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Fireworks from Your Jacksonville Boat July 4th 2013

Schedule of Fireworks from Your Jacksonville Boat July 4th 2013

We don’t want to forget our friends who love to watch the fireworks from their boats in the Jacksonville area. Floridabywater.com publishes a list of the entire state, but we want to focus on what is available in our area.

Remember to check to be sure all your navigation lights are working, as other boats must be able to see you in the water at night.

It’s a good idea to have a chart planner  or other navigation device, and having someone extra on the lookout is also very helpful and safe.

Slow speeds at night are also recommended.

Also be sure that  you have the right number of safety equipment and life jackets for each guest on your boat. And wear your life jacket – it’s dark out there in the water.

Lastly, do not mix alcohol and driving your boat. There will be many other boats in the area watching fireworks, and you need to have all your wits about you for the safety of you, your passengers and other boats around you.

Fernandina Beach – 9:30 PM – Gather around the Harbor Marina in Fernandina Beach and watch the show. Better yet, come early and enjoy the day’s festivities at the Stars & Stripes Freedom Festival, starting at 10 AM.

Jacksonville – 9:45 PM – Downtown Jacksonville has a fireworks extravaganza, shot from between the Acosta and Main Street Bridges, and local boaters can enjoy the show from a number of places along the River. Here is Boating and Docking Information:

Docking on Northbank and Southbank and Metropolitan Park Areas – first-come, first-served (if area not marked as closed).

– Docking allowed for maximum of 72 hours

– No anchoring between the Acosta and Main Street Bridge

– No anchoring west of the School Board Building to the Main Street Bridge

– No open flames or open flame grills allowed on boats at or on city dock

– No swimming in the marina or around the city docks

– For more information, contact the City dockmaster at 904-630-0839 or jsuber@coj.net

Jacksonville Beach – 9:00 PM at the SeaWalk Pavilion. If the ocean is calm, boaters can anchor out and watch the fireworks.

Orange Park – 9:30 PM by the banks of Moosehaven near the Buckman Bridge. Join the fun for the American Pride Celebration. where the claim is the fireworks rival any presentation  in the Southeast. This is the one we usually attend and it’s great! By water 30.167876 degrees, -81.6910096 degrees.

St. Augustine – 9:30 PM Check out history in the St. Augustine Marina, while fireworks burst above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos in the Matanzas Bay. A large part of the bay is cordoned off for safety reasons, but there is plenty of room in the north part of the bay. There are also several small, exposed islands available to come ashore and watch the show. For more information, contact the CBV at 904-825-1005.

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