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Amelia Island Celebrates the 4th

Jun 27, 2014 02:00AM
July 4th is right around the corner. How are you planning to celebrate? This year Fernandina Beach has so many activities going on for Independence Day, beginning with a Freedom Festival held at Main Beach Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then, Sounds on Centre presents Island Vibe and Nassau Community Band, beginning at 6 p.m. And since you’re already downtown listening to the music, stay for the Fireworks Display at 9 p.m. And if you have a backyard barbecue to attend, you can whip up a batch of Grilled Pineapple Shrimp Skewers in as little as 15 minutes, including prep time. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get out there and enjoy the 4th!

Freedom Festival

Celebrate Independence Day with a free community festival featuring live music, food, kids’ activities, and fun. Held at Main Beach Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call (904) 310-3361

Sounds on Centre

Held the first Friday of every month, Sounds on Centre presents a free concert in downtown Fernandina Beach between Front and 2nd Street from 6 to 8 p.m. July’s concert presents Island Vibe, followed by Nassau Community Band at 8:15. Bring your own chairs and wear your dancing shoes.

Fireworks Display

Celebrate Independence Day on Amelia Island with a fireworks display over the waterfront in the downtown Fernandina Beach historic district.  Fireworks display begins at approximately 9:00 p.m. For more information call (904) 310-3361

Grilled Pineapple Shrimp Skewers


6 Tablespoons Italian salad dressing

¼ cup chopped cilantro

4 teaspoons brown sugar

2 cloves minced garlic

1 teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on

24 pineapple chunks, about 1 ½ inches square


Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Soak wooden skewers in water for a few minutes. Shake off excess moisture. Thread shrimp and pineapple on 12 skewers. Cook on grill for about 1-2 minutes on each side until shrimp are pink. Do not overcook.