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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.

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 them 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!

Personnel from the St. Augustine Fire Department and the St. Johns County Emergency Medical Services will patrol the downtown throughout the evening, staging out of an area at the corner of S. Castillo Dr. and Cuna St.  That same area will also be equipped with a "cool zone trailer," a facility allowing those feeling overwhelmed by the heat to rest for a few minutes, often a good way to avoid heat exhaustion.