Fireworks Over the Matanzas

Sunday, July 4, 2021


Click here for map of Public Restrooms for July 4, 2021

Fireworks and American flag

Schedule of Events:

6:00pm -  The All-Star Orchestra will provide two hours of Big Band Music with a Patriotic Flair in the Plaza de la Constitución's Gazebo, in the heart of downtown.

9:30pm - Fireworks Over the Matanzas, a stunning fireworks display with a stirring soundtrack. See it all from the downtown Bayfront, the Bridge of Lions, Vilano Beach, and more! 

Remember: Alcohol is prohibited on public property, including parks, streets, and sidewalks.  Possession of fireworks that explode or leave the ground is illegal.

Parking and Traffic

Parking in city-owned lots and in on-street spaces is free on Sunday, July 4, as it is on all federal holidays. Drivers are encouraged to confirm that they are parked in a city-owned lot and not a private lot where towing may be enforced by the lot owner.

The Historic Downtown Parking Facility, adjacent to the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Visitor Information Center at 1 Cordova St., offers parking for $15.00 per car, per entry or $3.00 with the ParkNow Card.

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.

With satellite parking and shuttle service not available this year, there will be limited parking throughout the downtown area. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and use the Historic Downtown Parking Facility and parking lots throughout the downtown area. With multitudes of pedestrians and increased bicycle traffic, those in vehicles are asked to take extra precaution and to please be patient.

Street Closures

Rerouting of traffic begins at 8:00pm and continues until 11:00pm and includes prohibiting vehicular traffic on the Bridge of Lions, Avenida Menendez, Cathedral Pl., and S. Castillo Dr. Additional street closures include:

  • Picolata Rd. between US-1 & San Marco Ave. (8:00pm – 11:00pm)
  • San Carlos between US-1 & San Marco Ave. (8:00pm – 11:00pm)
  • King St will have two westbound lanes, and one eastbound lane, west of MLK Blvd. (8:00pm – 11:30pm)
  • King St. will have one westbound lane and one eastbound lane, east of MLK up to Avenida Menendez
  • There will be NO east bound traffic on W. Castillo from US-1 to N. Cordova (8:00pm – 11:30pm)
  • N. Cordova will be closed from Orange St. to the entrance to the Historic Downtown Parking Facility (8:00pm – 11:00pm)

Arriving by Water

The Bridge of Lions will not open for marine traffic, starting after the 8:00pm opening, until approximately 11:00pm. 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. View the No Boat Zone map. Marine law enforcement will patrol Matanzas Bay and notify vessels in violation of the prohibited area.

The St. Augustine Municipal Marina is currently holding a wait-list for overnight reservations and will have limited hourly dockage on the 4th of July, as well as throughout the holiday weekend. Contact the marina directly on VHF CH 16 or CH 71 for availability and docking instructions.

Fireworks over the Matanzas is produced by the City of St. Augustine with support funding from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.

Matanzas Bay Restricted Area


In order to ensure a safe and quality show, the firing area is designated as a NO BOATS SAFETY ZONE and the Bridge of Lions will restrict its schedule of openings.

All vessels must remain clear of the designated area starting at 6:00pm, July 4. This area may shift slightly to the north or south based on weather conditions at the scheduled time of firing.

The NO BOAT ZONE will be strictly enforced by maritime law enforcement agencies. In addition the Bridge of Lions will be closed to vessel traffic from 8:00pm – 11:00pm.

For more information, click here,

The NO BOATS SAFETY ZONE is illustrated by the dotted lines on the satellite image to the right.  La

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