Our nation’s Independence Day is right around the corner. Are you scoping out the best spot for fireworks yet? Jacksonville and the surrounding areas have several options for celebrating. Check out our list of fireworks displays, as well as additional 4th of July festivities.
The City of Jacksonville’s traditional Fireworks on the St. Johns River provides plenty of good viewing on both the North and South Riverbanks. The show begins at 9:45 p.m., however, beginning at 5 p.m., there’s family fun with live music, food and activities for all ages. Head out early to secure a prime viewing spot at The Landing, the Riverwalk or Friendship Fountain.
If you’d rather watch fireworks by the sea, the Jacksonville Beach display begins at 9 p.m. on July 4 and can be seen from Atlantic Beach to South Jax Beach. These fireworks are shot from the Jacksonville Beach Pier.
St. Augustine presents Fireworks Over the Matanzas, planning a celebration befitting the nation’s oldest city: The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m., however holiday festivities occur from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Make a FREE night of it by bringing lawn chairs or blankets and grab a spot on the lawn of the Castillo de San Marcos. Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy a two-hour musical performance of big band, swing and patriotic music by the All-Star Orchestra.
For those who want an additional night of fireworks, the World Golf Village in northern St. Johns County displays a large fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. on July 3. Parking costs $10 inside the WGV, however if you arrive early enough, there is ample parking on the street for FREE.
On Amelia Island, you can party with the kids at the Hometown All-American 4th of July Celebration, at the Harbor Marina in Fernandina Beach, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy food trucks, bounce houses and live music. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
4th of July Festivities:
- The Jacksonville Zoo offers BOGO FREE general admission tickets from July 2-4.
- The MOSH (Museum of Science and History) offers $4 admission all day on July 4.
- The Riverside Arts Market hosts its annual Independence Day Celebration from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. FREE live music and FREE parking at this location.
World Golf Village
Castillo de San Marcos
Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina