ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The city has just announced plans for its July 4th celebration.
Fireworks Over The Matanzas will include food, outdoor band concerts, and fireworks. The event begins with live music by The All Star Orchestra, at the gazebo at Plaza de la Constitución for a two-hour show filled with Big Band and Swing music along with all the traditional patriotic favorites. The concert is free and those attending should bring lounge chairs for seating.
The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. The 20-minute display is set to a soundtrack of popular music transforming the entire Bayfront between the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the Bridge of Lions into a theatre of sight and sound.
There are two rules for those attending Fireworks Over The Matanzas:
• Alcohol is prohibited on public property, including parks, streets and sidewalks; and
• Possession of fireworks that explode or leave the ground is illegal and those found with such fireworks will be subject to $100 citation or arrest and will have prohibited fireworks confiscated.
Getting in, parking, and getting out
Rerouting of traffic will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will include closing of the Bridge of Lions, Avenida Menendez and South Castillo Drive to all vehicular traffic to accommodate the vast number of pedestrians. The best advice is to arrive early, explore the city, enjoy the show, and be patient during departure.
Parking in city owned lots and on-street is free on July 4th with the largest concentration of surface parking located on Granada Street behind the Lightner Building. The Historic Downtown Parking Facility located at the Visitors Information Center can accommodate 1,200 vehicles. The rate is $10 per car per entry. Also there will be no access to or from the parking lot of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
St. Augustine's Old World streets are a key component of its Old World charm and a challenge when dispersing large numbers of vehicles, but the St. Augustine Police Department has refined a traffic plan that moves vehicles safely and as quickly as possible out of the downtown area following the fireworks.
For more information, visit www.fireworksoverthematanzas.com or call the City of St. Augustine Public Affairs Department at 904.825.1004.