We all love this time of year. Looking back at the previous years we all feel a little nostalgic for fireworks and Grandma’s pies. The fourth of July is truly a celebration of freedom. Most people celebrate with family or loved ones over delicious meals. Others go out for fireworks and out on the town for a taste of something new. Whatever you do this 4th, stay safe and enjoy the freedom of being able to be with family & friends, or simply, doing something fun. Not sure what do this weekend? We’ve compiled a list of “Local Showcase Favorites”.


45th GOD AND COUNTRY DAY: The Ocala Jaycees’ annual God and Country Day event runs from 1 p.m. to dusk at the corner of Highway 27 and County Road 225A, Ocala. Includes hot dog eating contest, fireworks, music and more www.facebook.com/jciocala


COMMUNITY FEST Stars, Stripes & Slides 4th of July is a family friendly event consisting of a 1,000 foot water slide. In addition to the water slide, there will be food trucks, music and entertainment. The event will be paired with a concert and fireworks! Located on the downtown square, Ocala. www.ocalamarion.com/event/community-fest-slide-city/


INDEPENDENCE DAY ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Music, a skydiving show, food, crafts, fireworks and more will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. at Circle Square Commons Town Square, 8413 SW 80th St, Ocala, FL 34481. Parking $5 per car for non-On Top of the World residents. www.CircleSquareCommons.com


ROCK THE SPRINGS: Silver Springs Nature Park, 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Silver Springs, FL 34488. Features a 350 acre nature theme park with crystal clear springs, glass bottom boat cruises, and an assortment of unique animals. Mark Chesnutt performs at 7:30 p.m. Pricing: $24.99 to $31.99. www.silversprings.com


CRYSTAL RIVER: Old Fashioned 4th of July

Kings Bay Park, 268 NW 3rd Street, Crystal River, FL 34428. 5:00-9:00pm for an evening of old-fashioned games and contests, food, beer/wine.  Two great bands, Susanne Smith Band and Rebel Soul returns!  A red, white and blue parade will kick off the festivities and the FIREWORKS show at 9:00pm (weather pending).  Games, contests, band and fireworks are all FREE!!! www.crystalriverfl.org


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