Nearby Independence Day events


Historic City News has received reports of several Independence Day events in the greater St. Augustine and St. Johns County area that may be of interest to our readers.

FIREWORKS CELEBRATION
A fireworks display is held on July 2 at the Walk of Champions at World Golf Village, located off I-95 at exit
323, St. Augustine. 940-4123.

FOURTH OF ZOO-LY JAMBOREE
An Independence Day jamboree is held July 3, 4 and 5 on Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Great Lawn, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. Prizes, live animal encounters, potato sack and egg relay races, and Uncle Sam are featured. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, $8 for kids ages 3-12 and free for kids younger than 3. Military families receive 25 percent off. 757-4463.

VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA
Ice skating, arts and crafts, face-painting and interactive games are featured from noon-9 p.m. on July 3, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on July 4 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 5 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $3, which includes skate rental. 630-3900.

BEACH BASH
A buffet, live entertainment, games and fireworks are featured from 6-9 p.m. on July 4 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island. Reservations are required. Admission is $75 for adults, $35 for children. 277-1028.

SOUNDS ON CENTRE
A free community concert is held from 6-8 p.m. on July 4 in downtown Fernandina Beach between Second and Front streets. Out Of Hand performs. downtownfernandina.com

FREEDOM FESTIVAL
The Stars & Stripes Freedom Festival is held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 4 at Central Park, 1100 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Touch-a-Truck safety display, a lookalike contest and an apple pie contest are featured. Face For Radio performs. A fireworks show is held at 9:30 p.m. 753-4467.

FT. CLINCH UNION GARRISON
Living history interpreters recreate fort life, including powder artillery demonstrations and marching drills, during the Civil War on July 4 and 5 at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. 277-7274.

LIBERTY CELEBRATION
This celebration, featuring live music and fireworks, is held from 6-10 p.m. on July 4 at SeaWalk Pavilion, First Street and First Avenue North, Jacksonville Beach. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. 247-6100 ext. 3.

FREEDOM, FANFARE & FIREWORKS
The city of Jacksonville celebrates the Fourth with a free concert by Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and Richard Marx at 4 p.m. on July 4 at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville. The fireworks show Skyblast is held at 9:45 p.m. 630-3690.

FREEDOM RIDE
Freedom Ride 2009 kicks off at 2:30 p.m. (check-in 11 a.m.) on July 4 starting at Adamec Harley-Davidson,
8909 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville and ending at Metropolitan Park. Cost is $35 per rider, $25 per passenger. Tickets are required for admittance. Proceeds benefit the city of Jacksonville’s Military and Veteran Services. 630-3690.

CELEBRATE THE FOURTH
This celebration features live entertainment by Rosco Caine, food and vendors’ booths, starting at 2 p.m. on July 4 at Coleman Park, 150 S. Center St., Baldwin. 266-5032.

ROOFTOP CELEBRATION
A museum tour and rooftop fireworks are offered from 7-10 p.m. on July 4 at the Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Admission is $10. 396-MOSH.

CUMMER MUSEUM
The Summer Garden concert series concludes with The St. Johns River City Band at 7 p.m. on July 4 at Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. Admission is $10. 899-6012.

THE WHITE ROOM
An Independence Day Party is held at 7 p.m. on July 4 on the new rooftop at The White Room, 1 King St., St. Augustine. DJs HU and Natural spin. Tickets are $30 and $50. For reservations, call 824-9056.

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
A free street party and celebration, with live music, dancing and food, are held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 4 beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue in Jacksonville. riversideartsmarket.com or 554-6865.

BEACHES CLEANUP
Volunteers are needed for the annual clean-up day held at 7 a.m. on July 5 at the oceanfront at Atlantic Boulevard, Beach Boulevard and 16th Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach. Bags and gloves provided. 630-3420 or 696-4347.

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