July 4th Celebrations: Fireworks and Fun


Well hello there summer! There are a few tell tale signs of summer for a mom. Here in the South just open your front door, and the heat literally slaps you in the face. Your kids are driving you bonkers but dare you send them outside for fear of heat stroke. They are not allowed inside for too long for fear of eating you out of house and home. Why oh why are they so dang hungry during the summer? And then of course every mother worries about too much screen time. Have no fear I am going to help you out this July 4th holiday!

Fishing Fun

The 4th of July MS Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo will be hosted Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7. This is a family-friendly event happening daily from 12-10:30pm at the Gulfport Harbor. There is a $5 entry (5 years and under free) with free parking across the street. The Kids Fishing Rodeo and Tournament will take place on Saturday, along with other fun activities like water gun and hula hoop contests. Check out this fun schedule of events!

Crabby Fun

Our Lady of the Gulf’s annual Crab Festival is Thursday, July 4 – Saturday, July 6. This is a free weekend of craft vendors and live music, with a ton of seafood to feast on. Free admission 10am-10pm at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis.

Music Fun

Long Beach Live presents it’s Finally First Friday event on Friday, July 5 with Starz Band Live at the Harper McCaughan Town Green in Downtown Long Beach. The free live music starts at 7pm with local businesses staying open late with specials. This is a family friendly event, just bring chairs and blankets and maybe beach towels if the kids want to play in the splash pad. You cannot miss this crowd with their classic cars lining Jeff Davis Avenue.

Running Fun

The Blossman Family YMCA in Ocean Springs will have it’s annual Wesson Memorial Health Run on Thursday, July 4 at 8am. This is a 2 mile run/walk followed by a 1/4 mile children’s run. There is a $20 raceday entry, or an early entry can be found at www.gulfcoastrunningclub.org

Fireworks Fun

Pascagoula has their city show at Beach Park on the 4th at 9pm.

Fort Maurepas Park on Front Beach is the place to be for Ocean Springs’ show at 8:45pm on July 3.

The City of Biloxi will have their show on the 4th at 9pm. Best viewing is from the Biloxi Lighthouse to the Biloxi Bay Bridge with accompanying music on FM 105.9.

Gulfport will light up the sky on July 4th from Gulfport Harbor at 8:45pm.

Waveland will have an Independence Day Celebration on the 4th with live music starting at 2pm and ending with fireworks at 9pm.

Boating Fun

There are two unique ways to watch the fantastic firework displays this 4th of July. Biloxi Schooner will sail at 7pm on July 4th for the show. This is a fun opportunity to sail, BYOB and take in a beautiful view. Call 228-435-6320 for information on reservations and pricing.

Ship Island Excursions will also be taking tours for the show in Biloxi and Gulfport. These tours depart at 7pm and are $27/person. You can make reservations at www.msshipisland.com