Celebrate the 4th across the First Coast

By News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:48:18 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 04 2014 06:10:00 AM EDT

Photo by Karel Danzie

World Golf Village kicked off the Fourth of July early with a fireworks display Thursday night.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The downtown Jacksonville Independence Day celebration isn't limited to the 9:45 p.m. Fireworks Spectacular over the St. Johns River. The Shipyards on Bay Street cranks up at 5 p.m. with crafts, face painting, caricature artists, life entertainment and BBQ.

For those over 21 or accompanied by an adult, you can also watch the fireworks from The Jacksonville Landing.  Live music and drink specials begin a 8 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m.

Also downtown, there will fireworks after the Jacksonville Suns game. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

For those heading to downtown venues, the JTA Skyway service run until midnight. The city has already started closing roads downtown Friday morning.

Hogan Street from Water Street to the St. Johns River is closed, along with Coastline Drive from The Landing to Newnan Street. Those roads will remain closed until 2 a.m. Saturday.

The Main Street and Acosta bridges will be closed during the fireworks show and will reopen right after. The Fuller Warren Bridge will be open during the show.

Note: The fireworks will be shown as part of WJXT's Firework's Spectacular broadcast, 8-10 p.m. on Channel 4.

For the Jacksonville Beach fireworks show roads will begin closing after 5 p.m. After the fireworks, SR A1A will have turning lanes blocked and Beach Boulevard will have limitations at various intersections, so follow the traffic officer's directions or any detour signs.

At the beaches, traffic will be routed to the main roadways leading west: JTB, Beach and Atlantic boulevards. The Wonderwood Expressway in Mayport will also be open.

Other celebrations around northeast Florida


JACKSONVILLE BEACH
What: Forth of July celebration ends with fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean
When: 9:30 p.m. fireworks
Where: Entertainment, food and activities centered around the Seawalk Pavilion 

ST. AUGUSTINE
What: All Star Orchestra concert and fireworks show (More information)
When: Concert starts at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30.
Where: Concert at the Plaza de la Constitucion. Best view of fireworks will be along the bayfront between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions.

FERNANDINA BEACH
What: Sounds on Centre
When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Where: Centre Street, followed by fireworks over Fernandina Harbor

ORANGE PARK
What:  American Pride Fourth of July event and fireworks
When:  2 to 9:45 p.m.
Where:  Moosehaven, 1701 Park Avenue

MIDDLEBURG
What:  Independence Day Parade (More information)
When: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Where:  Blanding Boulevard

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS
What: 5K run, parade, arts and crafts, fireworks at sundown (More information)
When: 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown
Cost: $1 armband required

PALATKA
What: 4th of July Celebration and Parade
When: 6:30-9:15 p.m.
Where: Downtown Palatka

LAKE CITY
What: July 4th Celebration
When: 5-9:15 p.m.; fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
Where: Columbia County Fairgrounds

Celebrations around southeast Georgia


WAYCROSS
What: Fireworks, music, live entertainment, food, and activities for the family. (More information)
When: Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., but show up early to to enjoy the entertainment.
Where: Memorial Stadium, located on U.S. 1 and Memorial Drive.
More info:

ST. SIMONS ISLAND
What: Fireworks and family entertainment. (More information)
When: The Sunshine Festival lasts three days: Friday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 532 Beachview Drive, Pier Village, St. Simons Island

BRUNSWICK
What: Fireworks, tug-of-war, sack races, horse shoes, hula hoop contest, free watermelon and various other games and family entertainment. (More information)
When: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Historic Downtown Brunswick

JEKYLL ISLAND
What: Fireworks (More information)
When: 8:45 p.m.
Where: Fireworks will be launched from Great Dunes Gold Course. The fireworks are best viewed from Great Dunes Park, 101 N. Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, including the adjacent beach just north of the Convention Center.
Cost: $6 parking fee is required to enter Jekyll Island

SEA ISLAND
What: Fireworks (More information)
When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Sea Island Beach

ST MARYS
What: Celebration and fireworks
When: Events on main stage begin from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Events at Howard Gilman Memorial Park from 5 to 9:30 p.m., followed by fireworks
Where: Downtown at the waterfront

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