Open Hours: Mon - Thur 7:00 am - 5:30 pm & Fri 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Star Spangled Sanford

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At 7 PM, grab your lawn chairs or a blanket and head to the lakefront for STAR SPANGLED SANFORD on the Riverwalk, along Seminole Boulevard.  The kids will really enjoy the Kids Zone, sponsored by Ladies 327, the enormous park playground, and the splash pad in Ft. Mellon Park. Unfortunately the green space is closed due to construction but viewing areas are available along the lake and in grass covered spaces between Palmetto Avenue and San Juan Avenue. Everyone can relax to music hosted by K92.3’s Jay Edwards, visit our food and drink stations, shop the wide variety of vendors and be entertained by live performers along the Riverwalk.  We will end the night with a spectacular pyrotechnics show choreographed to patriotic music over Lake Monroe at about 9:15 PM.

Ft. Mellon Park will be open from 7 AM until Sunset (weather permitting) for everyone to enjoy the enormous park playground, basketball courts, pavilions and the splash pad (admission required for splash pad). Stroll, bike or skate along the lakefront, rent a boat or Jet Ski for fun on the lake, grab a bite to eat or picnic under a shade tree and sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of beautiful Lake Monroe.

It’s no longer a secret that our Star Spangled Sanford vendors start serving at 6 PM for those ‘early-birds’ who come to secure the best vantage points with their blankets and chairs!  And if you come hungry, check out all of the food trucks waiting to serve you. Grab a spot to check out the cirque entertainment (7 to 9 PM) along Seminole Boulevard, throw a Frisbee, people watch and catch up with friends and family you are bound to see!  Come early and avoid the lines for hotdogs, hamburgers, a snow cone or two and maybe even some kettle corn! Get pumped for an amazing fireworks show celebrating America’s 247th year of Independence on our nearly five mile long Riverwalk on the shores of Lake Monroe.

Beginning at 7 PM the Waterfront Celebration begins with great tunes, an expanded Kids Play Zone sponsored by Ladies 327, live entertainers, food, drink, and merchandise vendors along with radio station K92.3 keeping it festive.

At 9:15, get ready to enjoy a spectacular pyrotechnics show choreographed to fun upbeat tunes and patriotic music over Lake Monroe. The sound system reaches from San Juan Avenue to Palmetto Avenue so everyone can enjoy the tunes along the waterfront. Once again, the show produced by Zambelli International is choreographed specifically for our beautiful lakefront site and will include thousands of shells to produce this spectacular show.

Public restrooms (some portable) are available in Ft. Mellon Park, along Seminole Boulevard and also located at Palmetto Ave. and Seminole Blvd.

Road Closures will begin at Midnight on Monday, July 3rd and reopen by 11 PM on Monday, July 4th and include the following streets:
  • Seminole Boulevard, from Palmetto Avenue to Mellonville Avenue;
  • 1st Street, from San Juan Avenue to Sanford Avenue;
  • Sanford Avenue, from Seminole Boulevard to Commercial Street; and
  • Mellonville Avenue, from Seminole Boulevard to 1st Street;
  • Access to Marina Isle is restricted with no public parking. [The public boat ramps close from 10 AM to 8 AM with parking available in the municipal lot at Seminole Boulevard and Palmetto Avenue.]

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The Downtown Sanford Marina is the fireworks launch site for Star Spangled Sanford.  For the public’s safety, this requires that access to the Marina and the operations at the Marina must be modified.

The public boat ramps at Downtown Sanford Marina will close at 8 am on July 4th. All remaining vehicles and trailers will be towed.  Emergency Management will secure and monitor the area to ensure a safe fireworks show.  Limited parking is available in the Municipal Parking Lot located at Palmetto Avenue and Seminole Boulevard.

Boats, already in the water by 8 am and in the east basin, may enter Lake Monroe until 4 pm.  No vessels may enter or exit the east basin of Downtown Sanford Marina after 4 pm due to the safety zone required for the fireworks show.

All boats may enter back into the Marina’s east basin after the fireworks show and the Fire Marshall gives the all-clear following a safety check.  (Approximately 10:15 pm)

Thank you for helping us make this a safe 4th of July!

For Your Safety
  • No personal fireworks of any kind are allowed.
  • Only small personal coolers (ex: 12″x12″) are allowed in the event area
  • All bags and containers are subject to search at all times.
  • Alcohol, glass containers, and Styrofoam are prohibited.
  • For the safety of your pet and others, pets are not allowed in the event area.
  • Golf carts are prohibited in the event footprint.
  • The event venue is on Seminole Blvd. from Palmetto Ave. to Mellonville Ave. and from the lakefront to 1st
Information for Vendors
Vendors are still welcome!  Hurry! Please attach a description and photograph of your 10×10 booth with product/food display to

After the Event

Quickest Exit Strategies:  For approximately one hour after the fireworks show, Officers will man intersections and work traffic lights to expedite downtown traffic.  Please review the set traffic patterns on Seminole Blvd, 1st Street or Mellonville Avenue which will assist us to minimize traffic congestion following the event:


  • For southbound traffic, use 2nd Street to Mellonville Avenue – both lanes will be restricted to southbound travel to Celery Avenue.
  • 1st Street traffic will continue westbound on 1st Street, over 17-92, toward I-4.   From 1st Street, travel onto 17-92, northbound or southbound, will be temporarily restricted during this short time period. 
  • 17-92 traffic northbound is restricted to the west turn lane onto 1st Street, heading westward to I-4.
  • Seminole Boulevard, and all roads north of 1st Street, will continue on Seminole Boulevard, along the Riverwalk to I-4. 


Other exit strategies, but without officer-assistance, include:

  • 17-92 southbound traffic access will be available from 3rd Street.



Jul 04 2024


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Ft Mellon Park/RiverWalk
Ft Mellon Park/RiverWalk

300 N Park Ave
Sanford FL, 32771

Opening Hours:

Mon – Thur:  7:00 am – 5:30 pm

Fri:  8:00 am – 1:00 pm

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