4th of July in St. Augustine

4th of July

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 are all what 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.

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…


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 $10 per vehicle Monday July 4th.  There will be additional parking on St. Francis Field (The lot behind the parking garage) located close to the Bayfront, $10 per vehicle, cash only.  Visit here for parking locations for July 4, 2016, or look at the image in the gallery.

Private Lots Available (For a Fee)

Mission Nombre de Dios (101 San Marco Ave.)
St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce (1 Riberia St.)
Ameris Bank (790 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.)
Norman Van Dyke Insurance (798 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.)
Herbie Wiles Insurance (79 Lemon St.)

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 cant! If you love the feeling of wizzing by people at stand still traffic than biking is the way to go.  The city of St. Augustine is encouraging biking for locals but tourist 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.  Below is a list of places to lock up your bike.

Places to Lock Your Bike..

Council on Aging (180 Marine St.)
Willie Galimore Center(399 Riberia St.)
Blue Water Jewelers (500 Anastasia Blvd.)
St. Augustine Amphitheatre (1320C A1A South)
Red Cox Road (Red Cox Rd. at A1A South)
Library on U.S. 1 North (1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd.)

 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 133years!  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!