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4th of July Fireworks 2018 - Downtown

woodstock, georgia
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4th of July Fireworks 2018 - Downtown

Hello everyone,

I'm staying at the Hilton Garden inn Southbank / Downtown Jacksonville for the 4th of July and I'm wondering if you can advise of the best place to watch the 4th of July fireworks? I'm hoping not to move the car anymore so walking distance would be ideal.

I read that there are events around the Friendship Fountain area but I'm just looking for a good place to lay a blanket and some chairs to wait for the evening.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

- Jhae

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Neptune Beach, FL
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1. Re: 4th of July Fireworks 2018 - Downtown

Right, leave your car where it is and walk. Traffic is thick on fireworks nights. The number of cars far exceeds the number of places to put cars and then traffic snarls form. And then gridlock forms when everyone wants to leave as soon as the fireworks are over.

Viewing is ideal from the Friendship Fountain area and for at least 1/3 mile or more east along the river.

Fireworks are fired from the top of the Acosta Bridge and from some other point/s a ways east along the river.

Some nights they have a curtain of fire off the Acosta Bridge which people might not be able to see if they are east of the bend in the river or behind the Main St Bridge.

Leave the blanket in the hotel. There will be no place to spread it. Light weight folding chairs are ideal and lots of people will have them. People probably start gathering long before sunset to get a viewing spot they like.

The Friendship Fountain is about a mile from your hotel. There is a nice wide boardwalk along the river and there will be lots of people all along it.

Here's a map:


Enjoy the show!


Edited: 01 July 2018, 03:17
woodstock, georgia
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2. Re: 4th of July Fireworks 2018 - Downtown

Thank you so much, Spirit! I took your advice and headed to the Friendship fountain area and watched a fab fireworks display. :)

Oh, we also got lucky and caught the Skyway tram and that cut our walk much shorter! 😊

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