Historic City News readers will be celebrating Independence Day this week, and if the weather holds up, there will be plenty of outdoor activities for local families and our visitors.
Barbara Golden, Communications Manager for the St Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, reminds reporters about the following entertaining events.
|Monday – Sunday: June 30 – July 6|
|The Award-Winning Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience – Recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as an outstanding heritage education program, Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change. Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.Journey2014.com
El Galeón and Nao Victoria Tour – Tour full-sized replicas of 16th and 17th century Spanish tall ships. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia and Nao Victoria are both open for daily tours. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire. Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. El Galeón admission is $15 for adult and $8 for youth. Nao Victoria admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. A combo ticket for both ships is available for $20 for adults and $10 for youth. 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606 www.elgaleon.org.
St. Augustine Art Association Annual Honors Show – St. Augustine Art Association’s Annual Honors Show through July 6 will feature new works by artists who have won awards at association exhibits during the previous three years. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
Katherine Parker Retrospective – The St. Augustine Art Association features a special, solo retrospective of the works of the late Katherine Parker through July 6. The artist lived in St. Augustine for 30 years where she developed a unique technique creating monotype serigraph silkscreens overlaid with gouache, pencil and gold leaf. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
|Wednesday: July 2|
|Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmer’s Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more! Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007
Music by the Sea Concert Series 2014 – Every Wednesday night through September 24, live concerts take place from 7 – 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. This week’s band is Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg playing Classic R/R. Mojo Tacos will offer signature dinners for $10. Admission is free. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
Movie by the Bay – Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday throughout the summer. The movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
|Thursday: July 3|
|8th Annual Freedom Trail Celebration and Luncheon – Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and honors the heroes and heroines of the civil rights movement in St. Augustine. Keynote speaker is David Colburn, former provost, senior vice president and chairman of the History Department at the University of Florida. The 11:30 a.m. event takes place in Flagler College’s Dining Room, formerly the Ponce de Leon Hotel — scene of significant events related to the civil rights movement. Tickets are $45 per person. 74 King Street, St. Augustine. 904-347-1382 www.freedomtrail.org
2014 Concerts in the Plaza – The 24th season of Concerts in the Plaza continues with an evening of Gospel Music in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Bring a chair or blanket for seating. This free live performance takes place from 7 – 9 p.m. in St. Augustine’s historic Plaza de la Constitucion. 904-825-1004 www.plazaconcerts.com
|Friday: July 4|
|Fireworks Over The Matanzas – The 4th of July Concert & Fireworks in St. Augustine starts at 6 p.m. with the All Star Orchestra performing in the Plaza de la Constitucion. At 9:30 p.m., one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast bursts above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflects in the waters of Matanzas Bay. Admission is free with the best vantage points along the bay front between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. www.FireworksOverTheMatanzas.com
Victory III Fireworks Cruise – See the Fireworks Over The Matanzas aboard the Victory III! Board at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina departing at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are limited and available for advance purchase for $25 per person. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-824-1806 ext 210 www.scenic-cruise.com
|Saturday: July 5|
|Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733
GTM Research Reserve Guided Cultural Hike – The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. take a Guided Cultural Hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history This 1.5 mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam. The programs are free. There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr.org
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration – A celebration of a spectacular sunset across the bay featuring dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier on the Intracoastal Waterway. Activities are from 3 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine 904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com
|Sunday: July 6|
|Free Community First Night Owl Cinema at the Amphitheater – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the featured film to be shown at 8 p.m. on the big screen at the St. Augustine Amphitheater (gates open at 7 p.m.) The free cinema is presented by Community First Credit Union and the Amphitheater. Admission and parking are free and no tickets are required. A variety of concessions will be available for purchase. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367;|