July 4 on the Edward Knight Pier and costs $25 for runners or walkers. The price goes up to $30 after 4 p.m. July 3.
Fourth of July at Casa Marina
The hotel is hosting a benefit for the Rotary Club of Key West’s Scholarship Fund with reserved seating on the beach for the fireworks, an upscale buffet, three-hour open private bar. Tickets $250 at www.KeysTix.com
As always, fireworks will be launched off the White Street Pier around 9 p.m. Two favorite spots for viewing are Smathers Beach and Higgs Beach, but spots fill up quickly so don’t be late.
If you want to watch fireworks like a boss, though, consider watching the festivities from a boat, where you can be served some of your favorite adult beverages. The fireworks cruises sell out fast, though, so make plans now.
Key West Mermaid Festival
The inaugural event starts after the Fourth and celebrates all things mermaids. The most important thing to know is that it involves drinking something called a “mermosa” and also that a percentage of proceeds from the three-day event go to the Key- West based Reef Relief.
Key West Mermaid Festival: July 5-7