July 4th Getaways to Amelia Island
Amelia Island, Florida, is also known as the “Island of Eight Flags.” It bears the distinction of having been governed by eight different nations since the land was claimed by the French explorer Jean Ribault in 1562. Today, the eight flags are displayed over various buildings around the Island, but be assured, on July 4th Amelia Island is all about the “Red, White, and Blue!” Vacationers begin planning their July 4th getaways early. With a variety of Island accommodations, including luxury resorts and hotels, there are abundant choices for people seeking the perfect fit. Preferred vacation rentals from Amelia Rental & Management Services fill up quickly so early reservations are recommended to ensure the best selection for a blast of a holiday.
Family-Friendly July 4th Getaways
Amelia Island welcomes beachcombers with delicious food, a rich history spanning hundreds of years, a pristine natural environment, and of course the main draw – the BEACH! Throughout the year the community hosts several significant community events. July 4th provides an extra-special reason to celebrate – it is, after all, the country’s birthday! The must-do list of activities to catch on Independence Day begin early, so pace yourself for all of the excitement and adventure.
- The Firecracker 5K – The annual fun race starts at 8 a.m. (the kid’s race starts at 9 a.m.). Runners, trotters, and walkers enjoy the scenic, tree-canopied area.
- Shrimping Eco Tour – Amelia Island’s historic shrimping and fishing industries are brought to life on a guided boat tour of the shrimping waters around Amelia. Board an authentic shrimp boat and learn how to cast an Otter Trawl shrimp net as you explore the estuary of tidal creeks and backwaters. The seasonal tour features a catch and release experience, dolphin sightings, and maybe a glimpse of the wild horses on Cumberland Island.
- 4th Freedom Festival – The Main Beach at Fernandina Park stokes the Island’s patriotic holiday spirit with live music, food, local arts and crafts, and fun games. The family-friendly celebration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- 4th of July Hometown Celebration – At 5 p.m., downtown Fernandina kicks off an evening of fun, festive events. The aroma from food vendors offering special delicacies fills the air. Local artisans show off their arts and crafts. Live music performances are scheduled throughout the evening. Dancing, singing, and a happy celebratory atmosphere all lead up to the day’s big finale – an awe-inspiring fireworks extravaganza over the water starting at 9:15 p.m.