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Here are our top picks for watching fireworks and celebrating in Jacksonville this holiday weekend:
From 5 pm until 10 pm, the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville will transform into a glistening stage for tons of fireworks, live music, and more. The annual Fourth of July Celebration Downtown includes live performances, family-friendly activities, food and drinks, and fireworks over the river. For revelers who are 21 and up, Jacksonville Landing will be hosting live music with drink specials throughout the evening. The main downtown fireworks will begin at 9:45 pm. You can see the display from the Riverwalk on either side of the St. Johns. Friendship Fountain is another one of our favorite viewing locations (bring a chair from home and find a good spot) or try the rooftop of Intuition Ale Works. For information about events, times, parking, and more, visit the event website.
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. 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. Or grab a drink at The Penthouse Lounge at Casa Marina and enjoy the show from there.
Just a short walk from downtown, under the Fuller Warren Bridge, the Riverside Arts Market is hosting their annual Independence Day Party & Fireworks Viewing. The evening will include music, local food and family friendly fun. Here are easy directions on how to get there.
Three of our favorite family-friendly Jax attractions are offering savings and specials for Independence Day. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will be offering buy one get one free on general admission tickets on July 2-4 or you could spend a few hours learning and playing at MOSHfor just $4 admission on the Fourth. Then stick around for the evening activities and fireworks display right outside at Friendship Fountain.
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 a three 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 Sidecarfor a delicious craft cocktail - ranked as one of the best in town!
July 4th would not be complete without something 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 display, stop by Dreamette for a cone, it's ranked as one of the best ice cream store in Florida! If you are by the beaches, then Rita’s Italian Ice is the way to go. The custard there is to-die-for!
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!