Fourth of July events

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Friday

World Golf Village Fireworks: The World Golf Village will celebrate Independence Day with its annual community fireworks at 9:15 p.m. today. No ticket is required to view the fireworks, only a parking fee. Food and drink will be for sale throughout the grounds.

Red, White & Boom: The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort will host the annual Red, White & Boom celebration at 9 p.m. today. Concessions are available with special room rates for the holiday weekend. Guests will enjoy the World Golf Hall of Fame’s fireworks display. For information, go to renhotels.com.

Music in the Park at Anastasia State Park: Anastasia Park, 1349 State Road A1A, will host an open jam session from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Guests can bring an instrument, their voice or just a willingness to listen and enjoy local musicians. Food will be available for purchase at Island Beach Grill. The jam session is free with paid park admission. Regular park admission is $8 per vehicle for 2-8 people, $4 for single-occupant vehicles and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For information, call 461-2033 or go to floridastateparks.org/park/anastasia.

Saturday

Fireworks Over The Matanzas: The 4th of July Concert & Fireworks in St. Augustine start at 6 p.m. with the All Star Orchestra performing in the Plaza de la Constitucion. Then, at 9:30 p.m., one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast will burst above the Castillo de San Marcos, reflecting in the waters of Matanzas Bay. Admission is free with the best vantage points along the bay front between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions.  For information, go to FireworksOverTheMatanzas.com.

Fourth of July/Founding Day 2015 Fundraiser: Florida Living History Inc. (FLH) will host its third annual Founding Day fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave. The cost is $10 for all-day parking at the Mission grounds. For information, email [email protected]

White Room Celebrates July Fourth: The White Room Ballroom, 1 King St., will celebrate the nation’s birth with a night of dancing overlooking St. Augustine’s bayfront. The event takes place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and includes a four-course dinner, dancing and a spectacular view of one of the biggest fireworks shows on the East Coast. The cost is $64.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For information, call 824-9056 or go to ocwhiteroom.com.

Guided Wagon Tours at Ravine Gardens State Park: Ravine Gardens State Park, 1600 Twigg St., Palatka, will host 4th of July Wagon Tours from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Guests will take a guided wagon tour around the ravine while learning about the history of the ravine and the park, as well as the plants, animals and ecosystems that make Ravine Gardens a diverse place to visit. There will be four tours, departing at 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. Tours last 30 minutes and will start from the front of the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center. Each tour is limited to 20 participants. The tours are free with park entry and for annual pass holders. Park entry fees are $5 per vehicle for 2-8 people, $4 for single occupant vehicles and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For information, call 386-329-3721.

4th of July Wildlife Tours: St. Augustine Eco Tours will host four Fourth of July wildlife tours on Saturday. For information and rates, call 377-7245.

  • Dolphin, Birding and Nature Boat Tours (1.5 hours) — 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Catamaran Sailing Trips (2 hours) — 12:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
  • Eco-Kayak Adventures (2 hours) — 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Light Up the Night with a Fireworks Boat Trip — 8:25 to 10 p.m. Guests will take a front row seat and enjoy the fireworks from the water.

Stonehurst Plantation All American Fourth of July Parade: The Stonehurst Plantation All American Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The parade will feature decorated bikes, boats, trailers and golf carts, as well as antique cars and muscle cars. Following the parade, there will be a car and motorcycle show at the amenity center. Food trucks will also be on site. For information, call Steve Burton at 955-1121.

Fourth of July trivia

In honor of our country’s 239th birthday, we present to you, Fourth of July trivia.

Questions

1. Name our third, 16th, 35th and 40th Presidents. (No cheating, like sneaking off to the Library of Congress to have a look!)

2. Which future U.S. President (then a lawyer) defended the British soldiers who were accused of murder in the infamous Boston Massacre of 1770?

3. In what year did the Battle of Gettysburg take place?

A. 1853

B. 1860

C. 1863

D. 1865

E. 1868

F. 1921

4. Who was the overall commander of Allied Forces during WW2?

5. What is the oldest European-founded city in the United States and what year was it established?

Answers

1. Thomas Jefferson (third — 1801-1809), Abraham Lincoln (16th — 1861-1865), John Fitzgerald Kennedy (35th — 1961-63) and Ronald Reagan (40th — 1981-89).

2. John Adams, who later became the 2nd President of the United States (1797-1801). Adams successfully defended the British soldiers and they were acquitted.

3. C: The Battle of Gettysburg took place in Pennsylvania from July 1st-3rd, 1863. The outcome was a Union victory, with General Meade defeating General Lee.

4. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who later became the 34th President of the United States (1953-61). Eisenhower had a very popular campaign slogan: “WE LIKE IKE!”

5. St. Augustine, Florida, founded by Spanish settlers in 1565. It officially became property of the United States in 1822.

Questions by Vincent Spada, a New England Patriot (but not the football kind).