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A family watches the 2002 edition of Fireworks over the Matanzas from their seat on the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. (Photo courtesy of Mark Cubbedge.)
All Star Orchestra @ 7:00pm
There’s no better place to celebrate the nation’s birthday on Monday, July 4 than in the Nation’s Oldest City and this year Celebrate Liberty, St. Augustine’s Independence Day celebration, will be the highlight of a tremendous four-day weekend holiday for visitors and residents alike.
Returning to the Plaza de la Constitución is one of the region’s most popular bands, the All Star Orchestra. The 18-member orchestra, under the direction of Gary Strohminger, has delighted July 4th audiences for the last four years with their own style of Big Band and Swing favorites all served up with a patriotic flair.
The All Star’s Orchestra’s two hour performance will begin at 7:00pm from the Gazebo in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
The highlight of Celebrate Liberty will come at 9:30pm with Fireworks over the Matanzas, an event that has become synonymous with celebrating Independence Day in St. Augustine. Each July 4, thousands make their way to the city’s Bayfront to enjoy a spectacular aerial display of pyrotechnics, and this year will be no different.
The 20-minute display has been tightly choreographed to a stirring soundtrack of great popular and patriotic music. With the placement of an extensive sound system, the Bayfront between the Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions will become a theatre of sight and sound.
For those watching from outside the Bayfront area, local radio stations WAOC (1420 AM) and WSOS (94.1 FM) will provide a simulcast of the soundtrack so they will hear the soundtrack as well.
Because of the immense popularity of Fireworks over the Matanzas, thousands of visitors will be arriving in the city throughout the day on July 4 and will remain until the conclusion of the fireworks display.
Parking will be available at the Visitors Information Center accessible via Castillo Drive from U.S-1. In addition, all lots along Granada St. behind City Hall will be available throughout the day.
To increase the viewing area along the Bayfront, no traffic will be allowed on S. Castillo Dr. and Avenida Menendez from San Marco Ave. to the Bridge of Lions from 8:30pm until 10:30pm. In addition, the Bridge of Lions itself will be closed to all traffic from 8:30pm until 10:30pm.
The St. Augustine Police Department, in cooperation with neighboring law enforcement agencies, has a traffic control plan in place to move vehicles as safely and quickly as possible out of the downtown area following the fireworks, but because of the narrow streets and the limited departure routes the exit will take some time. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take time to linger after the show and to eat or visit some of the late night shops downtown and then make a more leisurely exit from downtown. The key is to be patient.
Those not wishing to view the fireworks should avoid the downtown area and be aware that following the fireworks, at approximately 10:00pm, outlying routes such as US-1, SR-A1A, SR-312 and SR-207 will experience heavy traffic.
Those attending Celebrate Liberty events should remember two important safety rules that will be strictly enforced:
Violators of either of these two prohibitions will be issued citations by the St. Augustine Police Department. Also, under a new city ordinance, anyone in procession of illegal fireworks will have them confiscated as well as receiving a citation. What fireworks are illegal? If it explodes or leaves the ground, it is illegal.
Those who make it all possible
Although the City of St. Augustine produces Celebrate Liberty, the grand event would not be possible without a lot of support from the community.
The display is a production of Fireworks by Santore and the sound system is managed by Webb Electronics of St. Augustine. Funding for Fireworks over the Matanzas comes from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council with additional support from Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.
For more information on Celebrate Liberty call the City of St. Augustine Department of Public Affairs at 904.825.1004.
For more information on other events in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches, visit www.getaway4florida.com.
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