4th of July 2019 in St. Augustine
Join us in celebrating our nation’s independence in the Nation’s Oldest City.
Fireworks over the Matanzas begin at 9:30 pm.
Starting Time: 9:30 pm
Where: Barge in the Matanzas Bay
Duration: Approximately 20 minutes
The 4th of July in St. Augustine, Florida signals a time to come together and enjoy patriotic fun with family, friends, and the local community. Celebrate America’s birthday with family-friendly events and the endless attractions the City of St. Augustine offers!
St. Augustine has one of the largest firework displays on the East Coast.
Enjoy the reflection of the fireworks in the water as they are set off from a barge in the Matanzas Bay. The spectacular 20-minute display is choreographed to a rousing soundtrack of 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.
Personnel from the St. Augustine Fire Department and the St. Johns County Emergency Medical Services will patrol downtown St. Augustine throughout the evening, staging out of an area at the corner of S. Castillo Dr. and Cuna St. That same area is also equipped with a “cool zone trailer,” a facility allowing those feeling overwhelmed by the heat to rest for a few minutes and avoid heat exhaustion.
Important safety rules that are strictly enforced:
- Alcohol is prohibited on public property including parks, streets, and sidewalks.
- Possession of fireworks that explode or leave the ground is illegal and penalized with the confiscation of the fireworks and a $100.00 citation.
- Sparklers are not allowed on the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos.
Best Viewing Area
Arrive early and spend the day in St. Augustine.
Spend the day enjoying local attractions, restaurants, and many other things to do. You can stroll along St. George street browsing the shops, grab a cold treat, or enjoy a slice of crisp watermelon along the seawall.
The 4th of July concert is from 6 pm to 8 pm.
The 4th of July festivities in St. Augustine officially commence at 6 pm with patriotic big band music under the Gazebo in the Plaza de la Constitución. The concert is performed by the All Star Orchestra; it is free to attend and lasts approximately two hours, ending around 8 pm.
Afterward, walk the short distance to the Bayfront for a prime viewing spot for Fireworks Over the Matanzas. The best and most popular areas for viewing are the grounds surrounding the Castillo de San Marcos, the sidewalk along Bayfront, or the Bridge of Lions. Note: Another popular viewing spot is Vilano Beach.
Free park and ride shuttle service begins at 6 pm.
From 6 pm to 12 am, the City of St. Augustine provides free shuttle service and parking on a first-come-first-serve basis.. Old Town Trolley Tours and Ripley’s Red Train Tours are providing a dozen buses for the shuttle. Riders of the free shuttle are dropped off on the east side of the Bridge of Lions; when riders are ready to head back to their car, they can be picked up at the same location.
Use the shuttle and park for free at the following locations:
- Anastasia Baptist Church: 1650 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080
- St. Augustine Amphitheatre: 1340-C A1A S, St. Augustine FL 32080
- R.B. Hunt Elementary School: 125 Magnolia Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32080
- Note: St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park: 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080
Note: The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is a parking-only location. If you park here, you can gain access to the shuttle at R.B. Hunt Elementary School. Use the lighted crosswalk at Anastasia Blvd. and law enforcement will assist you to cross the road.
Parking in city-owned lots and on-street is free on July 4th, as it is on all national holidays. Additionally, the Historic Downtown Parking Facility located adjacent to the Visitors Information Center is a good place to park as it can fit 1,200 vehicles. The rate is $15 per car per entry or $3 with a ParkNow Card.
Parking in the lot at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is not free and is enforced from 8 am to 5 pm, seven days a week, including federal holidays. Note: There is no access to or from the Castillo’s parking lot from 6 pm to 11 pm on Independence Day.
If arriving by car…
Parking is prohibited all day on the following streets:
- Avenida Menendez, north of the Bridge of Lions
- Cathedral Pl. which borders the Plaza de la Constitucion
Parking will be prohibited after 5 pm:
If arriving by bicycle…
St. Augustine is proud to be a bicycle-friendly city. Click here for a comprehensive list of bicycle racks in downtown St. Augustine. Below are some of the City’s most popular bicycle rack locations:
- Several bike stations are located along the bayfront, north and south of the Bridge of Lions.
- At the Visitor Center, when you enter from San Marco Ave.
- At the southeast corner of the Historic Downtown Parking Facility.
- At the corner of Orange Street and St. George Street.
- Inside of the Toques Place Lot.
- Across from Lewis Auditorium on Granada Street.
If arriving by water…
The Bridge of Lions is closed to marine traffic from 8 pm to 11 pm. Vessels are prohibited in an area north of the Bridge of Lions and water-based law enforcement will patrol Matanzas Bay and notify vessels of the prohibited area. Check out the No Boat Zone map to view the prohibited area.
Traffic rerouting and road closures begin at 8 pm.
In order to make room for every visitor and local who wants to watch the show from a prime viewing location, some roads are closed to vehicular traffic.
- Picolata Rd. between US-1 & San Marco Ave. – 8 pm to 11 pm
- San Carlos between US-1 & San Marco Ave. – 8 pm to 11 pm
- King St. will have two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane, west of MLK Blvd. – 8 pm to 11:30 pm
- There is no east bound traffic on W. Castillo from US-1 to N. Cordova – 8 pm to 11:30 pm
- Cordova St. will be closed from Orange St. to the entrance to the Historic Downtown Parking Facility – 8 pm to 11 pm
- King St. will have one westbound lane and one eastbound lane, east of MLK Blvd. up to Avenida Menendez
Traffic Exit Routes
- Bridge of Lions will not open to vehicles until 11:00 pm
- King St., 1-lane eastbound, 2-lanes westbound to U.S. 1
- W. Castillo Dr., two lanes westbound to U.S. 1
- I-95 Northbound traffic should use U.S. 1 North to International Golf Pkwy to avoid S.R. 16 traffic
Avoid traffic after the fireworks
After the fireworks, stick around. Take advantage of the businesses that have extended hours; stroll through the gift shops, find live music to listen to, grab a drink or bite to eat at the many restaurants or one of St. Augustine’s night life establishments.