Fireworks over the Matanzas 2012

Paul Williamson, Public Affairs Director for the City of St Augustine, informed local Historic City News reporters that the Independence Day fireworks display over Matanzas Bay is the largest single-event audience in the City each year.

While an exact count of all who see “Fireworks over the Matanzas” is not possible, 100,000+ is not unrealistic considering that the show is seen from a 360° vantage point, including the Bridge of Lions, the Bayfront and the Castillo grounds; the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios; the Vilano Boat Ramp park; and Porpoise Point and Davis Shores.

Important times to remember:

6:00pm – 8:00pm: The All Star Orchestra in a two-hour free concert of patriotic favorites with big band flair in the Plaza de la Constitución’s Gazebo.

8:30pm: Road closures and detours begin, including the closing of the Bridge of Lions. Roads will reopen as soon after 10:30pm as possible.

9:30pm: Fireworks over the Matanzas

Helpful web sites: schedule of events, road closures, detours. map-links to municipal parking lots and info on the parking facility

Then, after the 4th…

Thursday, July 5 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm
“Concerts in the Plaza” continues its summer-long, every-Thursday night series when the Ancient City Brass entertains with popular band music.

Friday, July 6 / 10:00am – 2:00pm
Meet the Archaeologist at The VIC, part of the opening of a new exhibit looking at the extraordinary life of 18th century St. Augustine through ordinary items uncovered by the city’s archaeologist and volunteers. The free exhibit is open daily 8:30am-5:30pm in The VIC.


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