Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and of course – fireworks! While last year most firework shows and celebrations had to be called off due to the pandemic, this year, some celebrations are able to return. Read on to see what’s happening around Jacksonville this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.
Go to a Concert
The cover band Tru Gentlemen is giving a concert on July 4th, and you can celebrate by attending an all-day White Party (wear your best, sexy summer whites!). The party runs from 4 to 8 pm and when the band isn’t playing, live DJs will be “bringing the heat” on the turntables! There will also be free food and drink specials. COVID precautions are in effect and seating is limited, so get tickets soon!
Rent a Slingshot
These fun, speedy little cars are perfect for cruising around near the beaches. While city fireworks and festivities aren’t confirmed yet, renting one of these from Seaside Slingshots and then cruising the beaches to see what events and fireworks you find is a unique way to spend your Independence Day.
A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a BBQ, check out Boone Park which has plenty of shade for your picnic blanket, grills, and playgrounds for the kids.
Take a field trip to America’s oldest city! St. Augustine is just 45 minutes away and is a fun place for a day trip or even a weekend getaway. They’re having a free 4th of July Celebration on Independence Day evening. Live music starts in the Plaza de Constitución at 6 pm and then fireworks over the bay at 9:30 pm. If you’re making a full day – or weekend – of it, some of the key attractions around town are:
· Anastasia State Park – a wildlife sanctuary and great spot to enjoy outdoor activities.
· Historic Spanish forts – both the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas are National Parks sites.
· St Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum – you can climb the tower and get a great view or come after hours on a ghost tour.
Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and Jacksonville’s location near the Atlantic Ocean has plenty of options for a nice beach day. One of your best options is heading about 30 minutes to the town of Atlantic Beach which has miles and miles of laid-back beaches. The Wide Beach is great for kayakers, sunbathers, and cyclists while Hannah Park is a go-to spot for shell-hunting or taking a break in the shade on a hiking trail. You’ll get a nice dose of history here, too, as it’s believed to be the location of North America’s first year-round Native American settlement and had an important railroad depot in the 1800s.
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