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Where To See Fireworks: Independence Day Celebrations Around The First Coast

Fireworks over the St. Johns River
Jennifer Statlick

Just because July Fourth falls on a Wednesday this year doesn’t mean it has to be a less of a celebration. Several Northeast Florida cities and businesses are planning fireworks displays and parties to celebrate the nation’s 242nd Independence Day.

July 3: Palm Coast, 9 p.m.

The City of Palm Coast will hold fireworks on Tuesday, July 3, at 9 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave. Pre-fireworks family fun will begin at 5 p.m.

July 3: World Golf Village,  9:15 p.m.

Kick off the holiday a day early as the World Golf Hall of Fame puts on its annual fireworks display, one of the largest in North Florida, according to The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Parking is $10. Admission to view the fireworks show is free. For more information is available here. Attendees can also purchase a special movie package for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in IMAX 3D.  

July 4: Palm Coast, 8 a.m.

Palm Coast will also hold a public Independence Day Ceremony titled “By the Dawn’s Early Light.” The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy. NW, Palm Coast (1/2 mile west of the Flagler County Library).

Elected officials from Palm Coast and Flagler County will take part in a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and an U.S. Naval cannon will be fired by Ret. Navy Capt. J. Randall Stapleford.

The Palm Coast Community Band will perform with vocalist Flagler County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenny Goncalves.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at nearby Fire Station 21, 9 Corporate Drive, Palm Coast.

July 4: Jacksonville Beach, 9 p.m.

The city of Jacksonville Beach is holding its annual fireworks display at the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Viewing is possible from just about any point on the beach. More information is available here.

July 4: Orange Park, 9:20 p.m.

The town of Orange Park and the Moosehaven retirement community are jointly throwing an American Pride Fourth of July. The event includes vendors, crafts, food and a fireworks display over the St. Johns River. Gates open at 2 p.m., and firework start at 9:20 p.m. More information is available here.

July 4: Fernandina Beach, 9:30 p.m.

Starting at 6 p.m., downtown Fernandina Beach will host an array of activities, including live music, a patriotic pet contest and a fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m. More information is available here.

July 4: St. Augustine,  9:30 p.m.

Fireworks Over The Matanzas begins at 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July. The fireworks, which can be seen over the bayfront between the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the Bridge of Lions, are set to a soundtrack of patriotic music. More information is available here.

July 4: Downtown Jacksonville, 9:45 p.m.

The annual downtown celebration includes live musical performances, family-friendly activities, food and drinks, all before the fireworks show over the St. Johns River. Music along with the 9:45 p.m. fireworks show will be featured at Friendship Fountain Park and beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge at the Riverside Arts Market. More information is available here about road closures, the Skyway schedule and boat docking and anchoring.