Go Fourth & Rock at the City of Jacksonville’s Freedom, Fanfare and Fireworks. Enjoy ice skating and family activities at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Hours for ice skating are July 3  Noon – 9pm, July 4 at 10 am – 5 pm & July 5 at 10 am – 4 pm. Freedom Ride 2009 will begin at Adamec in Baymeadows at 2:30 pm and end at Metropolitan Park. Add some stars and stripes to your vessel and enter the Boat Decorating Contest. Judging will take place at 4 pm from Metropolitan Park to The Jacksonville Landing. There will be a free concert at Metropolitan Park featuring Grammy Award winner Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo along with Grammy Award winner Richard Marx. Music begins at 5 pm. This will all lead up to the Fireworks Spectacular on the Downtown Riverfront at 9:45 pm. Fireworks will be shot from river barges behind Metropolitan Park, the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront and The Jacksonville Landing along with strobes on the Main Street Bridge and the Acosta Bridge. Fireworks can be viewed from the Northbank and Southbank of the St. Johns River. 
Solomon Lodge No. 20 and the Scottish Rite of Jacksonville will host an Independence Day Celebration and Rally on July 4th at Confederate Park (956 Hubbard Street). Festivities begin at 10 am and include guest speakers, a kid’s area, historical tours and carriage rides as well as the Local Navy Band Southeast’s 1:30 p.m. performance, military and flag dedication ceremonies.  
There will be an all-American 4th at The Jacksonville Landing with live entertainment in the Courtyard from 11 – 2 am including the Navy Band Southeast Wind Ensemble 8 – 9:30 pm.
Come rock the night away with spectacular fireworks, a fabulous view, and music at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Deck Party 7 – 11:30 pm. VIP and general seating available. To reserve your seat, call 360-8621. 
Visitors of all ages can enjoy a trip to MOSH and end their evening observing the 4th of July fireworks display from the museum rooftop. Admission is $10 per person and includes admittance to all exhibits, parking and rooftop viewing from 7 pm – 10 pm.   
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will have this year’s final Summer Garden Concert Series with a performance by the St. Johns River City Band on July 4 from 7 to 10 pm to celebrate Independence Day.  The concert will feature American Favorites to coincide with the City of Jacksonville fireworks. Guests are allowed to bring blankets, chairs, food and alcoholic beverages or you can purchase food and beverages from TreeCup Café. Cost $10 per person, free for children under three. www.cummer.org 
Celebrate Independence Day weekend July 3 to 5 at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens with an old-fashion 4th of July Jamboree.  The Knotty Pines Band will be performing an array of all-American music, fun summer games and prizes, visits from Jazoo, the Zoo’s friendly lion mascot, animal encounters and prize drawings. Burgers are also available for purchase on the Great Lawn. Military personnel and their family members can receive 25% off regular admission with a coupon from website. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, 757-4463  www.jaxzoo.org/4thofjuly.asp 
It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without the Liberty Celebration at Jacksonville Beach. Fireworks will be displayed from the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier at 9:30 pm and can be seen for many miles up and down the Jacksonville Beaches. If you are a “townie” you may want to book a room or pack a late night picnic for after the fireworks show since traffic getting back to town usually moves at a snail’s pace.  
There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in the Nation’s Oldest City. Grab your lounge chairs and head to St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitución for a concert by The All Star Orchestra at 6 pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. The 20-minute display is choreographed to a stirring soundtrack of music delivered over an extensive sound system transforming the entire Bayfront into a theatre of sight and sound. 
Come celebrate our nation’s independence at the grand opening of The White Room’s Loft & Rooftop and enjoy the fireworks from the best view in St. Augustine. There is a $50 Dinner Package and $30 Party Package. After the fire works dance the night away with Classic Blends’ DJs. The White Room is located on the waterfront at 1 King St. in downtown St. Augustine. Call (904) 824-9056 for reservations.  
World Golf Village will have Community Fireworks on Thursday, July 2. Guests are welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs and find a spot around the Walk of Champions for the fireworks show, set to begin after dark. “Dinner and a Movie” packages are offered to complement the fireworks show will be available for pre-purchase at www.wgv.com or by calling 904-940-4010. Package includes an All-American buffet dinner at Fairways Café beginning at 5:30 pm followed by a special showing of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX® Theater.  The package also will include free putting on the Hall’s 18-hole putting course and two adult drink tickets.  Prices are $35 for adults and $30 for children. www.wgv.com.  
On July 3 the City of Daytona Beach will present Johnny Bulford and Darryl Worley in concert, plus a special guest appearance by Jeff Gordon at the Oceanfront Bandshell and Park located on Daytona Beach. Red, White and Vroom will feature family from 3 -10 pm. The Johnny Bulford Band performs at 5:30 pm, Jeff Gordon, Nascar’s racing superstar, will make a special appearance at 7:30 pm and for or the finale, Darryl Worley, will perform at 8:15 pm as a pre-celebration to July 4th.  
The Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island will host a July 4th Beach Bash with fireworks, movies on the beach, crab races, and an animal show. A twilight pirate treasure hunt and kite flying are a few more fun activities to take in over Fourth of July weekend at this luxury hotel. 
Partake in an All American Song Fest at the Bo Diddley Plaza in Gainesville on July 4 at 8 pm. The concert will take the audience on a musical tour of American history and culture by featuring songs written about America. www.gvlculturalaffairs.org