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By Kristina Aviles, DVI Intern
Find your Fourth of July fun in #DTJax! Downtown Jacksonville continues its tradition as the place to be to celebrate America’s birthday. Join the community for live entertainment, activities, food and fireworks for all ages.
Patriotic Family Festival | You don’t have to wait until the Fourth for festivities! Celebrate your faith, family and freedom at the Patriotic Family Festival. There will be a Fried Chicken Dinner, a Patriotic Service, Outdoor Festival, music, face painting, fireworks and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and wear your red, white and blue!
River on the Fourth of July | Join the community in celebration with events and entertainment throughout the day at three major Downtown locations below. These locations will also offer the perfect riverfront seat for the City of Jacksonville’s spectacular firework display at 9:45 p.m.
- Shipyards on Bay Street | Perfect for the whole family, the City of Jacksonville will host fun activities like a water balloon toss, three-legged race, giant Jenga, crafts, face painting, caricature artist, live entertainment, BBQ, Jax Happenings Mini Challenges and more starting at 5 p.m. No coolers or outside food allowed.
- Fourth of July Celebration at the Jacksonville Landing | The Landing will offer live music from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m. Performances include X Hale from 3-8 p.m. and Ivey West Band from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Head over to Fionn MacCool’s for more live music from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Attendees under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent to enter The Landing.
- $4 Fourth of July at MOSH and Friendship Fountain Park | In celebration of Independence Day, MOSH will offer $4 admission. A trip to MOSH is a great family activity leading up to the City of Jacksonville’s fireworks celebration, which can be watched at Friendship Fountain Park on the Southbank.
Red, White & Mama Blue | Riverside Arts Market has extended their hours and is offering live music, local beer, RAM food vendors, kid-friendly activities and more. Live music on the River Stage will include performances all day starting at 10:30 a.m. by Al Poindexter and River Rise, Canary in the Coalmine, Flagship Romance and, of course, Mama Blue. Stick around to watch the fireworks go off over the river.
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with the Jacksonville Suns | The Jacksonville Suns will host a firework display for fans after their game against the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Summer Movie Classics: Born on the Fourth of July | Continue the patriotic celebrations and come out to watch Born on the Fourth of July. Directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Josh Evans, Jamie Talisman and Tom Berenger. Born on the Fourth of July is the story of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam war veteran, who becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
The celebration doesn’t stop there! Check out drink specials going on in #DTJax on the Fourth:
Dos Gatos | Before the show, join Dos Gatos for their Pre-fireworks Happy Hour starting at 6 p.m. until start of the show (9:45 p.m.). There will be $3 drafts, $4 wells and$6 craft cocktails. After the show, skip the traffic and hang out with DJ NickFRESH while Casey and the kids make the best cocktails in town. $5 PBR + a shot of bourbon all night makes you a patriot!
Mavericks | For pre-Fourth of July celebrations, come to Mavericks for $10 all you can drink drafts until closing time. Military and First Responders drink free from 8-10 p.m. Their 4th of July Bash on Saturday features $15 all you can drink and $2 drinks for ladies from 10 p.m. until closing time.
Downtown Cigar Lounge | Get a head start on celebrations for DCL’s Friday Night Groove Pre-Party from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. The party continues on Saturday from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. for their special of the night: “Sip and Smoke” a DCL Cigar and a flavored martini for $10!
Happy Independence Day from #DTJax!
Are you a Downtown venue hosting Fourth of July fun? Email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Thursday, July 2, to get added to this list.