LIST: Here's where you can celebrate the Fourth of July


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

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


Fairways Forest community 4th of July Parade
Time: 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 4
Parade will step off from Lenczyk Drive and Rela Lane and weave 1.7 miles through the community. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Color Guard will lead active and retired military personnel as they march in this year’s event. A fire truck and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police car will head the parade. The parade also includes cars, as well as families with bicycles dressed out in red, white, and blue and concludes on Hoover Lane with a community picnic. This is the 18th year that the Fairways Forest Homeowners Association has hosted the annual event.

Red, Hot and Boom at the Jacksonville Landing
Time: 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
The evening will feature music of Lauv, In Real Life, and Jack & Jack, as well as a DJ and fireworks at 9:45 p.m.  All persons must be 18 years of age or older to enter The Jacksonville Landing. Children are welcome with a parent and must stay with the parent at all times. Entrance and all events are free.
Much of event will be televised on WJXT, The Local Station.
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Jacksonville Beaches
Time: 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
The city of Jacksonville Beach’s Fourth of July Fireworks will be set off near the Jacksonville Beach Pier, perfect for viewing from anywhere in Jacksonville’s Atlantic Coast. There'll be live music, food and specialty cocktails at Beaches Town Center, which includes Neptune and Atlantic beaches. In Jacksonville Beach, pack a picnic and relax at the SeaWalk Pavilion or find the perfect spot on the sand and enjoy the waves. [Information on traffic, parking, safety from Jacksonville Beach police]

Riverside Arts Market
Time: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
Bring the family down for a good time with some of your favorite foodies from Riverside Arts Market. There will be live music, beer, kids activities and a good view of Jacksonville's fireworks show over the St. Johns River.

St. Johns County

Fireworks over the Matanzas - Downtown St. Augustine
Time: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
Music begins in The Plaza de la Constitucion begins at 6 p.m. (Bring lounge chairs for seating). The fireworks over Matanzas Bay starting begin at 9:30 p.m.
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Clay County

Orange Park Mall Freedom Festival
Time: 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, June 30
Music, bounce houses, rock wall, food trucks, games, fireworks

Middleburg Independence Day Parade
Time: 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4
The 2018 Theme is Stars and Stripes 4 Ever. Parade is viewed from Advanced Auto to Palmetto Street. Watch from northbound sidewalks only. 

Annual American Pride 4th of July at Moosehaven
Time: 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
Moosehaven brings families together on the banks of the St. Johns. Visitors enjoy warm summer breezes and live southern entertainment to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks on the Moosehaven campus. 

Nassau County

Fernandina Beach's Hometown All-American 4th of July Celebration
Time: 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4th
Join Light Up Amelia for a fun, family-friendly 4th of July celebration in downtown Fernandina Beach. There will be live music, vendors, kids zone, contests and, of course, fireworks.

Columbia County

Lake City/Columbia County Fairgrounds 
Time: 6-9:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
Celebrate 4th of July with a bang at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Live entertainment, vendors, food, kids activities and much more go on throughout the event. In the evening, the annual fireworks show kicks off. Bring a blanket our lawn chair and lay back as you celebrate America's independence.


Historic St. Marys 2018 Independence Day Festival
Time: Noon-9:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
The Kiwanis Annual Fourth of July celebration offers hometown charm plus a parade and fireworks over the St. Marys River. Other activities include a 5k, 10k, fun run, arts & crafts vendors, entertainment throughout the day and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Jekyll Island Independence Day Parade
Time: 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4
People decorate their bikes, golf carts, strollers and pets and join in on the fun. Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the parade. Participation in the parade is free, and everyone is welcome to participate. The procession will line up behind the Jekyll Island Museum.

Red, White, and Bounce in Jekyll Island
Time: Noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
Fun filled day of water slides, bounce houses, sidewalk sales  and live music on the Village Green.

Brunswick's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Time: 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
Happy kids and adults come together for Brunswick's Old Fashioned 4th of July complete with free games, watermelon and fireworks at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart of Historic Downtown Brunswick. The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and feature organized and supervised classic games like sack races, tug-of-wars, horseshoes, various ball games, hula-hoop contests and more. Brunswick's fireworks over the waters of the East River and Oglethorpe Bay start about 9 p.m.