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4th of July Celebration on Top of the Lighthouse

Sunday: July 4
WILLIE GREEN IN CONCERT
Blues legend and Eclipse recording artist Willie Green will perform two special July 4th concerts in St. Augustine. Admission is free to his 2-6 p.m. show at the Lincolnville Summer Sunday Music Series at St. Benedict Shady Field, 100 M.L. King in Lincolnville (bring a chair) – food, drinks and family fun! From 9:30 p.m. ’til closing, Willie and his Blues Project Band will perform at Café 11, 501 A1A Beach Boulevard in St. Augustine Beach. $10 cover charge. For more information, email otterrick7@aol.com

ST. AUGUSTINE’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Have a blast at one of the East Coast’s largest fireworks shows! The spectacular fireworks burst above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflect in the waters of Matanzas Bay. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. in the Plaza de la Constitucion with a two-hour concert by the All Star Orchestra featuring big band and swing hits along with patriotic favorites. Fireworks Over the Matanzas begins at 9:30 p.m. and the 20-minute show includes a stirring soundtrack of great patriotic music. Admission is free with the best vantage points located along the bayfront between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. For more details, go to www.fireworksoverthematanzas.com

4TH OF JULY TOP OF THE LIGHTHOUSE
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse with a magnificent view of the skyline and St. Augustine fireworks! The spectacular event begins with the viewing of the sunset over the Atlantic. Then fireworks when darkness sets…… St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $40 per person and space is limited. For reservations call 904.829.0745 ext. 207. For more information, visit www.staugustinelighthouse.com

FIREWORKS FROM THE WATER
Get a close up look at St. Augustine’s fireworks extravaganza from the waters of Matanzas Bay. St. Augustine Scenic Cruise offers a Fireworks special aboard the Victory III for only $25 per person. To purchase tickets, call Barbara at 904.824.1806 x210 or go to www.scenic-cruise.com . The pirates of the Black Raven are offering an adults-only fireworks cruise for $60 per person (food included; cash bar onboard). For details and tickets go to www.BlackRavenAdventures.com or call 877.578.5050.

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT THE WHITE ROOM
Enjoy dinner, dancing and a spectacular view of St. Augustine’s fireworks from the renovated and upscale rooftop at The White Room. Dinner and open bar from 7:30 p.m. until midnight, plus entertainment provided by Roaring Sounds Productions and DJ Brian Sullivan. $75 per person. For reservations, call 904.824.9056 or mail info@ocwhiteroom.com. For photos and more information, go to www.whiteroomweddings.blogspot.com.

Monday: July 5
MORNING AFTER BEACH CLEAN-UP

Keepers of the Coast will conduct its second annual “Morning After” Beach Clean-up to restore the coastline from the impacts of July 4 – traditionally, one of the busiest beach days of the year. To help clean our beaches, simply show up from 8-11 a.m. at one of the following beach access points: Mickler’s Beachfront Park, Ponte Vedra; Vilano Beach Access Ramp; A Street Beach Access Ramp, St. Augustine Beach; Butler Beachfront Park East, Crescent Beachfront Park and Fort Matanzas Beach Access Ramp. Garbage bags will be provided and there’s a prize for the person collecting the most cigarette butts at each location. For more information, go to www.keepersofthecoast.org or call 904.814.1299.

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to Government House Museum, the Lightner Museum, the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, and the Spanish Military Hospital Museum. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House and the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum (donations are welcomed).

For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1.800.653.2489.

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