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Florida State Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, doesn’t mince words about Florida’s fireworks rules.

“Florida has the goofiest laws in the nation when it comes to regulation of fireworks,” he said.

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A lot of people will be ending their Wednesday sitting on blankets on the beach watching fireworks over the Atlantic.

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.

Lesli Marsh

Every Fourth of July, animal shelters gear up for an influx of lost family pets.

The problem is fireworks, while exhilarating for humans, can be terrifying for cats and dogs.

Weekend Warriors: Having An All-American Blast

Jun 30, 2016
By I, Jonathan Zander, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

As the work week comes to end, let WJCT interns Kelsey Oates and Sarah De Nicolais be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast. Celebrate America with this special patriotic edition of Weekend Warriors and enjoy with the whole family.   

 

Void’s Great American Sip n’ Slide

 

Celebrating July 4 With A Bang

Jun 30, 2016
Jeff Golden, www.flickr.com/creativecommons

This is your complete guide to firework displays around Jacksonville.

Celebrate the red, white and blue with family and friends with spectacular shows for a night you won’t soon forget.

Traffic Delays Expected for Fourth of July Weekend

Jun 30, 2016
Pressly Pratt

This weekend, expect heavy traffic and some road closures because of July 4 festivities.

champagne toast
Toni Blay via Flickr

Maybe you’re waiting until New Year’s to bust out that fancy new outfit Santa brought you and party like a jolly elf all night long. Or maybe you want to be in bed by 8 while the rest of the world cheers for a falling ball. Either way, the First Coast has a free event to help you ring in 2016. Here’s a sampling:

Downtown Jacksonville

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

 

It was 85 degrees on a December Monday in Jacksonville, but 10-year-old Kiera Daniels was ice skating, sort of, at Unity Plaza in Riverside.

 

 


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s free monorail system is extending its hours this weekend in anticipation of big events downtown. 


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There’s no shortage of pyrotechnic displays on the First Coast this weekend.

Palm Coast got a jump on everyone else by having its fireworks show Friday, July 3, at Central Park in Town Center.

St. Augustine will light up the skies over the Matanzas River at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. City officials recommend checking out the official Fourth of July information site for the latest traffic and parking lot information.

Courtesy John Dykes

A grassroots effort to shield military veterans with post traumatic stress disorder from the fear and anxiety associated with Fourth of July fireworks is gaining traction around the country.

John Spade / Flickr

Get patriotic this weekend with sports and fireworks on the First Coast.

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Tonight:

Thursday: