ADA Compliance
The City of St. Augustine remains committed to providing accessibility to all and provides for handicapped accessible parking in the city. For a map of accessible parking locations, Click Here To notify the city regarding accessibility concerns contact: Will Franke, Building Official, Phn: 904.825.1065, Fax: 904.209.4335, Email: wfranke@citystaug.com; or Todd Grant, Public Works Deputy Director, Phn: 904.825.1040, Fax: 904.209.4286, Email: tgrant@citystaug.com. You may also write either of these contacts at City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.

Consumer Confidence Report
The City of St. Augustine remains committed to providing clean and safe drinking water. For the previous year's sampling results please click here. To notify the city regarding water treatment concerns contact: Patrick Timoney, Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, Phn: 904.825.1044, Fax: 904.823-2280, Email: ptimoney@citystaug.com; or woperators@citystaug.com, or write the City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.

Fireworks Over The Matanzas

St. Augustine’s Great July 4th Tradition

6:00pm - Concert by the 13th Army Band

8:30pm - Traffic detours begin

9:30pm - Fireworks!

 

Holidays are built around traditions and few holidays have more great family traditions than the Fourth of July: great food, outdoor band concerts, a day with friends and family, and of course, fireworks! They all come together in a grand celebration of Independence Day and there’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in the Nation’s Oldest City.


First, there’s music

 Starting at 6:00pm the City of St. Augustine will welcomes the 13th Army Band to the Plaza de la Constitución for a concert with traditional patriotic favorites and popular pieces appropriate for Independence Day.

Serving the State of Florida, the nation, and local communities since 1906, the citizen-soldiers of the 13th Army Band is today one of the 71 Reserve bands stationed throughout the United States. As the official military band of Florida, unit members have enjoyed performing for many official State functions, such as the Governor's Inauguration, official visits of United States dignitaries including the President of the United States, and numerous foreign leaders. The band has performed throughout the southern United States, Dominican Republic, Panama, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Morocco for all branches of the Armed Forces and State Department.

In times of disaster, the band has supported the needs of local communities in multiple roles, including providing relief supplies from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach during Hurricane Wilma for the residents of South Florida. The 13th Army Band provides music for all occasions with eight distinctive ensembles. Band members are citizen-soldiers who serve their communities as students, teachers, administrators, clerks, police officers and any other role you find in every community. What makes them unique is their service to their country as soldier's whose military mission is music.

Those attending the concert will want to bring lounge chairs for seating.

Then there’s fireworks!

Fireworks over the Matanzas, the highlight of July 4 in St. Augustine, has become synonymous with celebrating Independence Day in the Nation’s Oldest City. The spectacular aerial display of pyrotechnics high over Matanzas Bay begins at 9:30pm. Unfortunately, the music for the fireworks will not be simulcast over any radio stations this year.

Link to see the latest advertisement for Friday's Fireworks over the Matanzas

Parking

St. Augustine’s annual Fireworks Over The Matanzas draws more people--and cars--into the downtown area than any other single event all year long.

A growing trend in recent years has been the use of bicycles by those who live close to downtown or carpooling with friends to minimize the number of cars in need of a place to park.

The Historic Downtown Parking Facility (click here for a map) can accommodate 1,200 vehicles and for July 4th will be charging a flat $7.00 for all day parking.

Public parking in city owned parking lots will be free on July 4th with the largest concentration of available parking located on Granada Street (click here for a map).

Enjoy downtown after the show

Over the years 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 fireworks. This plan includes using King Street’s turning lane as a drive lane exiting downtown. Also in an effort to move vehicles out of the Historic Downtown Parking Facility all of West Castillo Dr. will be westbound to Ponce de Leon Blvd. 

A growing number of people are choosing to remain downtown after the fireworks for a bite to eat or take in some of the shops that have extended hours for the holiday. Given the choice between spending time strolling downtown with friends and family or sitting in traffic wasting gas, more and more are taking their time.

Rerouting of traffic will begin at 8:30pm and will include closing of the Temporary Bridge of Lions, Avenida Menendez and South Castillo Drive to all vehicular traffic turning the downtown into a pedestrian friendly zone.

Those not wishing to view the fireworks should avoid the downtown area and be aware that following the fireworks outlying routes such as US-1, SR-A1A, SR-312 and SR-207 will experience heavy traffic.

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. Those found with such fireworks will be subject to citation or arrest and will have prohibited fireworks confiscated. The cost of the citation is $100.00.

Simply put: have a great time with friends and family, but keep it safe and legal.

Those who make it all possible

The City of St. Augustine produces Fireworks Over The Matanzas but the grand event would not be possible without a lot of support from the community.

Funding for Fireworks over the Matanzas comes from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council with additional support from:

Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.

The St. Augustine Record

Historic St. Augustine Area Council / St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce.

The display is a production of Santore and Sons, and the sound system is managed by Webb Electronics of St. Augustine.

For more information on other events in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches, visit www.getaway4florida.com, or OldCity.com.

*** *** *** *** *** *** ***

Traffic Summary

Street Closures on July 4th

All day

  • Charlotte St. between King St. and Cathedral Pl.

8:30pm until 10:30pm

  • The Temporary Bridge of Lions

  • S. Castillo Dr. and Avenida Menendez north of the Temporary Bridge of Lions

  • Cathedral Pl. from Avenida Menendez to Cordova St.

  • Orange St. from S. Castillo Dr. to Ponce de Leon Blvd. (US 1)

Detours in effect from 8:30pm until 10:30pm

  • King St. will be two-way

  • King St. eastbound will turn south on Avenida Menendez (detour routed to South St. to Riberia St. to King St.)

  • Avenida Menendez northbound will turn west on King St.

  • San Marco Ave. southbound will turn west on W. Castillo Dr. to Ponce de Leon Blvd. (US 1)

  • W. Castillo Dr. eastbound will turn north on San Marco Ave.

  • Anastasia Blvd. westbound may not cross the Temporary Bridge of Lions

 Parking

The Historic Downtown Parking Facility at the Visitors Information Center can accommodate 1,200 cars. The cost is $7.00 for all day.

  • All public parking on surface lots and streets throughout the city will be available at no charge throughout the day.