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Celebrate Fourth of July early with fireworks before the fireworks at Port Canaveral

by Brittani Tuttle

The sky above Port Canaveral will light up with fireworks during the fifth annual 2nd of July Fireworks Before the Fireworks event.

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Photo by Craig Rubadoux/Florida Today

Held from 5-10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, guests can enjoy the fireworks before the holiday begins on the lawn at Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral – located at 670 Dave Nisbet Drive.

The U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Unit will conduct the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. with a Presentation of the Colors and the National Anthem. The event will feature a kids zone with a Touch-a-Truck area, as well as food truck and vendors, a beer tent, and entertainment by Michael Van Ness. Fireworks will start shortly after sunset, and guests are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Event parking will be $5 and will start at 5 p.m. A limited number of VIP Fireworks Viewing tickets are available for $25 each at the Exploration Tower website. Each ticket offers an unobstructed view of the fireworks and includes parking and light snacks, beverages, a cash bar, exclusive admission into the Tower starting at 5 p.m., and access to a street party that will surround the Tower. Free parking for VIP ticket holders will be in the tower lot; if that lot fills up, guests can show their VIP ticket voucher to parking staff to get free parking elsewhere.

A special parking and traffic flow plan was developed by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Canaveral Fire Rescue and Canaveral Port Authority Public Safety to help improve arrival at the Port before the event and exiting the port after it ends. The traffic plan will have road closures starting at 10 a.m. and one-day directional exiting of Port roads starting at 9 p.m.

You can check out a map of the parking and traffic flow plan below:

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To learn more about this year’s event, go to ExplorationTower.com.

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