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Around Town on the 4th of July

Enjoy Downtown After the Show

Many visitors attending Fireworks Over The Matanzas remain downtown at the conclusion of the show for a late dinner or to visit the shops that have learned the value of extended hours on July 4th. Given the choice between spending time strolling downtown with friends and family or waiting in traffic, more and more people are taking their time for departure.

Public restroom availability

There are a dozen restroom locations throughout the downtown including permanent facilities and temporary ones available only on July 4. For a printable map showing the locations of all of these facilities and their hours of availability, click here.

Keep it safe and legal

Those attending Fireworks Over The Matanzas should remember two important safety rules that will be strictly enforced:
  • Alcohol is prohibited on public property, including parks, streets and sidewalks; and
  • Possession of fireworks that explode or leave the ground is illegal and those found with such fireworks will have prohibited fireworks confiscated and be subject to $100 citation or arrest.
Simply put: Have a great time with friends and family, but keep it safe and legal! In the event medical assistance is needed, the St. Augustine Fire Department along with St. Johns County Emergency Medical Services will have a base station at the main entrance to the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and will have personnel roving on bicycles throughout the evening.

Special information from the National Park Service

A favorite place for many years to view Fireworks Over The Matanzas is from the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. For those doing so, the National park Service as a number of reminders about activity on the grounds. Read the information by clicking here.