A Guide to July Fourth in Jacksonville: Fireworks, Food & Fun

Will you be in Jax to celebrate Independence Day this year? There are plenty of fireworks displays and Fourth of July events happening around town.

Fourth of July in Jacksonville, Florida

Here are our top picks for watching fireworks and celebrating in Jacksonville this holiday weekend:

Where to See July 4th Fireworks in Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration will return this year at multiple locations to celebrate the nation’s independence:

The tradition of July 3 fireworks at 121 Financial Ballpark will continue in 2021, as the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are hosting an Independence Day Fireworks Celebration presented by Nimnicht Family of Dealerships and Darley's Plumbing at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, July 3. Fans are invited to come early to the event, with the club screening a baseball movie on the high-definition video board at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Want to feel the sand between your toes as you watch the fireworks this year? Then pack a blanket or a few chairs and head to Jacksonville Beach for the annual fireworks show at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 4. The fireworks are deployed from the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier, and it’s really easy to see this display from just about any point on the beach. Make it a date by enjoying a late-night dinner at North Beach Fish Camp and pop across the street afterward to watch the sky light up.

The City of Jacksonville is offering a spectacular fireworks display that will begin at 9:45 p.m. July 4.

The Downtown Jacksonville celebration will kick off at 5 p.m. including a concert presented by Miller Electric Company featuring The Bryan Malpass Band and STR8UP, a family fun zone, food trucks and bars all at Riverfront Plaza. The night will conclude with fireworks along the St. Johns River at 9:45 p.m. with viewing areas on both the North and South banks.

Fireworks will be launched from the following locations throughout various communities. We recommend arriving no earlier than 9 p.m. for the remote events located at:

  • Downtown Jacksonville
  • St. Johns Town Center
  • FSCJ North Campus
  • The Avenues Mall
  • Trinity Baptist Church
  • Ed Austin Regional Park

Please note: There will be no activations at these remote locations other than restrooms.

Jax 4th of July Fun, Food & Drink Ideas

Add a little Tex-Mex to your celebration with a delicious meal, libations and fun at Estrella Cocina. The Fourth of July party starts at 6 p.m. and ends with an amazing view of the City of Jacksonville fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. Admission is $40 and you can RSVP on Estrella's website.

The Bread & Burger will host a free celebration on July 4 in the VyStar Breezeway. Come enjoy a family-friendly event with music, yard games and delicious food and beverages. The party starts at 4 p.m. and is only steps away from Riverfront Plaza and the amazing City of Jacksonville fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.

Explore the Museum of Science and History during extended hours on July 4, then enjoy the fresh breeze on the MOSH rooftop. Extended general admission hours at MOSH will be from 5 – 9 p.m. with rooftop access opening at 9 p.m. for prime firework viewing.

On July 4, Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events is doing something it only does three times a year - offering All You Can Race packages that begin at 6 p.m. and run until the facility closes at 10 p.m.

For those who like to celebrate every holiday with delicious food and drinks, we’ve got a few suggestions for you. Beer lovers can hop on the Jax Ale Trail pre-fireworks. With four breweries by the beach and three others near downtown, it’s easy to hit the trail before the fireworks. If you’re watching the fireworks on the Southbank, then head over to Sidecar for a delicious craft cocktail - ranked as one of the best in town. If you feel like sitting outdoors and enjoying the cool, evening breeze and fantastic views, spend at least part of your evening at one of Jacksonville's top rooftop bars.

M Shack Burger in Jacksonville

For dinner options, there’s nothing more American than a classic burger with all the toppings and a side of hot, fresh fries. According to a popular Jacksonville restaurant reviewer, you can find Jacksonville's best burger—in terms of quality, variety, execution, and consistency—at Epik Burger. We hear their bacon cheeseburger is killer. For a more traditional burger, head over to Graffti Junktion.

Jacksonville Popsicle

July 4th would not be complete without something cold and sweet. If you are headed to a barbecue or packing a picnic basket, then be sure to stop by the Jacksonville Farmers Market to pick up some fresh watermelon. For something even sweeter before the downtown fireworks display, stop by Dreamette for a cone. It's ranked as one of the best ice cream stores in Florida! If you are by the beaches, then Rita’s Italian Ice is the way to go. Their custard is to-die-for! If you have a more discerning palate when it comes to frozen treats, you'll appreciate the freshly made gelato at Bambino Scoops. They have non-dairy options, too, if you're vegan or lactose intolerant.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday in Jacksonville, and if you have any questions about things to do over the July 4th weekend, get in touch!

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