What a blast! Vero basks in Fourth fest and fireworks

Vero Beach Fourth of July Fireworks show. [Photo: Kaila Jones]

Riverside Park was awash in red, white and blue last Thursday in celebration of our nation’s birthday at a star-spangled afternoon of family, fun and fireworks.

Families gathered for the 4th of July Celebration and Vero Beach Centennial Fireworks early in the day, staking out choice spots in the park where they passed the time pitching tents, tailgating and visiting with friends, as youngsters splashed in wading pools to keep the heat at bay.

More than 10,000 people were expected to attend the old-fashioned, patriotic blowout, which was reminiscent of days gone by.

The festivities got started earlier than in prior years to allow more family time for the little ones to play in the children’s play area, visit the petting zoo, jump in the always-popular bounce house, try their best to keep Hula Hoops aloft or stroll through a unique butterfly feeding tent.

Attendees were entertained by bands playing throughout the day as they quenched their thirst at the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association Beer tent or dined at one of many food trucks on site. As dusk descended all eyes were skyward as fireworks lit up the night with a little extra oomph in honor of the City Centennial.

Festival sponsors included Treasure and Space Coast Radio and Cleveland Clinic, with firework sponsors Indian River County, the City of Vero Beach and Mulligan’s.

Photos by: Kaila Jones
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