The Skyway Express–Jacksonville’s elevated people mover system–is free for all riders. The 2.5 mile automated transit line goes from downtown to the Prime Osborn Convention Center and across the St. Johns River to San Marco. The line stops near the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), making it a great way to entertain the kids on a weekday excursion.
St. Augustine’s free summer music series, Concerts in the Plaza, continues Thursday, July 11, featuring the popular southern blues band The Falling Bones. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Plaza de la Constitucion. Bring lawn chairs for seating and a picnic if you like, however alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Stars and Stripes at the Seawalk goes on from Noon to 10 p.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion on July 4. There will be food vendors and family activities, plus live music and entertainment. The Jacksonville Beach fireworks over the ocean begins at 9 p.m.
Pull out that old checkered tablecloth and pack a cooler. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 4, the Shoppes of Avondale are sponsoring a free Community Picnic on July 4 at Boone Park. Later in the day, you can wander down to the Riverside Arts Market under the Fuller Warren Bridge and grab a locally-brewed beer, buy prepared food from local vendors and watch live entertainment. The party starts at 6 p.m. and goes on until 9:45 p.m., when all eyes will turn toward the St. Johns River and the City of Jacksonville’s Fireworks Spectacular.
This weekend, the Jacksonville Humane Society will be offering free adoptions to active duty military, EMTs, firefighters and police officers. All others can adopt pets for half price. The promotion goes on July 4-7. Adopted pets come spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and ready to love.
Get a jump on Independence Day fireworks and take in a baseball game at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Suns play the Pennsylvania Wahoos at 7:05 p.m. and after the game, fans will be treated to the Suns’ biggest fireworks display of the season. The fireworks, and a Military Appreciation Night jersey auction, are included in the regular admission.
Riverside Arts Market is hosting the annual Local Author Expo this Saturday, June 29. More than 30 authors will be meeting and greeting fans and signing books. Several will be doing readings throughout the day. The market–with many vendors and a juried art show–is bustling every Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m. Come out to the plaza under the Fuller Warren Bridge for live entertainment, crafts, artists, gourmet packaged foods and onsite refreshments. Definitely make it a point to stop at the food court. The free fun goes on from until 4 p.m.