How to Celebrate New Years Eve on Amelia Island Like a Local

Are you excited to ring the New Year in on Amelia Island? So are we! New Years is exciting and memorable for the fireworks, good food, and start of a new year (duh!), and we want your Amelia Island NYE to be perfect! Keep reading the blog if you are excited to find out the best way to have a great New Years’ Eve on Amelia Island!

While we have your attention, make sure to snag our vacation guide! The vacation guide is a must-have for all future travelers, filled with our expert opinion on local restaurants, activities, and events!

Get the Guide

 The Best New Years Eve Celebrations on Amelia Island

Amelia Island Shrimp Drop

Ring in the New Year in Fernandina Beach for an experience unlike any other! While New York City is famous for its Times Square ball drop, Amelia Island prefers to keep things a bit more local. With a museum dedicated to the all mighty shrimp, it only makes sense that Fernandina Beach is known for its annual Shrimp drop!


The annual event features live music, a laser show, food vendors, a kids’ zone, and fireworks!

Restaurants to Check Out on New Year’s Eve

David’s Restaurant:

One of our new local favorites, David’s Restaurant & Lounge, strikes the perfect balance between classy and accessible. Enjoy fresh seafood or a delicious steak when you visit the Amelia Island establishment.

Burlingame Restaurant

Operated by star chef Chad Livingston, Burlingame is known for fresh, seasonal eats in a comfortable atmosphere. Join Chef Chad for his three-course New Years’ Eve special menu, and you will not be disappointed!

Salty Pelican

Overlooking the water, the Salty Pelican has an excellent location for anyone looking to enjoy a beachside view with their New Years’ Eve festivities. Enjoy live music and good vibes when you celebrate New Years at the Salty Pelican!

Green Turtle Tavern

Host of “the best party in town,” the Green Turtle Tavern offers an adult-friendly experience for the holiday. Enjoy an upbeat night at this local establishment for NYE.

The Palace Saloon

Florida’s oldest bar would love to have you and your 21+ friends over for a fun-filled New Years’ Eve night! The Palace Saloon runs a no entry fee special from 8-midnight with special pricing on shots and live music on the patio for all to enjoy. Visit The Palace Saloon to combine Florida’s history and future under one roof!

Celebrate the New Year at The Fairbanks House

fairbanks house pool and property view

Now that you know all about how to celebrate New Years on Amelia Island, it’s time to start planning your visit. First, you’ll need to secure the perfect accommodations for your getaway!

The Fairbanks House offers an impressive selection of lodging options that range from charming, historic B&B rooms and suites to spacious, private cottages on the property. Please take advantage of our thoughtful amenities, such as complimentary access to beach gear, bikes, and concierge services. Additionally, you can expect a gourmet breakfast every morning. 

Don’t delay; book today!

Check Availability