Travel and Leisure Ranks Amelia for Independence Day

There is a lot to do on Amelia Island this 4th of July, but the magazine didn't mention fireworks, Sounds on Centre and more.

Travel and Leisure Ranks Amelia for Independence DayTravel and Leisure ranked America’s Best Towns for July 4th and Amelia Island made the list:

No. 10 (tie) Amelia Island, FL
“This barrier island could have made the Independence Day top 10 for its great tradition of flag-waving—even if, thanks to centuries of explorers and colonizers, it waved the flags of seven nations before settling on the Stars and Stripes. No matter, the 4th here means a free concert in town, and the rest of the weekend includes a Civil War–era reenactment at Fort Clinch.

“Readers also saluted the town for its B&Bs—like the Williams House, an antebellum mansion—and its commitment to good beer. Sample it for yourself at the Palace Saloon, the self-proclaimed oldest watering hole in Florida, with a bar designed by Adolphus Busch.”

I don’t know where they got their information, but they sure left out a lot of fun things going on around here for the 4th of July:

Stars and Stripes Freedom Festival
Music, Arts & Crafts, Food Trucks, Water Slide, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Cool Treats and More… Friday, July 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Main Beach, at the corner of Atlantic and Fletcher Avenue’s.

Boardwalk Bash
Featuring Low Country Boil, live music, and family-friendly activities. Friday, July 4, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Shops at Amelia Island Plantation, Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 261-6161.

Sounds on Centre
Sounds on Centre is a free community concert, fun for the entire family. Be sure to bring your own chair and don’t forget sunscreen! Sounds on Centre t-shirts will be available for purchase. Raffle drawings will be held throughout the event with prizes donated by local community businesses and retailers. All proceeds go to advertising efforts for the organization. Friday, July 4, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, in downtown Fernandina Beach, on Centre Street between Front & 2nd streets.

Red, White and The Deep Blue Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day with a lavish All-American Barbecue. This annual event is a buffet with chilled seafood, barbecue ribs, skirt steak churrasco, chicken, salads and dessert classics. Lawn games, crab races, face painter, balloon twister and live music by The Bama Gamblers, five-piece Southern rock’n roll band. Enjoy front row seats to a spectacular ocean front fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Reservations requested. Cost: $93 per adult, $25 per child under 11, includes service charge. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. For reservations call (904) 277-1087. Friday, July 4, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Fireworks Cruises
Take your pick of two sunset cruises. Both will depart at 8pm and return around 10pm. The fireworks are at 9:30pm. Adult Twilight “BYOB” Cruise or the Family Friendly Sunset Cruise, reservations are recommended. The cost is $16-$28. Amelia River Cruises, please call (904) 261-9972 for reservations. Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Amelia River Cruises is located at 1 North Front Street in historic Fernandina Beach.

FREE – Nassau County Community Band at the Downtown Fernandina Beach Welcome Center – Train Depot. Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Welcome Center – Train Depot Downtown Fernandina Beach Front Street and Centre Street.

Fireworks – 9:00pm Marina Water Front at Front Street and Centre Street. Friday, July 4, 2014, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Marina WaterFront. (Arrive Early)

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