Imagine a 4th of July celebration like the one you remember from your childhood (or from classic movies.) Fireworks, contests, music, plenty of small-town charm - all set against 13 miles of beach. Here are some top picks for festive fun:
Sounds on Centre
July Concert. (Friday night, July 5) Bring your lawn chairs and the family to the foot of Centre Street to enjoy a free concert from crowd favorite, Island Vibe, playing an eclectic mix of music including Elvis Presley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band and much more! 6pm-8pm.
4th of July Hometown Celebration
. For patriotism at its finest, bring the entire family to Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach for waterfront live music, vendors, kids' zone, and everyone's favorite patriotic pet contest! End the evening with show-stopping fireworks over the water. Festivities begin at 5pm, and the fireworks display begins at 9pm.
. Take in the fireworks from the water with one of two special sunset cruises offered by Amelia River Cruises. Departing at 8pm (adult) and 8:30pm (family) and both return around 10pm. Find out more and reserve here
Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tour
. Kick off your July 4th pre-festivities with a two-hour Cocktail Tour. The tour meets behind the Palace Saloon at 5:30pm and has four stops. On each stop, tour guests will meet the bartenders and find out about each bar’s history. To add to the fun, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite bartender to give the bartenders some bragging rights. Cheers!
The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
's annual Red, White, and Deep Blue Celebration. (July 4th) The party begins at 7 p.m. with chef’s mouthwatering menu from the grill including New York Strip Steak, beer can chicken, grilled bratwurst, hamburgers and smoked pork sliders. Seaside favorites including local fish, shrimp, oysters and scallop ceviche will be served along with classic Fourth of July sides and festive salads. The pastry team delights with a lavish display of red, white and blue desserts. Enjoy reserved seating for a dazzling fireworks show set to music at 9:15 p.m. Reservations recommended. $99 per guest, $35 ages 5-12, inclusive. Adult beverage package is also available.
. (July 4th) This time-chipped race will start and finish at Omni Amelia Island Plantation
’s Racquet Park, located next to the Verandah restaurant. Enjoy a scenic run, meandering through the beautiful, tree-canopied resort. Race starts at 8am. Kids fun run starts at 9am. $30 per adult and $20 per child. For more information, contact (904) 277-5195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Weekend Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park
Note that Amelia Island has an ordinance that requires that unattendend items such as chairs, canopies, etc. be removed from the beach or placed in designated storage areas before 8 p.m.
. (Saturday, July 6) Experience life in the fort as it was in 1864 when the Union Army's New York Engineers were in the process of building one of the newest forts in the federal fort system. The grounds will be bustling with reinactors in period costume bringing history alive with stories of growing up in the 1860's. Learn about day to day life from cooking and cleaning to how news traveled, and get close to the Soldiers as they go about their day to day lives.