Service on July 4 available on Anastasia Island starting at 6:00pm
The City of St. Augustine will provide a free Park & Ride Shuttle with support from Ripley’s Red Train Tours and Old Town Trolley Tours on July 4th. Shuttle service will be available from 6:00pm until midnight from the following four parking locations along Anastasia Blvd.:
- Anastasia Baptist Church (1650 A1A South),
- St. Augustine Amphitheatre (1340-C A1A South),
- R.B. Hunt Elementary School (125 Magnolia Dr.) and
- St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park (999 Anastasia Blvd.).
The shuttle will drop passengers at the east end of the Bridge of Lions and pick-up from that location for the return trip following the fireworks. Old Town Trolley Tours and Ripley’s Red Train Tours are providing a dozen buses for the shuttle. Download/print the Park & Ride map at http://www.citystaug.com/fireworks.
Parking: Getting In and Getting Out
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. A summary of the parking details can be found at http://www.citystaug.com/fireworks/QuickPark.php.
Parking in city-owned lots and on the street is free on Wednesday, July 4, as it is on all federal holidays. The Historic Downtown Parking Facility located at 1 Cordova St., adjacent to the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Visitor Information Center, can accommodate 1,200 vehicles. The rate is $15.00 per car, per entry all day.
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 federal holidays. There will be no vehicular access to or from the Castillo’s parking lot on July 4th from 6:00pm until approximately 11:00pm.
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.
The Bridge of Lions will be closed to vehicles from 8:30pm until approximately 11:00pm. The best advice is to arrive early, explore the city, enjoy the show, and be patient during departure.