JULY FOURTH CELEBRATIONS
The family-friendly festival offers a bike parade, bounce houses, games, face-painting, exhibits, military vehicles and artifacts on display, concerts and a fireworks show 5-9 p.m. June 29 at Orange Park Mall, JCPenney parking lot and lawn, 1910 Wells Road, Orange Park. Live music: Navy Band Southeast 5 p.m., Big Engine 6 p.m., Little Texas 7:30 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. 269-9413. simon.com
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
Food vendors, fire performers, balloon artists, beer trucks – local brews from Bold City, Green Room, Intuition, Pinglehead – and activities precede the sky show 9:45 p.m. July 4. Live music on River Stage: Antique Animals 6-7:30 p.m., Sweet Scarlett 8-9:45 p.m. 715 Riverside Ave. Free. 389-2449. riversideartsmarket.com
STARS & STRIPES FREEDOM FESTIVAL
The free community celebration, held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4, features live music, food, kids' activities, fireworks at 9:30 p.m., Central Park, Fernandina Beach. Apple-pie-eating and hot-dog-eating contests. 277-7350 ext. 2013. fbfl.us
RED, WHITE & DEEP BLUE CELEBRATION
The celebration, held 7-10 p.m. July 4, features an All-American Barbecue on the oceanfront lawn, kids' activities and live music by The Bama Gamblers, as well as a fireworks display, Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, 277-1100. $89 adults, $25 kids 5-12; reservations requested, ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland
FOOD, FIREWORKS & FUN
The annual celebration is held 4-10 p.m. July 4 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. Live music: Eviction, Seven Springs Music, State of Mind, City Boi, Cougar Barrel. The fireworks display starts 9:45 p.m. 630-2489.
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort offers an Independence Day 5K, annual July 4th parade and Family Freedom Festival. 39 Beach Lagoon, Amelia Island. 261-6161. omnihotels.com
FIREWORKS OVER THE MATANZAS
The nation’s Oldest City holds a celebration featuring traditional patriotic favorites performed by The All Star Orchestra, 6 p.m. July 4 at Plaza de la Constitución, St. George and King streets, St. Augustine. Fireworks over Matanzas Bay, 9:30 p.m. 825-5088. Alcohol is prohibited.
FOURTH OF JULY BACKYARD BBQ
Popular French spot Orsay takes barbecue fare up a few notches with its fifth annual celebration beneath a large tent in the parking lot, 1-6 p.m. July 4, Orsay, 3630 Park St., Riverside Tickets are $30 for all you can eat specialities. A cash bar is available. 381-0909. restaurantorsay.com.
WORLD GOLF VILLAGE COMMUNITY FIREWORKS
The annual fireworks display is at dusk July 5 around the Walk of Champions, World Golf Village, St. Augustine. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Parking is limited; a fee is required. Dinner & a Movie packages, including a buffet at Fairways Café and a screening of “Man of Steel: An IMAX 3D Experience,” are available. 940-4123. WorldGolfHallofFame.org
“DAY AFTER” BEACH CLEAN-UP
Keepers of the Coast, promoting coastal stewardship and the conservation of coastal habitat, needs volunteers for the 5th annual “Day After” Beach Clean-Up. The community-wide effort is held 5-7 p.m. July 5 at six beach access points in St. Johns County: Vilano Beach Access Ramp, A-Street Beach Access Ramp, St. Augustine Pier, Mickler’s Beachfront Park in Ponte Vedra and Crescent Beachfront Park. Volcom awards the volunteer with the most trash collected a Volcom Prize Pack at each access point. Keep the right butts on the beach by winning a cigarette butt challenge; whoever collects the most cigarette butts wins a pair of Electric Sunglasses. No registration required; show up at any location. Bags for trash, recycling and cigarette butts are supplied. keepersofthecoast.org
THE BIRTHPLACE OF FREEDOM LECTURE SERIES
Sherry Johnson, Florida International University’s director of Academic Programs at Latin American and Caribbean Center, discusses “Life in St. Augustine in the 1730s and 1740s as a Remote Military Town on the Spanish Frontier,” 7 p.m. June 26 in Flagler College’s Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine.
