It can be a challenge to find the perfect event for people looking to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. But News4Jax wants to help local residents have a wonderful Independence Day celebration.
On Saturday, communities from Green Cove Springs to Brunswick celebrate America's birthday with special events.
Jacksonville Celebrates Independence Day events isn't limited to the 9:45 p.m. fireworks display over the St. Johns River. Activeies a theShipyards on Bay Street cranks up at 5 p.m. with live entertainment, family-friendly games, face painting, caricature artists and BBQ. (No cooler or outside food allowed.)
The Jacksonville Landing has live music from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday. There's also plenty of viewing along Coastline Drive and at Friendship Fountain Park on the Southbank.
Note: The fireworks from downtown, Jacksonville Beach, Orange Park and St. Augustine
will be shown as part of Channel 4's Firework's Spectacular broadcast, from, 8-10 p.m.
For those heading to downtown venues, the JTA Skyway service run until midnight, and it's always free.
The Main Street and Acosta bridges will be closed from about 30 minutes before the fireworks show until after the smoke clears. The Fuller Warren Bridge, Hart and Matthews bridges will remain open during the show.
Hogan Street from Water Street to the St. Johns River and Coastline Drive from the Landing to Newnan Street will be closed to vehicles from 7 a.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday.
The Jacksonville Beach fireworks display begins at 9 p.m., set off near the pier. Some roads between Third and First close to vehicles after 5 p.m. After the fireworks, A1A will have turning lanes blocked and Beach Boulevard will have limitations at various intersections, so follow the traffic officer's directions or any detour signs.
Other celebrations around northeast Florida
What: All Star Orchestra concert and Fireworks Over the Matanzas show (More information)
When: Concert starts at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30.
Where: Concert at the Plaza de la Constitución. Best view of fireworks will be along the bayfront between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions.
What: Hometown All-American Fourth of July Celebration
When: 6-9:45 p.m. (Parade at 6; concert at 8:45; fireworks at 9:30)
Where: Centre Street, followed by fireworks over Fernandina Harbor
What: American Pride Fourth of July event and fireworks
When: 2 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Moosehaven, 1701 Park Avenue
What: Independence Day Parade (More information)
When: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Blanding Boulevard
What: 5K run, parade, arts and crafts, fireworks at sundown (More information)
When: 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $1 armband required
What: 4th of July Celebration
When: 5 to 9:15 p.m. (Fireworks at dusk)
Where: Waterfront Park in downtown Palatka
What: July 4th Celebration
When: 5-9:15 p.m.; fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
Where: Columbia County Fairgrounds
Celebrations around southeast Georgia
What: Fireworks, music, live entertainment, food and activities for the family, sponsored by the Waycross Jaycees
When: Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., but show up early to to enjoy the entertainment.
Where: Memorial Stadium, located on U.S. 1 and Memorial Drive, but can be seen from almost anywhere in town.
What: Fireworks begin at dusk over the East River
When: Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration begins at 7 p.m.
Where: Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Historic Downtown Brunswick
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Fireworks will be launched from Great Dunes Gold Course, 101 N. Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, including the adjacent beach just north of the Convention Center.
Cost: $6 parking fee is required to enter Jekyll Island
What: Celebration and fireworks
When: Events begin with parade at 10 a.m. and continue through fireworks over the St. Marys River at dusk.
Where: Downtown at the waterfront