Amelia Island to host Fourth festivities


There may be no better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Amelia Island, where friends and family gather to enjoy long summer days and a sizzling selection of star-spangled festivities. This year, Amelia Island has a variety of options for locals and travelers alike, including free fireworks displays and several premier events at the Omni Amelia Island Resort and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

Hometown Fourth of July Fireworks Show — The island’s most popular celebration is the free fireworks show in downtown Fernandina Beach along the harbor front on July 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. Past and present collide with small town charm, creating a stunning setting along the Amelia River. The evening includes a DJ, food trucks and fun options for the whole family. Fireworks launch at approximately 9 p.m. Information available online.

Omni Amelia Island Resort — This award-winning resort has a nonstop lineup of fun activities for guests to enjoy all weekend long, including the signature Party on the Pool Deck with Fireworks (July 4), unique Golf Cart Parade (July 4), Build Your Own Boat event (July 4 and 6), Mini Golf Tournament (July 5) and Red, White and Blue Bash (July 6). Open to the public, fitness-focused fun includes the Treat Yourself Spa special (July 4-6) and Firecracker 5K (July 6). Go to for more information and to book online.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island — Check in to this five-diamond luxury resort to check out three delicious weekend festivities. The Red, White and Deep Blue Celebration (July 4) is a spectacular barbecue featuring lawn and carnival-style games, a generous barbecue buffet, and dazzling fireworks show. The resort is also hosting Holy City Hogs Pitmaster Tank Jackson Unlocks the Secrets of Slow Roast BBQ (July 5) with their very own Executive Chef Garrett Gooch to demonstrate slow roasting techniques, and the Holy City Hogs Barbecue Party (July 6), an al fresco event featuring a slow roasted whole hog, local craft beer and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more and book online at

Residents and visitors alike are invited to celebrate the Fourth of July on Amelia Island. Along with an award-winning collection of resorts, hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, Amelia Island is also home to oceanfront vacation rental properties that are perfect for big groups and families. Go to to explore options and book a stay.