How to enjoy Fireworks over the Matanzas without parking stress!

Posted by: Cathy Eng in Local Activities, Local Events, News

Look no further for your 4th of July fireworks plans! Head over to the Old City to take in the impressive bayfront light show known as Fireworks over the Matanzas.

Plan to arrive early to stroll down St. George Street, browse shops, enjoy a cold treat and take in the live music at the Plaza de la Constitución, which will play from 6 to 8 p.m.

Then, make your way over to the waterfront between Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions to get a good spot for the show! Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. The spectacular 20-minute display is choreographed to patriotic and pop music.


Fireworks over the Matanzas attracts thousands of spectators to a small area in the city and parking can be an issue. Here are a few options to avoid parking stress:

1. To avoid the majority of crowds, consider heading over to watch from Vilano Beach where the view will also be fantastic!

2. The City of St. Augustine will provide a free parking and shuttle service on a first-come-first-serve basis from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Shuttle riders will be dropped off and picked up on the east side of the Bridge of Lions. Here are the parking locations where you can park and ride for free:

  • Anastasia Baptist Church: 1650 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080
  • St. Augustine Amphitheatre: 1340-C A1A S, St. Augustine FL 32080
  • R.B. Hunt Elementary School: 125 Magnolia Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32080
  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm: 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080


3. After the fireworks, stick around! Plenty of Old City businesses will have extended hours, allowing you to relax and enjoy shops and restaurants while the traffic dies down.

See you on July 4 in the Old City!


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