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This is a community information blog updated by the Public Relations Specialist on a weekly basis.  Get the latest information from the City of Cocoa including events, news, updates, etc. 

 

 


Jun 30

Cocoa's July 4th Celebration

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 10:54 AM by Samantha Senger

July 4th

Each July 4th the cities of Cocoa and Rockledge celebrate the Independence Day Holiday with a free concert from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and a beautiful fireworks display over the Indian River.  Thousands gather to celebrate this holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring freedom from Great Britain. We are quite lucky to have such a fantastic show, which makes Cocoa's July 4th celebration the premier Independence Day Celebration along the Space Coast.  

July 4th
For the last six years, we have partnered with two other Space Coast shows to bring you three days of fireworks along the Space Coast, Smoke on the Water and Fire in the Sky.  (http://www.visitspacecoast.com/event/smoke-on-the-water-&-fire-in-the-sky/16359/)  This fantastic partnership brings you three days of fireworks displays along the Space Coast with the first show in Port Canaveral on July 2nd, then a show along the beaches in Cocoa Beach on July 3rd and the finale, fireworks over the Indian River in Cocoa Village on July 4th.

July 4th 

Thousands of people come to Riverfront Park each year to watch a free concert by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra as they play along with the beautiful fireworks display over the Indian River.  The concert begins at 8pm and the fireworks begin at 9:15pm. 

This year there will be plenty to do in the park prior to the show and fireworks, so come early to reserve your spot.  Beginning at 11:30am, Cocoa Main Street will be hosting a Shrimp Boil and Pie Show.  This unique event allows you to sample some awesome food and award winning pies.  Then beginning at noon, the kids play area will open which will have bounce houses and slides.  Food vendors and Magic Dove balloon artists will begin at 4pm.  Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs!

Shrimp Boil

I have been attending the July 4th celebration in Riverfront Park for many years and I recommend getting there early to reserve your spot as space goes fast!  This is the premier event for a reason!  So enjoy your Independence Day holiday weekend and remember come out early to the park to reserve your space and enjoy all of the early festivities in the park! 

Cocoa's July 4th Celebration FAQ's:
  1. When should I arrive to find a spot to view the concert and fireworks?  I would recommend arriving around 11:30am to reserve your space and enjoy the Shrimp Boil and Pie Show hosted by Cocoa Main Street.
  2. What time does the Brevard Symphony Orchestra concert begin?  The concert begins at 8pm.
  3. What time do the fireworks begin and how long do they last?  The fireworks display over the Indian River begins at 9:15pm and usually last about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Where can I find parking?  All along the streets in Cocoa Village and the municipal parking lots will offer free parking.  
  5. Can I bring my pet with me to this event?  Even though Cocoa Village is a pet friendly community, we do not recommend bringing your animals to this event due to the amount of people in attendance.  Thousands of people will be at this event and some pets do not like large crowds or loud fireworks.  So for this event, leave your pet at home.  Service animals are always welcome.
  6. Can I bring alcohol to the park?  NO.  Alcohol is not permitted at this event and there will be Cocoa Police patrolling the event.  There are several bars and restaurants throughout the Village that you can patron for an alcoholic beverage.
  7. Will there be food available at this event?  There will be food vendors set up at the event where you can purchase food beginning at 4pm.  
  8. What happens if it rains?  The show will typically go on unless it is raining pretty bad or there are severe weather threats.  The Orchestra is covered but their equipment cannot get wet, so they will play depending on the direction of the rain.  The fireworks cannot be shot with high winds and rain.  Keep an eye on the city's Facebook and Twitter page to get up to the minute weather notifications if needed.
  9. Is there special assistance for individuals with disabilities?  If you need special assistance based on a disability, contact Lisa Moody, Leisure Services Manager at lmoody@cocoafl.org or (321) 635-7701 and she will try and assist you as best she can.
  10. Can I fly my drone to capture video of the event?  Drones and aerial photography systems are not allowed without prior authorization.  Contact Lisa Moody, Leisure Services Manager at lmoody@cocoafl.org for more information. 
  11. Will I be able to sit on the boardwalk in Riverfront Park to view the fireworks and concert?  Yes, but the boardwalk will close and be cleared out at 4:30pm in Riverfront Park. Wristbands will then be distributed on a first-come-first served basis beginning at 5pm at no extra cost to those wanting to sit on the boardwalk.  For safety reasons, only 500 people will be permitted to be on the boardwalk at one time.
  12. Will I be able to get into Lee Wenner park on the 4th of July?  Lee Wenner Park will be closed beginning at 10am on Friday, July 3rd through midnight on July 4th.  The entire park including the boat ramps and parking spaces will be off limits.  DO NOT launch your boat and park overnight.  All vehicles left in the park after 10am on Friday the 3rd will be towed at the owners expense.  
  13. Can I bring a pop-up tent? Yes.
  14. Can I bring fireworks to set myself?  No personal fireworks, or flaming batons will be permitted at the event.  If you have them, Cocoa Police will confiscate.  
  15. Are there any street closures associated with the event?  Yes, Harrison Street from Delannoy Ave. to Riveredge Blvd. will be closed beginning at 10am.
  16. Will I be able to reach Leisure Services on the 4th of July with any questions regarding the event?  Staff will be out and about getting the event set-up and ready to go.  They will check messages from time to time but the best way to reach Leisure Services that day will be by e-mail at lmoody@cocoafl.org.  
Did we miss a question?  Post your question in the comments section and we will get it answered right away!
Jun 25

Summer Fun in Cocoa

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 9:50 AM by Samantha Senger

Cocoa has a number of fun things to do this summer.  Don't miss our list of the top ten things to take advantage of this summer in the City of Cocoa.

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Oct 06

Happy New Year!

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM by Samantha Senger

It's the start of a new fiscal year here in the City of Cocoa.  Council adopted the budget at the last budget hearing in September and the fiscal year officially began October 1st. 

As I have stated in my previous blogs, the City of Cocoa is in the process of a strategic planning initiative.  Back in May, Council, staff and the community identified seven key strategic issues facing the City of Cocoa; Crime, Image, Economic Development, Employees, Financial Stability, Community Development, and Public Safety.  In the coming months, staff will be working with Council and the community to form committees and ideas on ways to tackle these issues.

Staff has already implemented some initiatives to improve the image of Cocoa.  You may have noticed over the past few months, the City of Cocoa has been using an updated logo and branding.  This new brand is being incorporated throughout the City.  You will see this on new business cards, coming out soon on our website, utilized in event flyers and more.  The entire City will identify with one brand and we will be working to unify the City image department and City wide.  
New City Logo 

We are also working on the entry points to the City.  We want to welcome residents and tourists alike as they enter our City and identify that they are in our City.  You may have noticed the four corners of US1 and SR520.  These signs are backlit so they can be seen at night as well. 
US1 Signs

Council just recently approved a design for welcome signs as well that incorporate the new logo and brand.  This will unify all of the signage throughout the City into one.  The signs are made of cedar and will come in various sizes depending on the speed limit of the road.  Keep an eye out for these signs coming soon!
Welcome Sign

So keep an eye on the City of Cocoa as we work on this strategic planning effort.  We need the citizens and the community to be part of this ongoing process.  Many of these strategic issues that were identified are dependent on one another.  So this process will take time but we need to work together as a community to move Cocoa forward!  

If you are interested in participating in any future strategic planning efforts by the City, please e-mail me at ssenger@cocoafl.org.