Let us count the ways: tons of Downtown fun July 4

Photo by Rob Futrell

Jacksonville’s premier Fourth of July fireworks spectacular is once again expected to bring thousands to the banks of the St. Johns. An annual tradition, The Jacksonville Landing will be teeming with locals enjoying live music, activities and more; the City of Jacksonville is hosting food and beverage vendors, interactive displays and activities; and crowds along the Riverwalk will resemble those of recent rock concerts and festivals.

But just in case you’re looking to break from your Fourth tradition this year, you don’t have to venture far. Fireworks along the Riverwalk aren’t the only way to have a blast Downtown this Independence Day. From live music in the The Elbow to special museum deals, take a look at this breakdown of unique things to do Downtown this Fourth.

    • Let the Riverside Arts Market vendors entertain you under the bridge
      Riverside Arts Market food vendors, beer trucks, live music and activities will provide entertainment for all ages in advance of the sky show beginning at 9:45 p.m. complete with live music from Antique Animals and Sweet Scarlett.
    • Take advantage of discounted admission to MOSH
      Enjoy $4 admission for the Fourth! Check out MOSH’s summer exhibit Be the Dinosaur, 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. Also, be sure to visit the MOSH booth in Friendship Fountain Park. MOSH from 4-9 p.m. with science experiments and larger-than-life demonstrations for the City of Jacksonville’s fireworks celebration.
    • Party on the pool deck at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel
      Enjoy American eats including a roasted pig, hot dogs and hamburgers, an assortment of signature BBQ sauces, drinks and more at the hotel’s 4th of July BBQ & Pool Party. Call 904-791-4987 for reservations.
    • Enjoy dinner and a (fireworks) show on the Foxy Lady cruise ship
      Set sail on the St. Johns for a delicious dining experience along with an up-close-and-personal view of the City’s fireworks show from the River City Brewing Company marina.
    • Get bent in The Elbow with concerts at Burro Bar and Underbelly
      The Fourth celebration doesn’t end with the final firework bang. Party on in your red, white and blue in Downtown’s entertainment district with an “Independents Day” concert at Burro Bar and another full line-up at Underbelly in conjunction with

If you’re wanting to pack your entire holiday weekend with Downtown fun, not just on America’s birthday, our Downtown Jacksonville events calendar has you covered with everything from Summer Movie Classics to River Ruckus and much more. Happy Fourth of July from DVI!