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Things to Do in the Florida Keys During the Month of July
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Things to Do in the Florida Keys During the Month of July

The Florida Keys are an incredible destination all year round, but July offers a unique blend of festive events and activities that truly capture the spirit of this tropical paradise. Whether you're staying at our Islamorada resort or exploring the neighboring islands, there's no shortage of excitement and entertainment to enjoy. Here are some of the must-see events and activities happening in the Florida Keys this July.

Is July a Good Time to Visit the Keys?

While the Keys are pretty buzzy year-round, some months are more popular than others. July is considered high season due to mini-lobster season and summer vacation. Expect hot days and the occasional afternoon thunderstorm. The combination of lively events and warm weather makes it an exciting time to visit, but be prepared for the bustling activity that comes with the peak season.

Key Lime Festival 2024: America’s Favorite Citrus Celebration!

Jul 03, 2024 - Jul 07, 2024

Kick off your July in the Florida Keys with the annual Key Lime Festival, a vibrant celebration dedicated to our beloved Key lime. This event showcases everything that makes the islands unique, from the quirky to the unforgettable. The festival is held in Key West, the birthplace of Key Lime Pie, and promises a delightful experience filled with fun, oddities, and of course, plenty of Key lime treats. Come for a taste and see why this citrus celebration is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Event Highlights:

  • Key Lime Pie Eating Contest
  • Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll
  • Key Lime Cooking Demonstrations
  • Local Art and Craft Vendors

More Information and tickets here.

Key Largo 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

Jul 04, 2024

Celebrate Independence Day in Key Largo with a spectacular parade and fireworks display. The festivities begin at 10 AM with the annual 4th of July Parade, featuring colorful floats, marching bands, and community groups. The celebration continues at Rowell’s Marina from 5 PM with live music, food, and fun activities for the whole family. The day culminates with a breathtaking fireworks display at 9:15 PM, lighting up the sky in a dazzling array of colors.

Event Highlights:

  • 4th of July Parade at 10 AM
  • Live Music and Family Activities at Rowell’s Marina
  • Food and Beverage Vendors
  • Fireworks at 9:15 PM

Islamorada 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

Jul 04, 2024

For those staying in Islamorada, the Upper Keys Rotary Club and the Village of Islamorada co-host a fantastic Independence Day Celebration at Founders Park. From 6 to 10 PM on July 4th, enjoy an evening of festive activities, delicious food, and lively entertainment. The event features food trucks, soda, water, beer, and rum punch for purchase. Highlights include music, face painting, a Patriotic People and Puppy Parade at 7:30 PM, and an impressive fireworks display after sunset. Attendance is free, with a suggested $10 donation for parking. Bring chairs and blankets for a comfortable evening under the stars.

Event Highlights:

  • Live Music and Entertainment
  • Food Trucks and Beverage Stalls
  • Patriotic People and Puppy Parade at 7:30 PM
  • Fireworks Display After Sunset

Hemingway Days

Jul 16, 2024 - Jul 21, 2024

Celebrate the legacy of Ernest Hemingway during Hemingway Days in Key West. This annual event honors the renowned author who lived and wrote on the island in the 1930s. The festival features a variety of activities, including the famous Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, the whimsical Running of the Bulls, and a commemoration of Hemingway's 125th birthday. Other events include a presentation on Key West in the 1930s, a museum exhibit, a 3-day marlin tournament, a 5k run and paddleboard race, and a lively street fair.

Event Highlights:

  • Hemingway Look-Alike Contest
  • Running of the Bulls
  • Key West in the 1930s Presentation
  • Hemingway's 125th Birthday Commemoration
  • 3-Day Marlin Tournament
  • 5k Run and Paddleboard Race
  • Street Fair

Lobster Mini-Season

Jul 24, 2024 - Jul 25, 2024

One of the most anticipated events in the Florida Keys is the Lobster Mini-Season, a 48-hour period when recreational divers and snorkelers can catch lobsters before the commercial season begins. This event is a frenzy of excitement, attracting lobster enthusiasts from all over the world. The mini-season provides a unique opportunity to experience the thrill of lobster hunting in the clear, warm waters of the Keys. The regular lobster season follows, running from August 6th to March 31st. Be sure to familiarize yourself with rules and regulations before participating. Learn more here.

Event Highlights:

  • 48-Hour Recreational Lobster Catching
  • Opportunities for Divers and Snorkelers
  • Preparation for Regular Lobster Season (August 6th - March 31st)

Holiday Events in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys offer a variety of holiday events throughout the year, each providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors and locals alike. In addition to the July events listed above, the Keys host numerous celebrations, festivals, and activities that reflect the vibrant culture and rich history of this stunning island chain.

Whether you're staying at our Islamorada resort or exploring the islands, July in the Florida Keys is packed with events and activities that promise a memorable vacation. From citrus celebrations and patriotic parades to literary festivals and lobster hunts, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So pack your bags, bring your sense of adventure, and get ready to experience the best of the Florida Keys this July!