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Fireworks Over the Matanzas
6 p.m. All Star Orchestra, Plaza de la Constitucion
9:30 p.m. FIREWORKS
Holidays are built around traditions and few holidays have more great family traditions than the Fourth of July: great food, outdoor band concerts, a day with friends and family, and of course, fireworks! They all come together in a grand celebration, and there’s no better place to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day than in the Nation’s Oldest City and no better way than Fireworks Over The Matanzas.
First There’s Music
Starting at 6:00pm one of the region’s most popular big bands, The All Star Orchestra, returns to the Plaza de la Constitución for a two-hour show filled with big band and swing music along with all the traditional patriotic favorites. The All Star Orchestra’s performance from the Plaza’s Gazebo runs from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. The concert is free and those attending should bring lounge chairs for seating
Then There’s Fireworks!
Fireworks Over The Matanzas, the highlight of St. Augustine’s traditional July 4th activities, has become synonymous with celebrating Independence Day in the Nation’s Oldest City. The spectacular aerial display of pyrotechnics high over Matanzas Bay begins at 9:30pm.
The 20-minute display is tightly choreographed to a stirring soundtrack of great popular and patriotic music delivered over an extensive sound system transforming the entire Bayfront between the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the Bridge of Lions into a theatre of sight and sound (click here for a map).
For over two decades Fireworks Over The Matanzas has been produced by Fireworks by Santore, a company based in nearby Flagler County, that’s been in the fireworks business for over 125 years.
July 4th shuttle planned for Anastasia Blvd.
Shuttle available on July 4, 6pm-midnight, along Anastasia Blvd.
A free Park & Ride Shuttle will be available on July 4, from 6:00pm until midnight from parking locations along Anastasia Blvd. to the Bridge of Lions.
The shuttle will run from four parking locations to the park at the east side of the Bridge of Lions.
Passengers may park for free at:
- Anastasia Baptist Church (1650 A1A South),
- St. Augustine Amphitheatre (1340-C A1A South),
- R.B. Hunt Elementary School (125 Magnolia Dr.) and
- St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park (999 Anastasia Blvd.).
After the fireworks, the shuttle will pick-up passengers at the drop-off point at the Bridge of Lions. Old Town Trolley Tours and Ripley’s Red Train Tours are providing a dozen buses for the free shuttle service.
For more information, call 904. 904.825.4279 or by email Mobility@CityStAug.com.
City offices closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day
Extended closing at City Hall because of termite treatment
Offices for the City of St. Augustine will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Solid waste collections, though, will remain on their regular schedules.
City offices, the Lightner Museum, and all businesses in the Lightner Building will be closed Friday, June 30 – Monday, July 3 while the building undergoes termite treatment requiring the entire structure to be tented. Some of the building’s tenants may reopen on Tuesday, July 4.
Streets in the vicinity of the building affected by the project and appropriate signage will be in the area to direct traffic. Parking in the lot directly south of City Hall will be limited, but parking in the Granada St. parking lots will be open and accessible by using DeSoto Pl.
Questions or concerns may be directed to the General Services Department at 904.825.1010.