What a time to be alive! Summer has finally arrived, our gorgeous Florida beaches are once again buzzing with locals and tourists alike, and America’s favorite holiday is right around the corner. A certain spirit of happiness seems to sweep the nation around this time every year as we get ready to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence.
For 240 consecutive years, Americans of every background conceivable have come together on the 4th of July and shared a wealth of smiles, laughs, hot dogs, and fireworks. It a beautiful thing, and we here at Honda of Gainesville, one of the leading new Honda dealers near Ocala, Florida, could not be more excited for this year’s festivities. That is why we have put together this small list of some of our favorite 4th of July events near our hometown of Gainesville! Pick your favorite!
The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America- Alachua County
One of our favorite parts about Gainesville is that genuine, small-town atmosphere that brings us together as a community. Everywhere you go, you are greeted with a smile and a wave, or a simple “How’s it going?” It’s the small things throughout the day that remind you how great of a town we are a part of.
Well, there’s nothing small about Gainesville’s most popular fireworks display, and that’s quite alright with us! Alachua County’s “Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America” routinely draws close to 30,000 locals from the Gainesville area to the Hal Brady Recreation Complex for an evening you and your loved ones are sure to remember for years to come. Grab family, friends, and a blanket to sit on and come enjoy a beautiful night full of fun and fireworks with your Gainesville community!
God & Country Day July 4th Festival- Ocala
For those of us with children, there aren’t many better options for a top notch 4th of July than Ocala’s God & Country Day July 4th festival. With events such as train rides, bouncy houses, sack races and water slides, your kids will be thoroughly entertained for the entire afternoon. While the kids play, enjoy some awesome live music played by local bands, grab a bite to eat from some of the local food vendors, and cap the night off with an exciting 30-minute firework display.
4th of July on St. John’s River- Palatka
If you are like most Americans, all you really need to be satisfied on the 4th of July is a cold beer, good company, live music and fireworks. Well, that’s exactly what you will get at the city of Palatka’s 4th of July on the St. John’s River. With music acts playing at the amphitheater starting at 6:00 PM and continuing until the firework show, there may not be a more beautiful venue to spend your 4th of July at in all of Florida. Hop in your brand new 2016 Honda CR-V, bring your American flags and come enjoy the festivities this Independence day!
Lake City Annual 4th of July Celebration- Columbia County
Lake City is the last can’t-miss 4th of July celebration on our list, but it is certainly not the least. With a crowd consistently reaching the tens of thousands, the Columbia County Fairgrounds is the place to be this Independence Day. Enjoy food and drink, music, laughs and of course one heck of a pyrotechnics show with your Lake City community this 4th of July!
Celebrate this 4th of July with a New Honda Pilot from Honda of Gainesville
Check out the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV at Honda of Gainesville. The newly designed Honda SUV can seat up to 8 and fit all of your holiday necessities behind the 3-rd row seat. Pop in a DVD to enjoy your favorite videos on a 9-inch screen while you sit in the heated second row cozy captain’s chairs. You can also enjoy your music, podcasts, and more on an 8-inch audio touch screen.
The Honda Pilot offers many safety features such as the multi-angle rearview camera, Honda LaneWatch™, Collision Mitigation Braking System, and more. With an estimated 19 city/27 highway mpg rating*, you can now drive in comfort and luxury when you take your new Honda Pilot SUV on your next summer road trip! Visit Honda of Gainesville for more information on the all-new Honda Pilot SUV and to take it for a test drive.
Whether you watch the fireworks from Palatka, Lake City, or your own back yard, it is difficult to have a bad time on the 4th of July as long as you are safe and relaxing with family. Drink responsibly, be careful with those fireworks, and let freedom ring!
If you are in the market for a vehicle to transport you and your loved ones from festival to festival on the big day, stop by your neighborhood used Honda dealer in Gainesville, Florida, Honda of Gainesville for great deals and friendly service from the time you walk in the door until the day you sell your car. Come by our Honda showroom located at 3801 North Main Street, Gainesville, Florida 32609 to test drive any of our quality models today!
* 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT models. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT models. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT models. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.