Imagine a 4th of July celebration like the one you remember from your childhood (or from classic movies.) Fireworks, parades, plenty of small-town charm - all set against 13 miles of beach. Here are some top picks for festive fun:
- Sounds on Centre July Concert. (Friday night) Bring your lawn chairs and the family to the foot of Centre Street to enjoy a free concert from Spice and the Po Boys, playing R&B and New Orlean- style blues.
- Hometown All-American 4th of July Celebration. Head to Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach for a parade, waterfront live music performances, plus contests (pie and patriotic pet,) topped off by fireworks. The parade begins the celebration at 6:00pm, and the fireworks display at the Fernandina Harbor Marina starts at 9:30pm.
- Fireworks Cruises. Take in the fireworks from the water with one of two special sunset cruises offered by Amelia River Cruises. Both depart at 8pm and return around 10pm. Find out more and reserve here.
- The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island's 5th Annual Red, White, and Deep Blue Celebration. The fun starts on the hotel's oceanfront lawn with games, children's activities, live music by The Bama Gamblers, and demonstrations by Venetian glassblower, Kyle Carni. Chefs will be manning grills and smokers to prepare an authentic Southern-style cookout buffet, and guests will have front-row seats to the legendary oceanfront firework show at 9pm. This is a ticketed event with reservations requested.
- Omni Amelia Island Plantation's 4th of July Celebrations start with a Firecracker 5K run at 8am, a parade at Racquet Park at 10am featuring island hoppers and bikes decked out in patriotic style, then a fireworks show at 9:30 over the ocean.
- First Weekend Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park. (Saturday and Sunday) Experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their fine dresses, peddlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys are all part of the lively way the Fort brings the era to life.