4th of July Weekend!!


FRIDAY JULY 2


FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries – plus, great food courtesy of the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery, 131 King Street. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR & NEIL GERALDO IN CONCERT
REO Speedwagon has sold 60 million records and Pat Benatar has received four Grammys!. See these legends live at the beautiful St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $69.50, $64.50, $57.50, $47.50 & $37.50. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. For more information call 904.471.1965, or visit www.staugamphitheatre.com .

SATURDAY JULY 3

2ND ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL
Celebrate our Nation’s founding at this day that is full of activity on the grounds of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. Enjoy arts and crafts exhibits, music and foods, lots of kid’s activities and games with prizes. You can even take an art class with artist John Koehler. The fun all takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum grounds, 19 San Marco Avenue. Admission to the grounds is free, art sessions are $40 per person. For more information, call 904.824.1606.

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 CafĂ© 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.