Fourth of July

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Here’s a reminder: if you live in Duval County it is officially illegal to shoot off fireworks. Unofficially of course, thousands of people will do it anyway.

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitor and Convention Bureau

St. Johns County expects a record number of beach goers this Fourth of July.

To help ease the crush of vehicles and the frustration of finding parking, the county is offering a free “Reach the Beach” shuttle service to two prime beach front locations in the county.

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

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Dozens of volunteers showed up at Neptune Beach bright and early this morning, ready to pick up trash left by July 4 revelers.

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.

Traffic Delays Expected for Fourth of July Weekend

Jun 30, 2016
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This weekend, expect heavy traffic and some road closures because of July 4 festivities.

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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.

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It’s nearly Fourth of July weekend, and officials are reminding Northeast Florida residents to stay safe when taking part in water activities.

Max Ervanian of Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue says the biggest problem lifeguards faced last Fourth of July was beachgoers’ not listening to or complying with guards.

“All of our lifeguards will whistle at someone because they feel like those people are in danger," he said. "My lifeguards are 100 percent willing to educate all bathers and beachgoers on the dangers of different ocean conditions that happen.”

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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.

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

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The U.S. could be headed to the World Cup semi-finals for only the third time since 1930 if they win tomorrow. Cole Pepper has the latest in his First Coast Connect weekly sports wrap.