July 4th parking will be easier in St. Augustine, FL, due to FREE satellite parking with shuttle service. Hallelujah!
July 4th Parking in St. Augustine, FL
First, you should know that the fireworks are being set off of a barge in Mantanzas Bay near the Castillo de San Marcos at approximately 9:30pm. Great viewing can be had in many, many places. Bring blankets, chairs, food, and coolers – but no alcoholic beverages or fireworks.
Secondly, an exceptionally high tide is expected that night, so be really careful about driving and parking on the beach (where permitted).
Road and Bridge Closings
According to the city, the Bridge of Lions and other streets (listed below) will close to road traffic at 8:30pm. Honestly though, as long as I’ve lived here, they usually start closing the roads earlier than that. If you need to go over the Bridge, or drive around near the Bayfront, get to where you want to be by 8pm. And be prepared to hang out there for awhile after the fireworks are finished.
The Bridge of Lions will be closed to all vehicular and boat traffic as well as:
S. Castillo Dr. and Avenida Menendez north of the Bridge of Lions
Cathedral Pl. from Avenida Menendez to St. George St.
Orange St. from S. Castillo Dr. to Ponce de Leon Blvd. (U.S.1) EMERGENCY TRAFFIC ONLY
Parking in Downtown St. Augustine
The Historic Downtown Parking Facility located at the Visitors Information center is a good place to start your adventure as a parking location. The rate is $12 per car per entry or $3 for Park Now Card. Handicapped parking (with hanging or permanent tag and matching ID) is FREE.
Parking in city owned lots and on-street is FREE on July 4th, with the largest concentration of surface parking located on Granada Street behind the Lightner Building. Also, there will be no access to or from the parking lot of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument from 6:00pm – 11:00pm.
Parking with Free Shuttle Service Around St. Augustine
New this year, the City’s Park ‘n Ride Shuttle offers free transportation service to and from the downtown area. Two routes will be in operation; the Mainland Route operating Saturday-Monday and the Island Route operating on Monday, the 4th. Both shuttles run continuously serving each location approximately every 20 minutes.
Mainland Route, July 2-4, from 10:00am-1:00am
brings passengers to the Visitors Information Center (10 S. Castillo Dr) from three locations north of town:
St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View *
St. Johns County Health Department, 200 San Sebastian View *
San Marco Avenue, 301 San Marco Avenue *
Island Route – July 4, from 6:00pm-1:00am
offers continuous service to and from the east end of the Bridge of Lions from four parking locations along Anastasia Blvd:
Anastasia Baptist Church, 1650 A1A South *
St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340-C A1A South *
R.B. Hunt Elementary School, 125 Magnolia Dr. with pick-up on Anastasia Blvd. *
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd. *
There will be over 400 additional free parking spaces available at the corner of W. King Street and Hartsthorn Street, (just West of US 1 on King St) for Saturday – Monday. No shuttle service is available from this location. It’s a 20 minute walk to the Bayfront.
You can also bicycle, with bike parking locations available throughout the downtown area.
Beach Related Information for the Holiday Weekend
“St. Johns County beaches are expected to experience a record number of visitors during the 2016 Independence Day holiday weekend. In an effort to improve parking, traffic, and access conditions for residents and visitors, St. Johns County’s Reach the Beach Program includes multiple proactive measures to ensure the safety and welfare of all beach-goers. Reach the Beach program components include free beach shuttles, ramp access information, and a variety of programs and services.” Information supplied by City of St. Augustine in News and Notes
Extreme high tides expected around the time of Fire Works Display. See below for beach entrance closures. Complete Beach Information Supplied by St. Johns County For Additional Information Click Here.
(For a list of FREE events this 4th of July, please visit our sister site, StAugustineSpecials.com.)