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By Jacqueline Guthart, DVI Intern

Wondering what to do this Fourth of July Weekend? Come to #DTJax in your patriotic garb for music, libations, great food, fireworks and much more!

        It’s a Very Jaws Holiday at Hourglass Pub

July 2 | 7 p.m.- 2 a.m.

Specials: $5 cover and $3 Narragansett tall boys

Celebrate your Fourth of July Weekend at Hourglass Pub and CoffeehouseCome in your best Jaws costume to get a free beer from Narragansett on the house! Watch Jaws on the big screen at 7 p.m. and jam out to Dirty Pete at 10 p.m. Stay around to enter the Jaws costume contest at 12 p.m. This celebration only costs $5 cover and Narragansett tall boys will only be $3!

        Florida Theatre’s Summer Movie Classics: Top Gun

July 3 | 2 p.m.

Cost: $7.50

As part of its Summer Movie Classics’ program and in celebration of America’s Birthday, the Florida Theatre will be showing an American classic, Top Gun. Buy your tickets here.

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Independence Day Celebration with The Jacksonville Suns

July 3 | 6 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Cheer on the Jacksonville Suns as they battle against the Tennessee Smokies. After the game, enjoy a fireworks show while listening to some of America’s most beloved songs. Buy your tickets here.

Fourth of July Celebration at The Jacksonville Landing

July 4 | 3 p.m.- 1 a.m.

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Come out to The Jacksonville Landing to enjoy food, drinks, live music and more right on the St. Johns River. Enjoy the view of #DTJax’s skyline and watch a magical firework show! Best of all, it’s entirely free!

        $4 Fourth of July at MOSH and Fireworks at Friendship Fountain

July 4 | 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Cost: $4

In honor of Independence Day, ticket prices at MOSH will only be $4! Walk through time and space to discover the secrets of dinosaurs, whales, the Timucua Indian Tribe, the galaxy and more. Check out MOSH’s summer exhibit Darwin & Dinosaurs, get up close and personal with native critters in the Florida Naturalist’s Center and journey to the edge of the universe in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium.  After a fun day at the museum, stay in #DTJax for a firework show at Friendship Fountain at 9:45 p.m.

       RAM’s Annual Independence Day Party

July 4 |  6- 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Join the Riverside Art Market for live music featuring Complicated Animals (6- 7:30 p.m.) and Billy and Bella (8- 9:45p.m.). Sip on beers from some of Jacksonville’s favorite breweries and enjoy delectable eats from food trucks while enjoying a firework show from under the Fuller Warren Bridge.

bb’s Restaurant “Backyard BBQ”

July 4| 4 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Celebrate the 4th at the 2nd annual “Backyard BBQ” at bb’s. Enjoy St. Louis ribs, sausage dogs, corn on the cob, “Freedom Fries,” homemade mango lemonade and more! You can also pick up to-go meals on the way down to watch fireworks on the river.

        Mark’s Jacksonville’s $4 Freedom Cocktails

July 4 | Doors open at 6 p.m.

Specials: $4 Freedom Cocktails

Make your Fourth of July in #DTJax a night that you won’t forget! Grab friends and go to Mark’s Jacksonville and experience Downtown’s premiere nightlife. Sip on their special of the night, $4 Freedom Cocktails, and dance the night stress away!

July 4th Celebration at River City Brewing Company

July 4 | 5- 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $13.95 for Adults, $9.95 for Children

Enjoy an all-American buffet at River City Brewing Company’s Brew House Lounge and Deck. Eat as many American classics as your heart desires, including hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, potato salad, coleslaw and more, right on the St. Johns River. Afterwards watch a fireworks show next door at Friendship Fountain at 9:45 p.m.

First Wednesday Art Walk: Red, White and BBQ

July 6 | 5- 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Put on your best red, white and blue and come out to July’s Art Walk! Keep the celebration going with live music by The Band Be Easy, art work by local vendors, delectable eats in the Regions Bank Food Truck lot, a party at the Jacksonville Landing’s Front Porch and more than 60+ participating venues in #DTJax! Keep the party going throughout the night with Art Walk After Dark in The Elbow.

