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

Will you be in Jax to celebrate Independence Day this year? There are a ton 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. At each location, the City of Jacksonville is offering a spectacular fireworks display that will begin at 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

The Downtown Jacksonville celebration will kick off at 5 p.m. including a concert presented by Miller Electric Company featuring acts that will be announced soon, 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.

Jacksonville Fireworks View From The Beach

Jax 4th of July Food & Drink Ideas

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 M Shack for a gourmet grass-fed beef patty that is nothing short of wonderful.

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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