KEY LARGO, FLA – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners are thrilled to announce the third bicentennial event of the year, which will include a picnic and fireworks display on June 17 at Rowell’s Park in Key Largo. As we commemorate two centuries of history, this picnic promises to be an unforgettable experience for the whole community.

The Monroe County Bicentennial Picnic and Fireworks will kick off at 6 p.m., offering an evening filled with excitement, entertainment, and family-friendly fun. The event will showcase a magnificent fireworks display illuminating the night sky with mesmerizing colors and patterns starting around 9:15 p.m.. Attendees will witness a visual spectacle that reflects the rich heritage and vibrant spirit of Monroe County.

In addition to the fireworks celebration, the picnic will feature musical performances by two outstanding bands. The U.S. Navy Band, Pride, known for its electrifying energy, will take the stage to deliver an unforgettable show. Their blend of rock, pop, and soul will have attendees dancing and singing along throughout the evening. Joining them will be the locally loved Mangrove Swamp Band, renowned for its unique fusion of blues, country, and rockabilly. Their toe-tapping tunes and infectious energy will keep the crowd entertained and in high spirits.

The event is free for all. As part of the festivities, a wide range of fun family activities and entertainment options will be available, ensuring every family member can find something enjoyable to participate in, including various interactive games, face painting, and inflatable bounce houses. There will be complimentary hotdogs served by Monroe County Fire Rescue firefighters and mini cupcakes for attendees.

In addition, other food vendors will be available for a charge, offering delicious local cuisine. The American Legion will be serving beer and wine for a fee.

“We are thrilled to celebrate two hundred years of Monroe County’s rich history with the entire community,” said Mayor Pro Tem Holly Merrill Raschein. “This event promises to be an unforgettable evening, filled with entertainment, camaraderie, and a reflection on our 200 years of accomplishments.”

For more information about the Monroe County Bicentennial Picnic, including the event schedule and any updates, please visit the official website at or like the event on the Monroe County BOCC Facebook page. There will be no parking available at Rowell’s Park. Free parking will be available at Key Largo School with shuttle service.

Past 200-year celebrations included a March concert and drone show in Key West and a sunset celebration on the Old 7 Mile Bridge in May. The 200-year festivities culminate with the July 3rd fireworks and laser light show in conjunction with Lower Keys Rotary at Big Pine Key Community Park, where the commissioners will attempt to regain the title of having the largest key lime pie for Monroe County. Monroe County, which at the time included the entirety of South Florida from Lake Okeechobee south to Key West, was admitted to the Florida territory on July 3, 1823.

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