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County-by-county: Best spots to see 4th of July fireworks

Light up your Independence Day!

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Independence Day usually consists of cookouts, friends, family and perfect weather. 

But the Fourth of July wouldn't be complete without a spectacular fireworks show. 

There are several prime locations, all of which offer something a little different, to watch bright lights in the sky. 

We have a county-by-county list of all the best spots to watch fireworks this Independence Day. 

     DUVAL COUNTY 

  • July 4th Fireworks at the Jacksonville Landing: The St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville will put on a firework show from 5 - 10 p.m. The main downtown fireworks will begin at 9:45 pm. You can also see the display from the Riverwalk or near Friendship Fountain. Other rooftop restaurants will have a beautiful view. 
  • Jacksonville Beach: Pick a spot on the beach and look up! The annual 4th of July Fireworks will take off from the Pier around 9 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket! 

Best spots to watch downtown Jacksonville fireworks this 4th of July

NASSAU COUNTY

  • Hilliard's annual fireworks display: The Town of Hilliard’s Firework display will be on July 4th at the Hilliard Airpark located at 37776 Eastwood Road, Hilliard, Florida. The show will begin at dark (9:00 to 9:30 p.m.), and will be exhibited by “Pyrotecnico.”

CLAY COUNTY

  • Moosehaven fireworks : Gates open at 5 p.m. Fireworks will set off at 9:20 p.m. There will be live entertainment, a kids zone, food vendors and more. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Address: 1701 Park Avenue, Orange Park.
  • Orange Park Mall Freedom Fest: ( June 29 ) Food, Fun, Beer, Kids Zone, Vendors and Wynonna Judd! Concerts and fireworks are free to watch. Address: 1910 Wells Road

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ST. JOHNS COUNTY

  • Fireworks Over the Matanzas: St. Augustine's Fourth of July celebration at the Castillo de San Marcos includes a live music concert after the fireworks display. The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Event held from 6 - 10 p.m. at Plaza de la Constitucion.
  • Shelter Island Fireworks: (July 13) Held a week AFTER the Fourth of July, fireworks will launch from a barge off Crescent Beach on Saturday, July 13, starting around 9:15 p.m.

*Other notable locations to watch fireworks: The old bridge in St. Augustine, Boardwalk in Anastasia State Park*

GLYNN COUNTY 

  • Saint Mary's 4th of July Celebration: The Kiwanis Annual Fourth of July celebration offers hometown charm plus a parade and fireworks over the St. Marys River. This is an all-day celebration from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and the fireworks begin at dusk. Other activities include a 5K & 10K Run, arts & crafts vendors and entertainment. Address: 400 Osborne Street 

These are the best places to go watch a spectacular show, but sometimes you can get a great view from your own backyard! Whatever your plans, please be safe and have fun. 

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