New Year is a fresh start, a clean slate, and of course, a fantastic opportunity to catch some of the best fireworks displays all year. Florida is an ideal location, mainly because you can be outside waiting for fireworks without freezing your butt off in the process. There are plenty of great places to watch New Year fireworks for free in Florida this year, and here are some of the best.
Panama City Beach Ball Drop
When: December 31 5:30p.m. - midnight
Address: Pier Park, Panama City Beach
Why You Need To Go: In classic Florida fashion, this event counts down to the new year with free live music, entertainment, fireworks, and a ball drop of over 10,000 inflated beach balls dropped from nets stretched over the street.
When: December 31 10p.m. - 1:30a.m.
Address: Baldwin Park, Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: Enjoy a delicious dinner from one of the many restaurants in Baldwin Park, or the food trucks that will be frequenting the area for this event, and then watch a stunning fireworks display over the lake.
When: Midnight, December 31
Address: Naples Pier, 137 12th Avenue S. Naples, FL 34102
Why You Need To Go: The Naples Pier is a great place to spot fireworks for free, but you can also book a boat tour if you're looking for something out on the water.
Light It Up Clearwater Beach
When: Midnight, December 31st
Address: 112 S. Osceola Avenue, Clearwater, FL. 33756
Why You Need To Go: What better way to ring in the new year than with your toes in the sand, watching fireworks over the ocean? You can watch a famous Clearwater sunset, and then stick around for their free New Year fireworks.
New Year's Eve in Daytona Beach
When: December 31, 2019
Address: Citywide in Daytona Beach, FL
Why You Need To Go: Celebrations in Daytona will kick off at 6p.m. on Main Street from A1A to Peninsula. There will be live music and entertainment, street performers, and vendors topped off by a midnight ball drop and fireworks over the ocean.
Beach Blast Off In St. Augustine
When: December 31, 2019, 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Address: St. Augustine Beach Pier Park is located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd
Why You Need To Go: Along with free live music and a spectacular fireworks show, there will also be "The Comfort Zone" with over 30 food and drink vendors to enjoy while you wait for the light show.