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Celebrating Independence Day Downtown on the St. Johns River

July 02, 2013
Join the City of Jacksonville and Walmart in celebrating our nation’s independence at the annual 4th of July Celebration. Activities kick off at 4 p.m. with live entertainment at The Jacksonville Landing and fun, family-friendly activities on the Northbank near the Landing and Southbank at Friendship Fountain. The events will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display over the Downtown riverfront. The show will begin at 9:45 p.m.
The fireworks can be viewed from both the Northbank and Southbank of the St. Johns River. Fireworks will be launched from barges near The Jacksonville Landing and the Hyatt Jacksonville Regency Riverfront.
Several Downtown city parking garages and lots will be open and charge a small fee per vehicle. Boaters can dock on the Northbank, Southbank and the Metropolitan Park Marina for a maximum of 72 hours in areas not marked as closed to view the fireworks. Docking will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so boaters are encouraged to arrive early and show their patriotic spirit. Jacksonville’s S.S. Marine Taxi and JTA Skyway will also provide transportation services.
Please Note: 4th of July Celebration Activities will take place rain or shine.

Street/Bridges Closures

Hogan Street from Water Street to the St. Johns River
Closed: Thursday, July 4 at 7 a.m. – Friday, July 5 at 2 a.m.
Sister Cities parking area from Hogan Street to the cul-de-sac
Closed: Thursday, July 4 at 7 a.m. – Friday, July 5 at 2 a.m.
Independent Drive from Hogan Street East to Laura Street
Closed: Thursday, July 4 at 7 a.m. – Friday, July 5 at 2 a.m.
Coastline Drive from The Jacksonville Landing to Newnan Street
Closed: Thursday, July 4 at 7 a.m. – Friday, July 5 at 2 a.m.
The Main St. Bridge and Acosta Bridge will be closed during the fireworks show and will reopen immediately following the show cleanup.

The bridges will remain closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic from the start of the fireworks show until show cleanup is complete.


Special Events Rate: $5 - $10
Lots and garages open at 5 p.m.
The following city parking garages and lots will be open on Thursday, July 4:
-         West Lot, 300 Courthouse Drive
-         Water Street Garage, 541 Water Street
-         Bay St. & Ocean St. Lot, 112 E. Bay Street
-         Forsyth St. Lot, Corner of Main & Forsyth streets
-         Yates Garage, 200 E. Adams Street

Additional Parking

For a listing of additional parking including public and private lots and metered spaces, visit  

S.S. Marine Taxi Service

-         Thursday, July 4, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
-          Hours are subject to change due to weather conditions
-          Rates: Downtown Locations (one way)
·         Adults $3
·         Seniors and children ages 3 – 12, $2
·         Children 2 years and under are free
-         Runs between the North and South banks of the St. Johns River
-         Stops are located at The Jacksonville Landing, Friendship Fountain Park,
          the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront, the Wyndham Jacksonville
          Riverwalk and the Metropolitan Park Marina.
For more information: (904) 733-7782 or


-         Thursday, July 4
5 p.m. - midnight
-          Free Admission

Northbank Stations

·         Hemming Plaza Station (Monroe and Hogan streets)
·         Central Station (Bay and Pearl streets)
·         Rosa L. Parks Station (Hogan and State streets)
·         Convention Center Station (Bay and Johnson streets)
·         Jefferson Station (Bay and Jefferson streets)

Southbank Stations

·         San Marco Station (San Marco Boulevard and Mary Street)
·         Riverplace Station (Mary Street near Flagler Avenue)
·         Kings Avenue Station (Prudential Drive and Kings Avenue)
For more information: (904) 630-3110 or

Boat Docking and Anchoring

-         Docking on the Northbank and Southbank and at the Metropolitan Park        
          Marina is first-come, first-served in areas not marked as closed
-         Docking is allowed for a maximum of 72 hours
-         No anchoring between the Main and Acosta Bridge
-         No anchoring west of the Duval County School Board Building to the
          Main Street Bridge
-         No open flames or open flame grills allowed on boats at or on city docks
-         For more information: (904) 630-0839 or


-         Luigi
-         Miss Elaine’s
-         Ronnie Thorton
-         Snowie Queen

More Information

(904) 630-3690