Fourth of July festivities guide


Tuesday, July 3


Jumbo Shrimp Independence Day Picnic

Bring family and friends down to the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 for an all-you-can-eat picnic as part of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s Independence Day Celebration. For $20 a person, Jumbo Shrimp fans can enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, cole slaw, beans, cookies, tea, lemonade and water, and will also receive a reserved seat for the 7:05 p.m. game. The first 2,000 fans to arrive will receive a free Jumbo Shrimp patriotic cap, and there will also be a hot-dog-eating contest and fireworks following the game. Reservation space is limited. For more information, call (904) 358-2846 or visit


Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day


City of Jacksonville Beach Fourth of July Fireworks

Looking for a laid-back atmosphere in which to celebrate America’s birthday? Grab some chairs and head over to Jacksonville Beach to view the city’s annual fireworks display at the fishing pier. The show is free to view and will begin at 9 p.m.


Fireworks Over the Matanzas

The City of St. Augustine will begin its annual “Fireworks Over the Matanzas” Independence Day celebration at 6 p.m. with a two-hour big band concert featuring The All Star Orchestra. Bring a chair down to the Plaza de la Constitución to listen and enjoy in comfort before viewing a spectacular, 20-minute fireworks display over Matanzas Bay. Choreographed to a medley of patriotic hits, the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Due to limited parking, visitors are encouraged to arrive early and utilize the Historic Downtown parking garage. A free shuttle will also be available from 6 p.m. to midnight on Anastasia Island.

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Nocatee Festivities

The Nocatee community will hold multiple events as part of its annual Fourth of July Celebration, starting with a two-hour Freedom Paddle from 8 to 10 a.m. around the Intracoastal Waterway, hosted by Black Creek Outfitters. Participants will take off from the Nocatee Kayak Launch by the Palm Valley Bridge, and they either can bring their own kayaks and paddleboards, or they can rent them through Black Creek Outfitters.

At 11 a.m., the Nocatee Golf Cart Parade will begin, starting at the Swim Club Green. Prizes will be awarded in three categories, so decorate a golf cart and join in the fun before heading over to the Splash Water Park (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) to partake in the many festivities that will be going on there, including live music, food trucks and bounce houses.

For more information, call (904) 924-6863.


Fernandina’s Hometown All-American Fourth of July Celebration

Join in Fernandina Beach’s annual Fourth of July celebration starting at 5 p.m. on July 4. With live music, vendors, a kids’ zone and patriotic contests for pie eating, the most patriotic pet and the most patriotic bicycle, partygoers of all ages are sure to enjoy the festivities. The evening’s events will be capped off by a fireworks display at 9 p.m.


Jacksonville’s Fourth of July Celebration

The City of Jacksonville’s annual Fourth of July celebration will take place between 5 and 10 p.m. downtown. Throughout the evening, various restaurants will be offering food and drink specials, and Jacksonville Landing will host a free “Red, Hot and Boom!” concert featuring artists Lauv, Jack & Jack and In Real Life.

The Riverside Arts Market will also host its annual fireworks viewing party starting at 6 p.m. under the Fuller Warren Bridge, which will include live music, beer, kid-friendly activities and, of course, the City of Jacksonville’s fireworks display, which will be launched from both the Acosta Bridge and a barge on the St. Johns River at 9:45 p.m.