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July 4th Celebration Downtown promises more for visitors this year

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Updated: 7/03/2013 11:56 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Landing is gearing up for its big 4th of July celebration. Action News will be the official station helping to kick off a party expected to attract thousands, with what we're told will be the most eye-catching pyrotechnics in the city of Jacksonville.

Bright colors bolting into the skies, then sizzling as they descend into the river, which can be seen all along the North and the Southbank. It's what most people come out for.

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"This is my first time spending The Fourth in Jacksonville I'm very excited to be spending it down at The Landing watching the fireworks over the river," said Tony Smith.

This year, the Jacksonville Landing is upping the wow factor. Organizers tell Action News they have added four more bands, featuring all genres from Rock to R&B, not to mention plenty of fun for the kids.

"Eating contests, watermelon eating contests, hot dog eating contests, of course it wouldn't be 4th of July without snow cone vendors and a variety of different bounce houses and other activities along Hogan Street," said Michael Chambliss, the Director of Marketing at the Landing.

To make this a more family friendly event, Action News found out the area will be gated off, and guarded by JSO, so no one under age can sneak in unless they're with an adult.

"They will go through the property and if there is anyone under the age of 21 they will escort them outside of the gate and of course JSO is strictly enforcing the city's curfew laws," said Chambliss.

As for parking, the city has posted signs to notify spectators that there will be no parking alongside of The Landing, but metered parking outside of the area is free. There will also be a number of open lots and garages, set to open at 5 pm on Thursday.

There may be a $5 to $10 fee for parking in lots or garages. The following will be open:

300 Courthouse Drive, 154 Water Street, 112 East Bay street, corner of Main and Forsyth Street lot, 200 East Adams Street.

The Main Street Bridge and Acosta Bridge will be closed during the fireworks show, and will reopen after cleanup.

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Fred Thompson - 7/4/2013 10:53 AM
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Got it all here at home and no traffic or idiots to deal with
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