Red, White and Bluau at Myth Nightclub and Element Bistro
July 1 – 5 | 9:30 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Cost: $10 at the door
Get ready for a party in the U.S.A. at Myth Nightclub and Element Bistro all weekend long. Doors open at Myth Nightclub at 9:30 p.m. every night with live music, dancers and drink specials all night. Element Bistro is open for lunch, happy hour and dinner with a special Downtown Fireworks Spectacular on Monday with cocktails, BBQ and more.

For more information on the nightlife scene, look at weekly happenings in #TheElbowJax and download our free #DTJax app today!

 

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DVI Updates 

 

Red, White and BBQ Art Walk:
 
One week until First Wednesday Art Walk – Red, White and BBQ. Continue the celebration with live music by The Band Be Easy, local art, delicious brews and more! Plus, don’t miss the Front Porch at The Landing and Art Walk After Dark in The Elbow. For more information, check out our website. So get on your most patriotic garb and we’ll see you July 6!

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We Have an App! #DTJax
 
Our new app, #DTJax, is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. It’s the best way to know what is going on, with a full list of our events, things to do and places to eat and drink. The app also provides information that can be found on our website including parking, hotel options and various directories.
Download today so you can know what’s up Downtown!

 

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We need to hear your opinion! Please take just a few minutes and fill out this survey. In doing so, you’ll be helping to shape our #DTJax parklet program!

 

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St. John’s River Taxi and Tours:
 
With the warmer, summer weather here to stay for awhile, enjoy it on the water with the St. John’s River Taxi! The River Taxi is now available for eco tours, Jacksonville Zoo trips and sunset river cruises.

 

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Running every thirty minutes, the river taxi stops at the Northbank Riverwalk at The Landing, the Southbank at Friendship Fountain, Southbank at the The Doubletree Hotel, Southbank Riverwalk at The Lexington Hotel and at Metropolitan Park during special events. For more information, visit their website here.

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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By Morgan Ray, DVI Intern

 

With June being National Candy Month, here are some popular places in #DTJax to find some sweet treats. Whether you’re looking for chocolate, candy or even a cocktail or two, #DTJax is the place to go!

We have even featured some of the Downtown Vision staff favorites to help you choose!

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Salted Caramel Apple Brûlée

Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails

400 N. Hogan Street
Monday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Located in the same building as Sweet Pete’s, the Candy Apple Cafe + Cocktails features a full restaurant plus a cocktail bar with candy inspired drinks! Check out the Happy Hours as well as the dinner specials.

UNF Intern, Morgan loves that brunch is served all day!

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The Jacksonville Landing
2 Independent Drive
Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday noon-5:30 p.m.

Located just inside the lobby of The Landing, Coastal Cookies gives you a variety of freshly baked cookies everyday. They offer flavors like chocolate chip, oatmeal and peanut butter, which you can buy individually or by the pound.

UF Intern, Jackie loves the Chocolate Chip Cookie!

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The Brooklyn Riverside
90 Riverside Avenue
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Based out of St. Augustine, The Hyppo offers all-natural fruit popsicles in hundreds of flavors. The flavors can range from Straight-Up Strawberry and Key Lime to Blueberry Lavender Lemonade and Dark Roast Espresso. Check them out this summer to cool off and try a seasonal summer pop!

Art Walk Guru, Hana loves the Straight Up Strawberry popsicle!

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Misk’i Brownie Milky Way Caramel Cheesecake

Mocha Misk’i

209 N. Laura Street
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Visit Mocha Misk’i for some of the best brownies you’ll ever have. With numerous flavors such as Cookies n’Crème, Cowboy Blondies and even gluten-free and vegan options, you’re sure to find one you like.

Communications and Research Maven, Haleigh enjoys the Vegan Brownies!

