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Festive 4th on Amelia Island

Posted on June 04, 2018 |
Amelia Island
Festive 4th on Amelia Island
Imagine a 4th of July celebration like the one you remember from your childhood (or from classic movies.) Fireworks, parades, plenty of small-town charm - all set against 13 miles of beach. The ultimate barbeque under the stars, a family-friendly downtown celebration and a lively celebration of the island's history are all possibilities.
Why not celebrate July 4th on Amelia Island (where you can wave the flag (on the one place in America that's been under eight different ones?)  
  • Hometown 4th of July Celebration (July 4th) Join Light up Amelia for a family-friendly 4th of July celebration starting at 5pm in beautiful Downtown Fernandina Beach. There will be live music, an interactive kids zone, vendors and contests, all held at Parking lot B next to the Shrimping Museum. The night will finish with a spectacular fireworks display beginning at 9:15pm.
  • Firecracker 5K  (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) 277-5193 or Tara.Fortner@omnihotels.com.  

  • The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island's  Annual Red, White, and Deep Blue Celebration  (July 4th) Summer’s deep blue Atlantic Ocean provides a dramatic background for an All-American Independence Day Barbecue on The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island’s oceanfront lawn. An all-American celebration of summer beach vacation and Independence Day overlooking the deep blue of the Atlantic. Featuring a barbecue, fun activities, live music and spectacular fireworks show.

  • Fireworks Cruises (July 4th)  take in the show from the water with an Adults BYOB special sunset cruise offered by Amelia River Cruises. Both depart from the downtown marina at 8pm and return around 10pm.  $32 per person. Find out more and reserve here.

  • First Weekend Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park. (July 7th and 8th)  Experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their fine dresses, peddlers displaying their wares, fife players, and drummer boys are all part of the fun.​​

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. 

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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.