July 4th Fireworks & Events
Due to COVID-19 and the risk it poses to large crowds, all Fourth of July fireworks and events in St. Augustine have been postponed and may be rescheduled for a later date in 2020. Please check back for any updates.
Even though the fireworks display is postponed this year, there are still plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the outdoors and beaches on Florida's Historic Coast. Get inspired to spend your July 4th holiday with us this year!
4 Best Ways to Enjoy July 4th
A Day at the Beach
With 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches, Florida’s Historic Coast offers more than one way to immerse yourself in family fun. For starters, you might want to get a lay of the land from the water by renting a kayak from Anastasia Watersports. There are picnic tables and grills available if you like cooking outdoors, or better yet, take-out from Nalu’s at the entrance to Anastasia State Park or the Village Garden Food Truck Park might hit the right spot. After a day of sunning and swimming, let the kids cool off at the Splash Park and treat them to an ice cold refreshment from Rita’s Italian Ice at St. Augustine Beach.
Water, Water Everywhere
There’s lots to see and do in the ancient city and one of the best ways to see it all and experience it, is from the water. Old Town Cycle Cruise on Vilano has the perfect vessel for your party: a 35-foot pedal-powered pontoon boat. You and your crew can paddle along the Matanzas River, spotting historic landmarks as you party and enjoy the breathtaking views of the sun setting over the ancient city. Don’t feel like paddling? You can always leave the sailing to the experts aboard the Schooner Freedom, a 76-foot tall ship that may simply be the most romantic and adventurous way to experience St. Augustine from the water.
You Can Always Go Downtown
The nation’s oldest city is not just historic sites, although we’ve got plenty of those. It’s also ancient, narrow brick-lined streets lined with shops and restaurants and even live music. Hop onto an Old Town Trolley to take a spin around the downtown area, jumping on and off when something strikes your fancy, like Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, or if you just want to get out of the heat and enjoy some mayhem, pirate adventure stories and air conditioning at the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. At Aviles Street, you must stop into Peace Pies for what is, no doubt, the best homemade ice cream sandwich you’ve ever eaten. What to do with all that extra energy? A stop at the Project SWING Park right next to the Historic Downtown Parking facility offers slides, forts, towers and tire swings to tire out the most active of kids.
Keep it Outside
Of course, July 4th is all about being outdoors with family and friends. And there’s no better place to kick off the holiday than with a trip to the North Guana Outpost in Ponte Vedra Beach. There’s something for all kinds of folks, especially if you’re interested in renting a kayak or a paddle board to explore the flora and fauna of this scenic area. There are also great spots to try your luck and drop a fishing line. But if you prefer to spend some time on the sand, you have easy access to the beach, where you can look for shark’s teeth (low tide around 2:30 p.m. is the best time for that.) You can, and probably will, spend a full day enjoying the great outdoors. You might as well cap off the day with a classic meal on a deck overlooking the beach at The Reef or enjoying the sunset on the Intracoastal Waterway at Palm Valley Fish Camp, or Valley Smoked BBQ.