The best New Year’s Eve celebrations in Northeast Florida

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Beach — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Image by: Orofinto

2021 is reaching its close with 2022 right around the corner, and soon it’ll be time to ring in the new year. 

Here are some of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations planned in Northeast Florida:


Jacksonville’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show will be launched from a barge on the river between the Hyatt and DoubleTree hotels and high above the Acosta Bridge river. These locations can be viewed from both the Northbank and Southbank, along with viewing from Brooklyn and beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge where the Riverside Arts Market is held. 

St. Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach’s New Year’s Eve celebration, Light Up the NIGHT!, includes a large fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier. 

There are three different locations on A1A Beach Boulevard designated as firework viewing areas: the St. Johns County Ocean Pier, A Street location, and on 10th Street.

This year, there is no beach viewing or festival due to recent storms and erosion. Limited shuttle service will be provided from Anastasia Baptist Church to the three viewing spots on the beach. 

Public parking will be available at Ron Parker Park, City Hall, Amici’s Restaurant parking lot on the southside near Pope Road, and at the YMCA after 1 p.m. Friday. These are park and walk lots—there is no shuttle service for pick up or drop off at these locations.

Beach driving and parking will be allowed as usual from A Street South.

For more information, including local businesses that are open on New Year’s Eve, visit

St. Augustine

St. Augustine’s 28th annual Night of Lights in St. Augustine will remain open. The award-winning holiday lights display features 3 million lights covering nearly every corner of the historic district in the nation’s oldest city and runs each night through Jan. 31.

Fernandina Beach

The New Year’s Eve Shrimp Drop on Front Street in downtown Fernandina Beach will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. 

The city of Fernandina Beach and Light Up Amelia will host the annual event featuring live music, food trucks, and commercial vendors.

The shrimp are scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. followed immediately by a firework show.
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