Area events celebrate Independence Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Communities across northeast Florida and southeast Georgia are holding events to honor the nation's birthday.

We've pulled a list of many of the events. You would know of others, please follow the "Add event" link on the News4Jax community calendar or send details in an email to newstips@wjxt.com.

If you can't get out to celebrate or see fireworks in your area, watch the Jacksonville Fireworks Spectacular broadcast from 8-10 p.m. on Channel 4, The Local Station. Tuesday hosted by Kent Justice and Mary Baer, which honors local veterans, celebrates our nation's history and finishes off with uninterrupted coverage of the fireworks display over the St. Johns River.

St. Johns County

Downtown St. Augustine
Time: 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4
The celebration in the nation's oldest city begins with big band and swing music and patriotic favorites in the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitución. A 20-minutes choreographed fireworks show over the Matanzas Bay between the Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions begins a 9:30 p.m. (Many shops and restaurants will stay open late for those wanting to stay after the light show to avoid the traffic.)
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Fireworks over the St. Johns River
Time: 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 4
The annual 4th of July Celebration Downtown has fireworks visible from either side of the St. Johns River. Jacksonville Landing will be hosting live music throughout the evening. The main downtown fireworks begin at 9:45 pm. Acosta Bridge and Main Street Bridge will be closed from 9:15 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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Jacksonville Beaches
Time: 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4
The Fourth of July Liberty Fest at the Seawalk Pavilion builds to a fireworks display at the Jacksonville Beach Pier.

Riverside Arts Market
Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4
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Clay County

Orange Park
Moosehaven American Pride 4th of July
Time: 2 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4; Fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m.
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Keystone Heights
Keystone Beach opens at 4 p.m., with music starting at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.  An armband to get on the beach costs $1 and they are sold from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 4.
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Nassau County

Amelia Island
Hometown All-American 4th of July Celebration
Time: 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4
The fireworks take place at the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina
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Amelia Island Ritz Carlton
Red, White and Deep Blue Celebration
Time: 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 4
Tickets are $99 for adults and $29 for children ages 5-12.
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Columbia County

Lake City/Columbia County Fairgrounds 
Time: 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 4
"The best fireworks display in Northeast Florida"
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St. Marys
49th Annual Independence Day Festival
Time: "After dark" Tuesday, July 4
The fireworks display at St. Marys waterfront park.
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St. Simon’s Island
4th of July Sunshine Festival
Time: 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4
Fireworks cap off a day with a 5k, one-mile fun runs, a golf cart parade and live music.
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Jekyll Island Independence Day Celebration
Time: About 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4
People are asked to arrive early. The fireworks are best viewed from the beach, between the Holiday Inn Resort and the Days Inn on the island's oceanfront side.
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Brunswick's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Time: 9 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4
Free games, watermelon and more at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in downtown Brunswick. The fireworks take place over the East River and Oglethorpe Bay.
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