4th of July St Augustine Celebration at the Castillo de San Marcos

The big weekend is approaching fast and 4th of July St Augustine preparations are underway! This year our celebrated Independence Day arrives on a Tuesday. It seems as if some will take the weekend off arriving on Friday departing Sunday as a regular weekend getaway and some will arrive on Sunday and stay for the holiday! Whatever you decide, St Augustine won’t disappoint! From the beautiful beaches to the historic landmarks and yes – the 4th of July St Augustine Celebration, the Agustin Inn has you covered for the best location! That’s right stay here and surround yourself with our quaint shops, cobblestone and pedestrian-only streets, fabulous restaurants and much more! If you haven’t stayed in St Augustine for the 4th of July before, you are really in store for a treat!

The 4th of July St Augustine Celebration

St. Augustine’s Fourth of July Celebration at the Castillo de San Marcos includes a live music concert and a spectacular fireworks display over the historic bayfront. This is just steps away from the Agustin Inn.

The Celebration known as  “Fireworks Over the Matanzas” is one of the biggest and best fireworks displays on the East Coast, featuring 5,000 individual shells exploding as high as 2,000 feet and as low as 100 feet.

Starting at 6:00 p.m., the popular local band The All-Star Orchestra performs a two-hour show of big band and swing music along with patriotic favorites and really sets the mood for your 4th of July St Augustine Celebration. The concert is free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to bring lounge chairs for seating.

The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

St. Augustine has been putting on a spectacular fireworks show on July 4th for the last two decades. Lighting up the sky over the waters of Matanzas Bay, with the Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions in the foreground, the “Fireworks Over the Matanzas” display is truly unforgettable. Visitors are welcome to line the streets and sit anywhere along the Bridge of Lions and South Castillo Drive to view the fireworks from downtown.

The 20-minute fireworks show is choreographed to sync with a soundtrack of patriotic music over an extensive sound system that carries over the entire bayfront area. The show is produced by Fireworks by Santore, who also produce fireworks shows for such major entertainment venues as Sea World Orlando and Walt Disney World. Fireworks Over the Matanzas is one of the best places in Florida to catch fireworks on Independence Day.

See below for details on road closures. These closures begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m., so visitors must make sure they are appropriately situated before then!

After the Fireworks Over the Matanzas display, around 10 p.m., guests can visit any one of the historic downtown pubs and restaurants for a late dinner or of course the night cap.

4th of July St Augustine Event Details

Tuesday, July 4, 2017, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Concert from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m, fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. 

All takes place in the downtown St Augustine historic area but some of the best viewing points are on the Castillo de San Marcos Fort Green (arrive early for a good seat as it will be packed) and the Bridge of Lions, which will be closed for all traffic prior to the event.