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Parking for 4th of July 2016

Free Park 'n Ride Shuttle

This is the best way to beat the parking challenge!
  • Get a printable Park 'n Ride Shuttle map by clicking here
  • Connect with a Park 'n Ride Shuttle clickable Google map by clicking here
  • Get a printable Park 'n Ride Shuttle schedule flyer (no links to the maps) by clicking here

Two Routes: Mainland and Anastasia Island

The mainland shuttle, operating on Saturday-Monday, July 2-4, from 10:00am until 1:00am (following day) will bring passengers to the Visitor Information Center, 10 S. Castillo Dr.

The island shuttle, operating only on Monday, July 4, from 6:00pm until 1:00am (following day) will bring passengers to the east end of the Bridge of Lions.

Both shuttles will run continuously serving each location approximately every 20 minutes.

Mainland Route / Saturday, Sunday, Monday, July 2, 3, 4 10:00am - 1:00am (following day)
Continuous service to and from the Visitor Information Center

  • St. Johns County Administration Building*
    500 San Sebastian View (map)
  • St. Johns County Health Department*
    200 San Sebastian View (map)
  • San Marco Ave. 301 San Marco Ave (map)

Island Route / Monday, July 4 6:00pm - 1:00am (following day)
Continuous service to and from the east end of the Bridge of Lions

  • Anastasia Baptist Church*
    1650 A1A South (map)
  • St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
    1340-C A1A South (map)
  • R. B. Hunt Elementary School*
    125 Magnolia Dr. with pick-up on Anastasia Blvd. (map)
  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
    999 Anastasia Blvd. (map)

    * handicap accessible

For a printable copy of the above schedule (including map links), click here.

The Park 'n Ride Shuttle is a free service sponsored by the City of St. Augustine with the cooperation of St. Johns County Administration, St. Johns County Health Department, R. B Hunt Elementary School, Anastasia Baptist Church, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, and Old Town Trolley Tours.

Additional Parking THIS Weekend

For Saturday-Monday, July 2-4, free parking availability near the downtown will increase by over 400 spaces with the opening of a parking area just west of U.S. 1 on King St.

Located at the corner of W. King St. and Hartsthorn St. (click here for a map), the lot is approximately one mile, a 20 minute walk, to the Bayfront. There is no shuttle service available to or from the W. King St. lot.

The Historic Downtown Parking Facility located at the Visitors Information Center can accommodate 1,200 vehicles. The rate is $12 per car per entry. Parking in city owned lots and on-street is free on Sundays and on July 4, as it is on all federal holidays, with the largest concentration of surface parking located on Granada St. behind the Lightner Building (click here for a map).

Parking in the lot at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is not free and is enforced by the National Park Service from 8:00am - 5:00pm, seven days a week, including Sundays and federal holidays. The best way to miss the traffic if not taking the Park 'n Ride Shuttle, is to arrive early and stay late so as to enjoy downtown before and after Fireworks Over The Matanzas.

Getting In and Getting Out

St. Augustine's Old World streets are a key component of its Old World charm and a challenge when dispersing large numbers of vehicles, but the St. Augustine Police Department has refined a traffic plan that moves vehicles safely and as quickly as possible out of the downtown area following the show.

Rerouting of traffic begins at 8:30pm and will include prohibiting vehicular traffic on the Bridge of Lions, Avenida Menendez and S. Castillo Dr. in order to accommodate the vast number of pedestrians. Also there will be no access to or from the Castillo’s parking lot on July 4th from 6:00pm until approximately 11:00pm.

Following the show, King St. and W. Castillo Dr. will be dedicated to west-bound traffic out of the downtown to Ponce de Leon Blvd. (U.S. 1). Traffic signals in the downtown area, along Ponce de Leon Blvd. (U.S. 1), Anastasia Blvd., and State Roads 312, 207 and 16 will be monitored to facilitate traffic flow.

The best advice is to arrive early, explore the city, enjoy the show, and be patient during departure.

Arriving by Water?

The Bridge of Lions will not open for marine traffic from 8:30pm until 10:30pm. Vessels will be prohibited in an area north of the Bridge of Lions to a point approximately in line with Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Water based law enforcement will patrol Matanzas Bay and will notify vessels of the prohibited area.

Riding a Bicycle?

A growing trend in recent years has been the use of bicycles by those who live close to downtown or to take advantage of perimeter parking areas and bike the last mile to downtown. Bicycle parking sites are located throughout the downtown making it easy to secure your bike before going to dinner or taking that pre-fireworks stroll. Click here to see locations of permanent bicycle parking. There will also be temporary bicycle parking locations set up at Ponce Circle (map) and on the north side of the Visitor Information Center (map).