Fourth of July with the Castillo de San Marcos

Fourth of July Fireworks 2024

View St. Augustine's 4th of July fireworks over the Matanzas after a free two-hour live concert.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2024 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks 2024

(904) 825-1004

On the bayfront in St. Augustine's historic district
1 South Castillo Dr.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

On Thursday, July 4, 2024, St. Augustine celebrates America's birthday at the annual St. Augustine Fourth of July celebration, "Fireworks Over the Matanzas" from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Plaza de la Constitución in the heart of St. Augustine's Historic District — with a two-hour live music concert, featuring the All-Star Orchestra. At 9:30 p.m. the sky lights up with a spectacular fireworks display over the historic bayfront and the Castillo de San Marcos. "Fireworks Over the Matanzas" is one of the biggest and best fireworks displays on the East Coast, featuring 5,000 individual shells exploding as high as 2,000 feet and as low as 100 feet.

Concert - 6:00 p.m.

The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Plaza de la Constitución. The popular All-Star Orchestra performs a two-hour big band and swing music show including patriotic favorites. The concert is free and open to the public - visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

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Fireworks - 9:30 p.m.

Lighting up the sky over Matanzas Bay, with the Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions in the foreground, the "Fireworks Over the Matanzas" display is truly unforgettable. The 20-minute fireworks show is set to patriotic music on an extensive sound system that carries over the entire bayfront. Fireworks by Santore produces the annual show.

"Fireworks Over the Matanzas" is one of the best events in Florida to catch Independence Day fireworks. Visitors are welcome to line the streets and sit anywhere along the Bridge of Lions and South Castillo Drive to view the fireworks from downtown.

See below for details on road closures. These closures begin at 8:00 p.m. (and end at 11:00 p.m.), so visitors must be appropriately situated before then.

After the fireworks display, around 10:00 p.m., guests can visit the historic downtown pubs and restaurants for a bite to eat and a cool drink. Remember, St. Augustine enforces "no open container" laws, so visitors should drink only at the restaurants and bars.

Check out places to stay in St. Augustine for July 4th weekend options at the beaches, downtown, and near I-95.

When: 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., July 4, 2024. The concert is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Road closures are from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Where: St. Augustine's historic district. Some of the best vantage points are on the Bridge of Lions and at the Castillo de San Marcos.

For more information on this event, please call (904) 825-1004 or visit here.

Parking

July 4th Road Closures

Avenida Menendez and South Castillo Drive will be closed from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. to accommodate this event. The Bridge of Lions will be closed to both boat and vehicle traffic. Everyone attending should find their parking area before 8:00 p.m. when the traffic rerouting begins. Additional street closures include:

  • Picolata Road between U.S. 1 and San Marco Avenue (8:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
  • San Carlos between U.S. 1 and San Marco Avenue (8:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
  • King Street will have two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane west of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (8:00 - 11:30 p.m.)
  • King Street will have one westbound lane and one eastbound lane east of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, up to Avenida Menendez.
  • There will be no east-bound traffic on W. Castillo from US-1 to North Cordova (8:00 to 11:30 p.m.)
  • North Cordova will be closed from Orange St. to the Historic Downtown Parking Facility entrance (8:00 - 11:30 p.m.)

Visit here for a quick list of tips on parking and road closures.

Free Park and Ride Shuttles

For locals, and visitors staying in St. Augustine Beach, free park-and-ride shuttles will be available on July 4th, from 6:00 p.m. until midnight via parking locations along Anastasia Blvd. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. Old Town Trolley Tours is providing the shuttle service and will pick passengers up at one of three locations and drop them at the east end of the Bridge of Lions.

Passengers may park for free on Anastasia Island at:

Following the fireworks, the shuttle will pick up passengers at the drop-off location at the east end of the Bridge of Lions.

Nearby Places to Eat

Click here for a list of all of the eateries in historic downtown. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Public Restrooms

Public restrooms are located around the historic downtown. Check out the map below.

For those who travel by sea

The Bridge of Lions will not open for marine traffic after the 8:00 p.m. opening until 11:00 p.m. - or shortly after. Vessels will be prohibited from entering, anchoring, or mooring within an area north of the Bridge of Lions. The southern boundary is from mooring ball 14, east to Marker 7. The northern boundary of the No Boat Zone extends from north of the fort, northeast to just beyond the three dolphins, and southeast to Marker 5. This area may shift slightly as a result of weather patterns. Marine patrol will monitor the area.

Fourth of July Fireworks 2024

(904) 825-1004

On the bayfront in St. Augustine's historic district
1 South Castillo Dr.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

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Editor's Note: We encourage you to verify event times and details with the organizers, as they may change.