5 Things To Do On July 4th
By Charles White | Contributor
Jacksonville Beach, 9 p.m.
After being cancelled in 2012, the fireworks made its return the next year and continues on. Based near the pier, the fireworks can be seen up and down the beach, from Atlantic to Ponte Vedra. Live music and food trucks will be around throughout the day leading up to the show.
St. Johns River, 9:45 p.m.
The fireworks will be launched from two barges on the St. Johns River. You can view them from either the Northbank or Southbank. The show will be choreographed to a special soundtrack for Independence Day. Starting 5 p.m. at The Shipyards on Bay Street, there will be live entertainment and barbeque to go along with events like a water balloon toss and three-legged race.
Orange Park, 9 p.m.
The fireworks start at 9 p.m., but from 2 p.m. until then, there will be bounce houses, water slides, live music, entertainment and food trucks. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until the fireworks. It’s free for all military, including friends and family. You can register at www.moosehaven.org.
St. Augustine, 9 p.m.
The 2015 Fireworks and Concert in St. Augustine starts at 6 p.m. and features local music leading up to the fireworks. The event is in historic downtown St. Augustine, and the best places to watch are from the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos. There is also an option to watch from the top of the Lighthouse.
Amelia Island, 9:15 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is hosting the red, white and deep blue. Starting at 7 p.m., they will have an all-American barbeque with chilled seafood, bistro steak, fresh local fish and shrimp, burgers, salads and a dessert bar. Live music and games will take place until the fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.