Travel News/Independence Day in Coastal Mississippi

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 Biloxi is making a convincing case for heading to Coastal Mississippi for spectacular fireworks, mouth-watering seafood dishes, fun-filled beach days, and sultry summer nights.

Do you know what’s better than America’s Independence? When the 4th of July lands on a Thursday and you have four whole days to celebrate America, summer, great destinations, and the friends and family you love.

This year, Biloxi is making a convincing case for heading to Coastal Mississippi for spectacular fireworks, mouth-watering seafood dishes, fun-filled beach days, and sultry summer nights.

“…Our goal is to help everyone have a safe and happy Independence Day in our coastal summer paradise.” ~Judy Young, CEO of Coastal Mississippi Tourism

Stretching along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, coastal Mississippi offers a charming blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture that makes it a must-visit destination. You can relax and play on stunning beaches one day, explore pieces of its past by visiting antebellum homes, forts, and museums the next, and get a taste of the bounty from the sea every day! 

In this article, we’ll share how to have the Best Independence Day in Coastal Mississippi. Then, we’ll give you some ideas of other things to do during your visit to Mississippi. Let’s get started.

Fireworks and Celebrations in Coastal Mississippi

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Did you know that Mississippi has the largest family-friendly fishing rodeo in the world, and it takes place during  Independence Day in Coastal Mississippi?

Long Beach 4th of July Jubilee

The Long Beach Jubilee begins Saturday, June 29, 2024 and includes a festival, parade, live music, and fireworks.

Diamondhead’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

Diamondhead’s Annual Fireworks Celebration begins on June 29, 2024 with live music and Coastal food. Bring your beach chair and enjoy the fireworks!

Ocean Springs Annual Independence Celebration

The Ocean Springs Fireworks Show in Fort Maurepas Park on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. Enjoy live music, food, drinks and games. Then the skies light up beginning at 9:00pm with their fireworks show.

Biloxi Schooner Sunset Sail

Depart from Biloxi Schooner Pier and after the sun sets, you’ll enjoy a unique view of the Biloxi Independence Day fireworks.

The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Beau Rivage Resort and Casino celebrates with Red, White, & Beau with holiday-themed menus and pool-side music with DJ Hyphee. End the day with a great view of the Biloxi fireworks.

Biloxi Shuckers annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza

At Biloxi Shuckers, all military personnel receive discounted admission to the game. Gates open at 5:30 pm and fireworks begin right after the game.

Bay St. Louis Lighting Up Da Bay

Bay St. Louis is where the show in the sky with keep you in a state of awe and wonder! Fireworks begin at 8:45 pm. Visitors are encouraged to watch from the beach or by boat for the best viewing.

Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival in Bay St. Louis

Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival has been a community tradition for 40 years, held this year from July 4-6, 2024. Festivities include arts and crafts vendors, delicious seafood, and a 5k and one-mile fun run. The celebration culminates with a Kings of Neon performance.

The Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport

The Mississippi Aquarium re-opens its doors after normal business hours for Fins, Fireworks, & Frosty Beers.  

Fireworks Show at Pascagoula Beach Park

The spectacular 4th of July Fireworks Show at Pascagoula Beach Park will be performed in sync with patriotic music broadcast live on the radio. You can watch from the beach or by boat beginning at 8:45 pm.

Annual Blessing of the Fleet

The family-friendly 95th Annual Blessing of the Fleet event begins at 11:00, July 7,2024 on the Great Lawn across from Harrah’s Gulf Coast in Biloxi, featuring a Shrimp Festival, arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, and the best views for the Biloxi Boat Blessing. The ceremonial wreath dropping is at 2:00 pm.

Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and Music Festival

The largest family-friendly fishing rodeo in the world! Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and Music Festival is a three-day event, from July 4-7, 2024 celebrating its 76th year of celebration with fireworks, fishing, and local vendors.


What’s New in Coastal Mississippi?

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Biloxi is known for delicious craft beers and now, one of their craft breweries has a Certified Master Cicerone…one of only 28 in the world!

Fly Llama Brewing: 

Fly Llama Brewing in Biloxi is known for delicious craft beer and refreshing hard seltzers made from local ingredients is proud to announce that owner and brewmaster, David Reese, is now a Certified Master Cicerone. This prestigious title, which translates to “a guide of the beer world,” has only been awarded to 28 individuals globally.

Chandeleur Island Brewing Company: 

In addition to a phenomenal lineup of craft beers, Chandeleur Island Brewing Co. now has the perfect way to stay hydrated on your next summer outing. Chandy Turbo Water is filtered and ionized using the highest-grade titanium and platinum plates. These charged plates create electrolyzed alkaline water with a 9.8+pH! It’s just the thing for your next boat, beach, or kayak outing.

Eleven Ocean Springs

Eleven Ocean Springs features elevated cocktails that pay homage to the long tradition of southern cocktail consumption. They honor the State of Mississippi with their craft cocktails, also serving tried-and-true classics, from their special Mississippi Punch to a Summer Daze Old Fashioned and various Martini offerings.

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Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum

Explore over 300 years of Coastal Mississippi’s rich seafood history at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum. Artifacts on display walk visitors through the history, heritage and culture, from hurricane exhibits to boating innovations and ideas that impacted the seafood industry and more, visitors can explore on their own or take a guided tour.

The Coast Transit Authority (CTA) Gulfport Tram Bridge: 

The new 1,100-foot tramway and pedestrian bridge provides a safe, direct connection from the CTA Gulfport Transit Center and Mississippi Aquarium across highway 90 to Jones Park. In addition to being ADA accessible and open to pedestrian/bicycle traffic, the bridge accommodates a tram trolley that operates every 15 minutes with four stops between the Gulfport Transit Hub and Jones Park.

Wild Explorer at The Mississippi Aquarium:

New virtual reality experience at The Mississippi Aquarium, features a thrilling 360˚ 3D adventure that allows visitors to experience the action of different wildlife habitats from the comfort of a headset. Guests can choose to dive the depths of the Ocean with Shark Dive or run through the jungle with Gorillas in Gorilla Trek.

What’s Next for Independence Day in Coastal Mississippi?

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You can plan the best Independece Day in Coastal Mississippi and then find even more to enjoy.

Whether you’re going for the 4th of July or another time of the year, Coastal Mississippi has plenty to keep you busy. Please share your favorite place in Coastal Mississippi! We’d love to add it to our travel list.

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