The Jacksonville chapter of American Marketing Association presents Cari Sanchez-Potter, Intuition Ale Works general manager, who discusses “The Value of Community Building with Intuition Ale Works,” 7:30 p.m. June 27 at Fairfield Inn, 4888 Lenoir Ave., Southside. jaxama.org
MOSH AFTER DARK
Wine expert David Joudi, Riverside Liquors Village Wine Shop and Royal Palm Village Wine & Tapas, discusses the difference between high-dollar wine and the cheap stuff at this adults-only activity, 6 p.m. June 27 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Admission is $20 for nonmembers; $15 for members. For reservations, call 396-6674, ext. 219. themosh.org
SALT CONCEPTS OPEN HOUSE
The marriage and relationship company holds an open house 7-9 p.m. June 28 at The Oasis, 1662 Stockton St., Riverside. Live music is featured. 923-7258. saltconcepts.com
Laser shows are Laser Spirit 7 p.m., LaserRetro 8 p.m., Laser Vinyl 9 p.m. and Laser Country 10 p.m. June 28 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. Saturday cosmic concerts, held noon and 5 p.m., feature physical science, paleontology, history, entertainment, earth science and astronomy. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org
CELEBRATE AMERICA RIDE FOR JUSTICE
Registration for the eighth annual motorcycle ride to benefit the Justice Coalition is held 8:30 a.m. June 29, starting from Adamec Harley-Davidson, 8909 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville. Kickstands up 10:30 a.m. A Taste of Jax lunch — food from Buffalo's, Carrabbas and more — is featured. Biker fee is $20, passenger is $10. 783-6312. justicecoalition.org
This plastic frog race is held 4 p.m. June 29 at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Proceeds benefit American Red Cross Volunteer Lifesaving Corps. 246-4386, adventurelanding.com
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
A local authors expo, featuring Tami Blake, Connie Davies, Ennis Davis, Tyler Edwards, Cynthia Enuton, Marti Forchion, Constance Frankenberg, Timothy White, Liltera R. Williams and Jane R. Wood, is held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 29. Musicians include Mike King 10:30 a.m., Morton Perry Band 11:50 a.m., Eric Bowden 2:30 p.m. June 29 at the market, 715 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Local and regional art and a farmers market are also featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Free. 389-2449. riversideartsmarket.com
The Military Commemoration Committee holds a British Period event to dedicate three Naval cannons 10:30 a.m. June 30 at Oglethorpe Park, Anastasia Island, St. Augustine. Featured speakers include Dr. Roger Smith, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, USN, and Rear Adm. T.P. Fraser, Royal Navy. The replica cannon are a representation of the military's protection of the city from attacking forces. 823-8643. 450military.org
FARMERS & ARTS MARKET
This market is held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sun. of the month at 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park. Everything is handmade or homegrown. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and food are featured. 264-2635. townoforangepark.com
ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET
Local produce, arts and crafts 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, Switzerland. 347-8900.
FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO
Fresh local and regional produce is offered 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at 1620 Naldo Ave., Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church parking lot, San Marco. Family fun day is the third Sat. 607-9935.
ANCIENT OAKS ARTS & FARMERS MARKET
An open-air farmers market, held noon-4 p.m. June 30 and every other Sun. at Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Rd. 607-9935.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM, BUSINESS
BUSINESS EDUCATION SERIES
Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce continues its “Build a Better Business” education series 8 a.m. June 28 at the Chamber, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island. Kim Deppe, president of Deppe Communications, discusses using social media to promote your business. Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations are required. aifby.com
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. July 18 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown. 630-7306. coj.net
BOOKS & WRITING
W. SCOTT McLUCAS
Author McLucas talks and signs copies of his memoir, “Lucky Life,” 7 p.m. July 12 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-9026.
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
J.R. Brown appears 8:04 p.m. June 27, 7:15 and 8:34 p.m. June 28 and 10:10 p.m. June 29 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets range from $6-$25. 646-4277. jacksonvillecomedy.com
KEENEN IVORY WAYANS
The comedic superstar appears 8 p.m. June 27, and 8 and 10 p.m. June 28-29 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets range from $25-$30. Comedy Showcase is 8 p.m. July 2-3. 292-4242. comedyzone.com
Mad Cowford Improv performs 8:15 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown. Admission is $5. 860-5451.
THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE
Brian Foley hosts various comedians 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791.
SQUARE ONE STANDUP
Moses West and Herman Nazworth host standup and spoken word 9 p.m. every Tue. at Square One, 1974 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. 306-9004.
July 12-13, The Comedy Zone
CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER
July 19, The Florida Theatre
July 25-27, The Comedy Zone
Aug. 1-3, The Comedy Zone
GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOK-OFF
Aug. 23 & 24, Amelia Island
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS
TALBOT ISLANDS LAWN GAMES
Join a park ranger on the green for lawn bowling and croquet 2 p.m. June 29 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Free. 251-2320.
The hometown Southern League baseball team is up against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at 7:05 p.m. June 29 (Blood Drive, Chipper Jones Bolles Jersey Bobblehead Giveaway), July 2 (Folio Weekly Fifty Cent Family Feast) and 3 (Fireworks, Peter Bragan Sr. Birthday, Military Appreciation), 3:05 p.m. June 30 (Salute to Gators, Kids Run the Bases), 12:05 p.m. July 1 (Camp Day), at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown, tickets range from $7.50-$22.50, 358-2846, jaxsuns.com.
ATLANTIC BEACH COMMUNITY CHALLENEGE
The fourth annual challenge is held 7 a.m. June 29 at The Atlantic Beach Lifeguard Station. The triathlon includes a 5K beach run, 500-meter ocean swim and a 10K beach cruiser bike ride (no gears). An all-ages 5K run is also held. For details, call 247-5883.
FIRST COAST BEACH SERIES VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
The competition begins at 8:15 a.m. June 29 at Jax Beach volleyball courts, south of the pier between Beach Boulevard and Third Avenue North. The tournament continues 8:15 a.m.-7 p.m. June 30. Registration fees vary, 247-6100, fcva1.com.
MARINELAND BEACH WALK
GTMRR volunteers lead a free interpretive Beach Walk at River to Sea Preserve Oceanside 8:30-10 a.m. July 2. Meet at GTMRR Marineland field office, 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., Marineland. To RSVP, call 823-4500 or go to gtmnerrmarinelandbeach.eventbrite.com
The hometown arena football team takes on the Orlando Predators 7 p.m. June 29 at Veterans Memorial Arena’s Sea Best Field, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Tickets range from $11-$133. 630-3900. jaxevents.com
DINOTREK AT THE ZOO
The exhibit is open at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. Lifelike animatronic “dinosaur” creatures are featured. Admission is $3 for members, $3.50 for non-members, in addition to Zoo admission. Zoo is open until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day. 757-4463. jacksonvillezoo.org
Kids ages 6-12 play Nature Detectives 2 p.m. July 6 at Anastasia Branch Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine Beach. (registration required) learn about lizards and how these pollinators relate to gardening. Free gardening goodies and Nature Detective notebooks are featured. For reservations, call 209-3730.
DANCE ART CAMP
This camp for kids ages 8 and older is held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 24-28 at Boleros Dance Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington. Fee is $250. 477-6415.
First Coast Community School offers music camps, including World of Music for kids ages 5-7, held 3-4 p.m. every Tue., through July 30, at FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Bldg. N-102, Southside. 646-2004. fccmusicschool.org
ICE SKATING CAMPS
All skill levels learn to skate or work on ice-skating skills at Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex Skating Academy, 3605 Philips Highway, Southside. On and off ice skating instruction, age-appropriate activities, a lunch program, extended care. Campers get a swag bag. 399-3223. jaxiceandsportsplex.com
CLASSES & GROUPS
TAOIST TAI CHI
An information and demonstration session is held 7-8 p.m. June 26 at The Granary Solar Building, 1738 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. 733-8180.
The beaches club gathers 6-8 p.m. July 2 at Beaches Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. John Reed discusses “Photographing at the zoo.” Free. beachesphotographyclub.org
ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING
The class is held 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 4 and every Thur. through July 18 at University of North Florida's University Center, Bldg. 43, 12000 Alumni Dr., Southside, $79, 620-4200, ce.unf.edu.
Seniors dance to a three-piece band 7:30 p.m. every Mon. at Orange Park Senior Citizens Center, 414 Stowe Ave., Orange Park. $5 donation. 260-8061.