JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The banks of the St. Johns River will swell with patriotic pride Thursday night as the city hosts its annual tradition, Jacksonville's Fireworks Spectacular.

Thousands are expected to crowd along the river for a fireworks display that will commemorate the nation's 237th birthday and salute the United States' armed forces.

Pyro Shows of La Follette, Tenn., will conduct a 12-minute fireworks show firing 2,500 pounds of explosives from two barges in an electronically choreographed program featuring patriotic music.

You can watch the downtown fireworks show during a special presentation on Channel 4, The Local Station, starting at 8 p.m.

The broadcast will also show fireworks shows in Jacksonville Beach, Orange Park and St. Augustine starting at 9 p.m.

Along with the fireworks, the program will be special performances from the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

Channel 4 meteorologist Richard Nunn is cooking up some Culinary Nunnsense for your holiday barbeque.

We will also unveil the winner of our Military Hero contest, as well as how you can enter for a chance to win a brand new iPad Mini by downloading our overhauled News4Jax app.  One you have the app visit the contest page, get the secret word and follow the link to enter.