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Peterbrooke Chocolatier

100 W. Bay Street
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday noon-5 p.m.

Founded in 1983 in Jacksonville, Peterbrooke Chocolatier features an assortment of chocolate desserts and treats.  A few of the favorites include the popular chocolate covered popcorn, chocolate covered oreos as well as gift baskets for any occasion.

CEO and Fearless Leader, Jake loves the Sea Salt Caramel gelato!

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Sweet Pete’s

400 N. Hogan Street
Monday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visit Sweet Pete’s to see the hundreds of different types of candy and chocolate made on location. Be sure to check out a few of the Candy Making Classes as well!

Administrator Supreme, Cheryl’s favorite treat from Sweet Pete’s is its Sea Salt Caramel, while Marketing Artiste, Kat favors the Peanut Butter Melt-Aways!

Visit our website for more sweet information on #DTJax!

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DVI Updates 

 

We Have an App! #DTJax
 
Now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play, #DTJax is our new app for Downtown. It’s the best way to know what is going on, with a full list of our events, things to do and places to eat and drink. The app also provides information that can be found on our website including parking, hotel options and various directories.
Download today so you can know what’s up Downtown!

 

DTJax App Rack Card

Red, White and BBQ Art Walk:
 
Two weeks until First Wednesday Art Walk – Red, White and BBQ. Continue the celebration with live music by The Band Be Easy, local art, delicious brews and more! Plus, don’t miss the Front Porch at The Landing and Art Walk After Dark in The Elbow. For more information, check out our website and we’ll see you July 6!

 

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Take our Parklet Survey:
 
We need to hear your opinion! Please take just a few minutes and fill out this survey. In doing so, you’ll be helping to shape our #DTJax parklet program!


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St. John’s River Taxi and Tours:
 
With the warmer, summer weather here to stay for awhile, enjoy it on the water with the St. John’s River Taxi! The River Taxi is now available for eco tours, Jacksonville Zoo trips and sunset river cruises.

 

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Running every thirty minutes, the river taxi stops at the Northbank Riverwalk at The Landing, the Southbank at Friendship Fountain, Southbank at the The Doubletree Hotel, Southbank Riverwalk at The Lexington Hotel and at Metropolitan Park during special events. For more information, visit their website here.

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

We’re a tech-savvy city and now we’ve got an app to match! Have you ever found yourself looking for something to do, trying to find where to shop for something specific, get a Yelp review on a restaurant you haven’t tried or find information quickly on where to park Downtown? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, it’s time to download the #DTJax app. #DTJax has all this information and more. Read up on all the cool features our app has to offer, we don’t want you to miss out on anything!

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Download at iPhone Apple Store or the Google Play store.

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Things to Do under Explore tab

What to Do

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, the question always asked is: “What is there to do Downtown?” With the #DTJax app, you’ll have dozens of answers to that question. Click the Events tab located at the bottom of the app and you will find listings of all the events going on in the area pulled directly from dtjax.com. Not only can you view the different events, you can also save them to your calendars and share them with friends via text or email.

Located under the Explore tab you’ll find the Things to Do section. Here, you’ll find our various directories for whatever you’re looking to do including dining, nightlife, galleries, churches, museums, parks and so much more. Each of these directories also feature walking or driving directions from your current location.

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Eat section under Explore tab

Even if you’re a Jax native, it’s hard to keep up with all the new places opening up in Downtown. If you’re always looking for somewhere new to dine, our Eat section will be your new best friend. Broken down by cuisine, each restaurant has geo-location capabilities for directions, easy access to the restaurant’s website and Yelp ratings and reviews, making #DTJax the first app of its kind with this feature. Pretty cool!

Along with the listings of restaurants, you can also find similar directories under the Explore tab including hotels, various shopping Downtown and locations of different services Downtown like ATM’s, banks and places for mailing and shipping.

How to Get Around

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Every city is different but thanks to our Jacksonville Transit Authority, getting around is easier than you’d expect! With the #DTJax app, you’ll find a tab dedicated solely to transit options Downtown. This includes car and taxi services, car rentals, buses, the Skyway, plus a list of parking lots and garages.

