4th of July Fireworks in St. Augustine
There is no better time to visit St. Augustine than the 4th of July, it’s when St. Augustine is truly at her best. The energy, the patriotism and the fireworks all make this great American holiday so special in the Nation’s Oldest City. That being said, there are a few local tricks Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast can let you in on.
The epi-center for 4th of July celebrations are at the Castillo de San Marco (the fort). The Firework display you will witness is one of the biggest and best firework displays on the east coast. Spectators begin setting up and reserving their spots as early as 6.a.m, so be sure to plan ahead where you want to meet friends and family. Another reason to plan a designated meeting local is that cell phone coverage can go out due to overloading cellphone towers with the immense amount of traffic during the firework display.
Music and entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and this year The All Star Orchestra is playing a two hour show of big band and swing music and of course some patriotic tunes as well in town square.
The Fireworks will begin at 9:30p.m.!!!
For the last two decades St. Augustine has been putting on spectacular firework shows and each year. Over the Matanzas Bay you will see a fountain of beautiful colors lighting the sky, followed by a boom and then a roar from the crowd with faces of smiles and draw dropping wonder. If there’s anywhere to be for the fourth of July, its St. Augustine Florida.
Important Things to Keep in Mind…
When you stay at Carriage Way B&B, you have an on-site parking space, and you’re a two-minute walk from the festivities.
If you’re coming to town just for the day, please read the following information.
The 4th of July fireworks bring more cars to St Augustine than any other event. Find your parking before 8:30p.m. Main streets will begin to be rerouted at this time. This means streets will begin to close and you will be stuck in never ending re-routes. The main parking garage downtown will have parking $12 per vehicle Tuesday July 4th. Click here for information about handicapped parking spaces.
A free Park & Ride Shuttle will be available on July 4, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until midnight from four parking locations along Anastasia Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach. The locations are:
Anastasia Baptist Church (1650 A1A South)
St. Augustine Amphitheatre (1340-C A1A South)
R.B. Hunt Elementary School (125 Magnolia Dr.)
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park (999 Anastasia Blvd.)
The shuttle will drop passengers at the east end of the Bridge of Lions. After the fireworks show, the shuttles will pick up from that location to return to the four parking areas.
Old Town Trolley Tours and Ripley’s Red Train Tours are providing a dozen buses for the shuttle service.
Bikes Are Another Great Option
Using a bike is a great way to navigate through St. Augustine, especially on the Fourth of July, you can go places cars can’t! If you love the feeling of whizzing by people in stand-still traffic, biking is the way to go. The city of St. Augustine is encouraging biking for locals but tourists can bike too! Some people who know they will be running late getting downtown for the festivities will load a bike in their truck/SUV, drive as close to the fun as they can and then ride their bike the rest of the way. Here is a map of our local bike racks.
Some of St Augustine’s favorite attractions will be holding limited hours on Independence Day.
Old Town Trolley Tours will be running from 9:00 – 3:00.
The Authentic Old Jail will be open 9:00 – 4:30.
The Oldest Store Museum Experience will be open 9:00 – 4:30.
St Augustine History Museum will be open 9:00 – 4:30.
Potter’s Wax Museum will be open 9:00 – 4:30.
Ghosts & Gravestones will be CLOSED.
Where better to spend the 4th of July than at Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast in The Nation’s Oldest City St. Augustine Florida! Carriage Way Bed And Breakfast is a beautiful historic Victorian home steeped in American culture of over 134 years! Updated with many modern amenities this charming Bed & Breakfast offers on-site parking and a central location to historic downtown St. Augustine. Our guests don’t have to drive to see the fireworks; they’re just a 2 min walk away. Enjoy some wine on our downstairs or upstairs verandas while overlooking the beautiful Cordova & Cuna street. Every morning wake up to delicious chef choice hot breakfast served table-side. Our beautiful rooms named after precious gems are the reason why St. Augustine calls Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast The Jewel Of The Ancient City! See our rooms and rates here!