Spending 4th of July in St Augustine

4th of July St Augustine

IMAGE_1_29062010144432.jpgSt. Augustine shines year round. This can be confirmed by anyone who has visited and actually stayed in the heart of the historic district at one of the St. Augustine bed and breakfast inns! One holiday weekend it lights up (literally) is Independence Day! Reserve with us ahead if you plan on getting anywhere close that weekend (including Monday night) as rooms are selling quickly!

Holidays are built around traditions and few holidays have more great family traditions than the Fourth of July: great food, outdoor band concerts, a day with friends and family, and of course, fireworks! They all come together in a grand celebration and there’s no better place to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day than in the Nation’s Oldest City and no better way than watching one of the most amazing Firework Shows in Florida right on the lawn of the historic Castillo de San Marcos! Here at the Agustin Inn we promise one thing and that is hands-down the most convenient location for all the action! This means no parking, no driving, no wait to get through the crowds, simply walk back to the inn or maybe have a late dinner and a stroll down St. George Street to take advantage of the late business hours!

Check out this packed lineup of 4th of July events in St. Augustine! You might want to get an early start!

6:00pm – The All Star Orchestra

First, there’s music

Starting at 6:00pm one of the region’s most popular big bands, The All Star Orchestra, returns to the Plaza de la Constitución for a two-hour show filled with big band and swing music along with all the traditional patriotic favorites. The All Star Orchestra’s performance from the Plaza’s Gazebo runs from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. The concert is free and those attending should bring lounge chairs for seating.

9:30pm – Fireworks Over the Matanzas

Then there’s fireworks!

Fireworks over the Matanzas, the highlight of St. Augustine’s traditional July 4th activities, has become synonymous with celebrating Independence Day in the Nation’s Oldest City. The spectacular aerial display of pyrotechnics high over Matanzas Bay begins at 9:30pm. Grab a lawn chair or a blanket and head out early as it gets close to the show, it becomes harder to grab the best viewing spot. Tip: the higher up you go, the better!

The 20-minute display is tightly choreographed to a stirring soundtrack of great popular and patriotic music delivered over an extensive sound system transforming the entire Bayfront between the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the Bridge of Lions into a theatre of sight and sound!

For over two decades Fireworks Over The Matanzas has been produced by Fireworks by Santore, a company based in nearby Flagler County, that’s been in the fireworks business for over 125 years. Fireworks Over The Matanzas is just one of more than 250 shows produced by Fireworks by Santore annually including shows for Daytona International Speedway, Sea World Orlando, Walt Disney World and a large number of corporate and private events all across the country.

This year’s Fireworks Over The Matanzas will include 5,000 individual shells ranging in size from 1″ to 12″ in diameter. Some will explode as low as 100 feet above Matanzas Bay, others as high as 2,000 feet and everywhere in between. In addition to St. Augustine, Santore crews will be firing shows in 40 other locations on July 4 to celebrate our nation’s birthday.


Enjoy downtown after the show