4 sites options to watch downtown fireworks

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:48:40 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2014 06:40:00 PM EDT

For so many years we've seen thousands of people watching the fireworks from the south bank of the river - from the school board building to Friendship Fountain. But now the old river walk is gone making way for construction of a new board walk. This will mean big changes for Independence Day fireworks.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

As so many do every Fourth of July, thousands will head downtown Friday night to watch the fireworks. But one popular spot to see them is closed this year for construction: the Southbank Riverwalk.

The city is suggesting four other locations though: Friendship Fountain on the Southbank, the Shipyards on the Northbank, the Jacksonville Landing for those 21 and older or, if younger, with parents, or the Riverside Arts Market.

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Those spots are expected to be more crowded than usual, so if you're going you'll want to get there early.

The popular site next to the Duval County School Board is not an option this year. Neither is all up and down the Southbank Riverwalk.

Friendship Fountain will have interactive events from the Museum of Science and History starting at 5 p.m. Friday.

At the shipyards, there will be water slides, volleyball, Giant Jenga and live music also starting at 5 p.m.

The Landing will have live music from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m. The big question is where to park.

"There is plenty of places to still park downtown," special events director Tonisha Landry-Gaines said. "There is tons of parking and we have plenty of different areas, and using the shipyards this year gives us some of that extra traffic and the extra flow, and people can park there and still enjoy the fireworks."

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