5 Ways to Spend Your Independence Day Weekend in Ocala/Marion County
The 4th of July is all about celebrating our freedoms, and what better way is there to do that than to enjoy Ocala/Marion County and our homeland with family and friends?
From outdoor adventures in the moonlight to honoring our veterans, here are 5 ideas for things to do in Ocala/Marion County to tap into the red, white, and blue this July 4th weekend.
1. Visit the Veterans Memorial Park
We get to enjoy a beautiful holiday weekend in our amazing country thanks to the bravery and sacrifices of our service members and veterans. A great way to honor them is to visit the Ocala – Marion County Veterans Memorial Park. The park has benches throughout, flags flying representing the branches of the military, monuments remembering heroes and more. A visit to the park is truly a must for Independence Day. We also encourage all our veterans, whether visitors or residents, to check out some of the veteran-friendly things to do in Ocala/Marion County.
2. Shop at the Downtown Market
The Ocala Downtown Market is back again every weekend and with July 4 falling on a Saturday, the market will be extra special with live music, vendors, and snow cones. The market is open from 9 am – 2 pm and is animal and kid-friendly, so bring the whole family!
3. Splash In the Springs
Make the blue in red, white and blue part of your whole day, by splashing into one of our beautiful springs! Silver Glen Springs, Juniper Springs, Salt Springs and Rainbow Springs all make for great spots for enjoy the Florida sunshine while keeping cool in the natural springs.
4. Taste Some BBQ
Pulled Brisket, mac n’ cheese and cornbread… nothing feels more like summer in the USA than good BBQ. In Ocala/Marion County, we are not lacking in that! Some of the locals’ favorite BBQ stops are
- Big Lee's Serious About Barbecue in Ocala
- Artman Country Smokehouse in Summerfield
- Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar in Downtown Ocala.
The flavor does not stop there though… Ocala/Marion County has many more delicious spots to choose from. Check out all the dining options here.
5. Camp Under the Stars
Maybe you don’t have fireworks, but what about a campfire or shooting stars? Set up a tent and spend quality time with friends or family in our great outdoors under the stars at one of our many campsites. There are dozens of campgrounds in Ocala/Marion County, in places like the following:
For a full list of all the sites, click here.