Do you know when our country first celebrated July 4th with fireworks?
As we celebrate Independence Day here on Amelia Island this July 4th, history reminds us John Adams was President when we first celebrated with a fireworks display; it was in Philadelphia in 1777. There will be a July 4th Hometown Celebration in historic Fernandina Beach this Independence Day with plenty of activities planned from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the waterfront parking lots at the foot of Centre Street.
Come to town early if you plan to park close, then spend the extra time dining in one of our popular restaurants or picking up a bite to eat at one of the food trucks who are setting up for this special event. There will be plenty for the children to do in the Kid’s Zone. Look for exciting vendors, face painting and bounce houses. I’ve heard there is a best decorated bicycle contest, and pie eating contest, too. The Nassau Community Band will play patriotic music and fireworks will begin at 9:00 p.m. after a very special, and young singer, delivers an amazing vocal performance of the National Anthem.
Light Up Amelia, who also sponsors the Shrimp Drop on New Year’s Eve, is providing the fireworks. This non-profit was formed a few years ago to help support fireworks in our community.
Other fireworks shows include the Omni Amelia Island at 9:30 p.m., and the Ritz Carlton has fireworks at 9:15.