Fireworks Over The Matanzas
1 South Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084
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 Fireworks Over The Matanzas.
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.
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.
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.
Where are the best spots to view the fireworks?
The best viewing spots are along the bayfront between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. You can also reserve tickets to climb to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse for a great view.
Where can I park?
View our parking guide here for information about garage parking, street parking, and the ParkStAug app.
Other July 4th Weekend Things to Do
In addition to firework celebrations, there are plenty of things to do throughout the holiday.
Free Live Music
On July 3rd, enjoy the Music by the Sea Concert, a free weekly concert series at the St. Johns County Pier from 7-9 p.m. Ain’t 2 Proud will be performing at 6 p.m.
Free Art Walk Downtown
The first Friday of the month is Art Walk in downtown St. Augustine. Stroll through local galleries from 5-9 p.m. to see new exhibits and enjoy refreshments and live music. Tour maps are available at participating galleries or online.