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Jun 292015

Fireworks and fun in the Florida Keys include entertainment and parades.

Most of these events are family-friendly, free and July 4. The event in Big Pine Key is July 3.

  • Key West, White Street Pier, 9 p.m.
  •  Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks Show,  patriotic parade 10:30 a.m. from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road, mile marker 50, to Sombrero Beach, with food,  kids’ projects, entertainment and fireworks
  • Big Pine Key and Lower Keys, 5 about 9 p.m.,  food, activities and fireworks about 8:30 p.m. July 3, at the community park, Sands Road,  entertainment includes Haywire; free entry; raindate July 5; 305-872-2411
  • Spirit of Islamorada 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 4, Founders Park, mile marker 87,  Plantation Key;  entertainment, food and drinks, and fireworks; parking fee is $10 for non-residents, 305-853-1685
  • Key Largo, around mile marker 104,  fireworks over Blackwater Sound about 10 p.m., weather permitting; reservations suggested for seating  at local venues, such as Sundowners and Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort, 305-451-4502
  • Key Largo, Fourth of July parade,  10 a.m. from the parking lot at Anthony’s Clothing Store, MM 98.2 on the center median of U.S. Highway 1 in Key Largo to MM 100; free old-fashioned community picnic at Key Largo Community Park; 305-451-1414 for information about the picnic or 305-852-3216 for info about the parade


 Posted by on June 29, 2015
Jun 282015

For Anything That Floats event in Key Largo, entry is  free for folks who build their own boats with such funky items as lawn furniture, plastic wrap and pool noodles and for folks who simply watch the fun.

The event is 3 p.m. August 15, with teams signing in at 2 p.m.

Participants, at least age 13, build their own watercraft with permitted repurposed items, and then race the boats in Blackwater Sound outside of Sundowners, mile marker 103.9, with prizes awarded and live music as part of the festivities, 305-451-4502


 Posted by on June 28, 2015
Jun 262015

Entry is free to walk around and look at the powerful boats participating in the Super Boat Grand Prix in the Florida Keys.

The event in Marathon is July 3, July 4 and July 5

Access to see the boats and meet the drivers is free at the Race Village dry pits, which are at Florida Keys Marathon Airport, mile marker 51, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 3 to July 5.

Wet pits are  at the marina docks behind Hyatt Place Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club, 1996 Overseas Highway. Wet pits are open to the public July 4 noon to 4 p.m. and July 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Super Boat Grand Prix races are  11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 5 on the Gulf of Mexico  parallel to the shoreline from Tranquility Bay Resort at MM 48.5 to the landmark Seven Mile Bridge, turning and finishing at Hyatt Place.

Spectators may watch the race for free at  Sunset Park, MM 47.

Another event in Marathon —  The Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks Show is July 4, with a parade about 10:30 a.m.  from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road, MM 50, to free-admission Sombrero Beach, featuring festivities that include food,  kids’ crafts, entertainment and fireworks.




 Posted by on June 26, 2015
Jun 142015

Stroll among art galleries and shops at free art walk events in The Florida Keys.

The art walk festivities in Key West and Islamorada are most Third Thursdays of the month, about 6 p.m.

The Morada Way Arts District in Islamorada offers its art walk festivities most third Thursdays. The events are presented by the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, between mile marker 81 and mile marker 82,  phone 305-664-9100

In Key West, the  various art galleries and shops around White Street from Southard to United streets  participate in  The Walk On White Gallery Walk  most third Thursdays of the month,  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some of the venues may offer refreshments and free entertainment


 Posted by on June 14, 2015
Jun 142015

Nugget deals are in vogue at popular fast-food burger restaurants in South Florida.

  • Participating McDonald’s restaurants in the Miami-Dade, Broward, the Florida Keys and West Palm Beach areas are offering 10-piece McNuggets for a discounted price of $1.39
  • Participating Burger King restaurants are offering 10 chicken nuggets for $1.49

The deals are valid for a limited promotion.

 Posted by on June 14, 2015
Jun 142015

Fun activities for kids are featured during free events at an eco-theme attraction in Key West.

The activities are 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. most third Saturdays of the month.

The venue is the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 35 E. Quay Road, Key West, 305-809-4750

The events are tailored for youngsters in kindergarten to fifth grade.


 Posted by on June 14, 2015