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July Fourth Fireworks Will Happen Rain Or Shine In Jax

Fireworks are pictured being launched from the Acosta Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville on Nov. 30, 2019.
Fireworks are pictured being launched from the Acosta Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville on Nov. 30, 2019.

The July 4th holiday weekend is looking like a rainy one in Northeast Florida, as the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network forecasts several rounds of thunderstorms through Monday. 


But the city of Jacksonville told WJCT News that Sunday evening’s fireworks displays will happen rain or shine.

Here's where the festivities will be happening in Jacksonville and all along the First Coast:




The City of Jacksonville is setting off fireworks across the city  at 9:45 p.m. on July 4th. They are launching from six different locations:


  • Downtown Jacksonville

  • St. Johns Town Center

  • FSCJ North Campus

  • The Avenues Mall

  • Trinity Baptist Church

  • Ed Austin Regional Park

Downtown Jacksonville will start hosting its celebration at 5 p.m. at Riverfront Plaza, the site of the former Landing, with a concert featuring the Bryan Malpass Band and STR8UP. A family fun zone, food trucks and bars will also be available.


The Museum of Science & History is also getting in on the city’s firework display. MOSH is extending its hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and opening its rooftop for visitors to watch the Downtown display from the top of the museum. Rooftop access costs $15, including museum general admission.


St. Augustine


The city of St. Augustine’s “Fireworks Over the Matanzas” display will begin at 9:30 p.m. It will involve over 5,000 firework shells being shot over the bayfront and the Castillo de San Marcos.


Before the display, a free two-hour concert will be held at the Plaza de la Constitución starting at 6 p.m. The concert will feature the local band, The All-Star Orchestra.


Jacksonville Beach


The city of Jacksonville Beach will be launching fireworks from the Jacksonville Beach Pier parking lot starting at 9 p.m. The parking lot will be closed to the public, but firework viewing is open along the beaches.


Fernandina Beach


The City of Fernandina Beach will be hosting 4th of July festivities at Parking Lot B in Downtown Fernandina Beach from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..


Food, music and fireworks will be part of the event, but the time fireworks will be launched has not been announced.

Tristan Wood can be reached at or on Twitter at @TristanDWood.

Sydney manages community engagement programs like WJCT News' Coronavirus Texting Service. Originally from the mountains of upstate New York, she relocated to Jacksonville from Kentucky, where she reported on Appalachia's coal industry.
Tristan is WJCT’s 2021 Summer Reporting Intern. He has previously worked as the City and County Commission reporter for the Independent Florida Alligator, Gainesville’s student-run newspaper, and Fresh Take Florida, a news service working in partnership with the Associated Press to cover the Florida Legislature and select political news stories across the state.