Extra Features

In addition to all the elements listed above, the #DTJax app has so even more to offer users. Firstly, users can elect to receive push notifications to unlock special event updates, business promotions and find out the latest on new openings Downtown. The app also provides quick access to other Downtown Vision programs and information such as the Downtown Ambassadors, our weekly newsletter subscription and all you need to know about First Wednesday Art Walk!

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Whether you’re here everyday, only come occasionally or just visiting for the weekend, everyone should download #DTJax. It’s free and has a great wealth of resources, all at the tip of your finger! So head to the Apple Store or Google Play now for a brand new #DTJax experience.

While we think it’s always a good time to appreciate your dad, it’s the time of the year that they get a day to themselves! If you’re looking for something special and not just another generic T-shirt like last year, come to #DTJax for some Father’s Day shopping! We’ve done some of the work for you and have a gift guide that will suit whatever your dad enjoys!

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For the Sports Fanatic Dad

If your dad likes sports, chances are we have a team in #DTJax! Whether it’s football with the Jaguars or Sharks, baseball with the Suns, basketball with the Giants or soccer with the Armada, Downtown is the place to get him a ticket to the game! Throw in a dinner before the game at any of Downtown’s great places to dine and you’ve got yourself a touchdown of a gift!

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For the Pet-Enthusiast Dad

Does your dad truly subscribe to the “man’s best friend” theory? If so, get something both he and his companion can enjoy at BARK Downtown.

For the Scholarly Dad

Does your dad need another book? Whether he likes fiction, non-fiction or anything in between, Chamblin’s has everything you could ever look for.

For the Professional Dad

Maybe a new watch for dad to enjoy? We have a few jewelers Downtown that would love to help find what’s best! Or a swanky new office chair from Workspaces for comfort and style!

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For the Thirsty Dad

Whether it’s bourbon, wine or beer that helps your dad unwind, you can pick up a bottle Downtown. Visit our friends at The Volstead for a nice bottle of whiskey or head to Wine Decadence to pick out some wine or local, craft beer.

For the Artsy Dad

Whether your dad likes to make art himself or just admire it, Downtown is a great place for a gift! Reddi-Arts has plenty of supplies, while if it’s art you’re looking for there are plenty of galleries to help you find that special piece as well. Look at our #DTJax gallery directory here to find what works best for you! You could also snag a ticket for a future trip to MOCA for a real work of art gift!

For the Dad with a Sweet Tooth 

If it’s sweets that will make your dad happy, he’s in luck! Downtown has speciality brownies at Mocha Misk’i, addictive cookies from Coastal Cookies, gourmet popsicles at Hyppo, amazing chocolate at Peterbrooke Chocolatier and just about everything else under the sun at Sweet Pete’s Candy!

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For the Foodie Dad

Take your dad out! Best to call ahead and make reservations, but check out Father’s Day brunch at these locations: HOBNOB, Candy Apple Café, Magnificat Cafe, Sbraga and Co, River City Brewing Company, Chart House.

No matter what your father enjoys, show him how much he means to you with a thoughtful gift from the heart of our city, #DTJax. For more ideas on where to take or what to get dad, check out our website!

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DVI Updates 

We Have an App! #DTJax
 
Now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play, #DTJax is our new app for Downtown. It’s the best way to know what is going on, with a full list of our events, things to do, places to eat and drink and everything in between! The app also provides information that can be found on our website including parking, hotel options and various directories.
Download today so you can know what’s up Downtown!

DTJax App Rack Card

St. John’s River Taxi and Tours:
 
With the warmer, summer weather here to stay for awhile, enjoy it on the water with the St. John’s River Taxi! The River Taxi is now available for eco tours, Jacksonville Zoo trips and sunset river cruises.

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Running every thirty minutes, the river taxi stops at the Northbank Riverwalk at The Landing, the Southbank at Friendship Fountain, Southbank at the The Doubletree Hotel, Southbank Riverwalk at The Lexington Hotel and at Metropolitan Park during special events. For more information, visit their website here.

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.