4th of July 2017 in St. Augustine
4th of July 2017
The 4th of July holiday signals a time to come together and enjoy patriotic fun with the entire family. Celebrate America’s birthday in St. Augustine with family-friendly events and the endless attractions the City has to offer!
If the Nights of Lights is marked off your bucket list, then add this to it...Independence Day in the Old City. Walk down St. George Street, browse in the many shops, have cool and crisp watermelon on a bayfront picnic, and top-it-off with clear night skies filled with over 5,000 shells of twinkling fireworks of every shade and hue over the Matanzas River.
Make St. Augustine your destination for 4th of July "Fireworks Over the Matanzas".
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Arrive early...there is plenty to do
Starting at 6:30pm on the Plaza de la Constitución, enjoy the big band sound of the All Star Orchestra as they perform from the Gazebo. Bring your lounge chair or mingle with the crowd to hear swing, big band, and patriotic songs. The concert is free and runs from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.
Rerouting of traffic will begin at 8:30pm and there will be no traffic on the Bridge of Lions, Avenida Menendez, and South Castillo Drive. This will make more room for the large crowds wanting to observe the fireworks event from these prime locations.
The Historic Downtown Parking Facility located at the Visitors Information center is a good place to start your adventure as a parking location. The rate is $12 per car per entry or $3 for Park Now Card.
Parking in city owned lots and on-street is free on July 4th, as it is on all national holidays, with the largest concentration of surface parking located on Granada Street behind the Lightner Building. Also, there will be no access to or from the parking lot of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument from 6:00pm until approximately 11:00pm.
Bicycle may be the best way to get around and parking locations are located throughout the downtown making it easy to secure and keep your bike safe.
Fireworks over the Matanzas
Starting Time: 9:30pm
Where: Barge in the Matanzas Bay
Duration: Approximately 20 minutes
The Nation's Oldest City has one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast. Enjoy the reflection of the fireworks as they are set off from a barge in the Matanzas Bay. The spectacular 20-minute display is choreographed to a rousing soundtrack of great popular and patriotic music delivered over an extensive sound system transforming the entire Bayfront between the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the Bridge of Lions.
Enjoy the 4th of July Celebration and have a summer that will excite and entertain all ages and live history in a city that has much more to offer in a family-friendly outdoor atmosphere.
Avoid traffic after the fireworks
After the fireworks, avoid waiting in all that traffic. Take advantage of the businesses that have extended hours; stroll through the gift shops, find some music to listen to, or grab a drink or bite to eat at the restaurants.
Two important safety rules that will be strictly enforced:
• Alcohol is prohibited on public property, including parks, streets and sidewalks; and
• Possession of fireworks that explode or leave the ground is illegal and those found with such fireworks will have prohibited fireworks confiscated and be subject to $100 citation or arrest.
Fireworks Begin at 9:30pm
Rerouting of traffic will begin at 8:30pm
• The Bridge of Lions is closed to all vehicular and boat traffic
• S. Castillo Dr. and Avenida Menendez north of the Bridge of Lions
• Cathedral Pl. from Avenida Menendez to St. George St.
• Orange St. from S. Castillo Dr. to Ponce de Leon Blvd. (U.S.1) EMERGENCY TRAFFIC ONLY
There will be no access to or from the parking lot of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument from 6:00pm until approximately 11:00pm.
Parking in city owned lots and on-street is FREE on July 4th. Parking is limited.
• The Historic Downtown Parking Facility
The rate is $12 per car per entry; $3 for Park Now Card