There's nothing like a Sarasota Fourth of July with a variety of ways in which to celebrate.
There's everything from parades to food to festivals and, of course, fireworks, usually spread out over a few day period at various locations.
This page not only covers the immediate Sarasota Independence Day events but also the greater Sun Coast area spreading from Palmetto at the north all the way to North Port and Englewood at the south end.
And we also cover Fourth of July Events on Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Nokomis Beach and Casey Key as well as Venice and everywhere in between if something should pop up.
So surely there's something happening in your neck of the woods for the Fourth of July! And if there is, you can find it here.
Check it all out.
And have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
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A Sarasota Fourth of July
July 4, 2016: Sarasota: Night time brings the Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay.
Part of the Suncoast Offshore Festival, viewing is free from anywhere
downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park. The display is an
awesome sight from a boat anchored on Sarasota Bay. Make sure you bring
an umbrella just in case of rain. The Sarasota show starts at dusk or
around 9:00 p.m. and is privately funded and charity focused and benefits Suncoast Charities for Children. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
July 4, 2016: Sarasota: Enjoy an All American Barbecue and Independence Day Celebration on the grounds of Selby Gardens. Four premier barbecue pit master vendors, live music from the Lauren Mitchell Band and family activities are all part of the celebration plus enjoy the fireworks over Sarasota Bay from Selby Garden's bay front location. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Food and drink are available for purchase). $30 members, $35 non-members, 11 and under are free. $150 VIP Ticket available. Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave,. Sarasota. Click here for more details.
July 4, 2016: Siesta Key: Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Siesta Key: The 26th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display is set to go according to the Siesta Key Chamber. Fireworks over Siesta Key are blasted off just north of the volleyball courts, so viewing is good from anywhere south and along Crescent Beach (south of Siesta Public Beach), out on the Gulf, or from the Intracoastal waterway. Good weather brings estimates of 20,000 to 30,000 to the fireworks on Siesta Key. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce has canceled this year's VIP Party. Due to renovations they lost access to picnic tables and VIP parking for the event. Fireworks at around 9 p.m.More info: (941) 349-3800. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
July 4, 2016: Venice: The Venice area fireworks are fired from the south Venice Jetty in the Venice Beach area and there are a number of good vantage points: anywhere along Venice Beach, Nokomis Beach, or from a boat on the Gulf of Mexico or anchored on the Intracoastal waterway, northeast of the Jetty on the water. Fireworks go up after sunset. Arrive early as thousands line the beaches, jetty and surrounding waterways. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
July 2, 2016: Bradenton: As All-American as it gets: Baseball and fireworks! Take in the Marauder's Baseball game along with Fireworks after the game at McKechnie Field. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The Marauders take on the Charlotte Stone Crabs with game time at 6:30 p.m. and a post-game fireworks show. Tickets: $6 - $8 and $10. 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton.
July 3, 2016: Anna Maria Island: The Beach House Fireworks Spectacular depends again this year on the nesting birds situation found there; black skimmers and lesser terns, rare species of migrating shore birds known to be nesting on north end of the Beach House property. A determination will not be made until July. The Beach House, 200 Gulf Drive N, Bradenton Beach. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2016: Longboat Key: The Annual Freedom Fest Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Commissioners, police and fire rescue personnel are in the parade along with children who wish to dress up and walk with their pets. Put on your best red, white and blue and decorate your bike or wagon. Parade lineup begins at 8:30 a.m. on Bay Isles Rd. Activities, food and drinks, children's games all in Bicentennial Park, next to Town Hall, after the parade. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 941-383-2466 for more information.
July 4, 2016: Anna Maria Island: The Anna Maria Island Privateers hold their annual 4th of July Parade
from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. There will be an after Parade Party at the Anna Maria Island Beach Café located on Manatee Public Beach where the Privateers will announce the Scholarship recipients of over eleven thousand dollars. Parade route: The Entire length of Anna Maria Island (South at Coquina Beach to North Anna Maria City Pier). The 2015 Parade was attended by 20,000 Parade Watchers along the 7 mile parade route, 115 Parade Entries and over 850 participants. Be in the parade or bring a chair to watch. More info: email@example.com or call (941) 209-2212. Anna Maria Island.
July 4, 2016: Englewood: The annual Englewood Firecracker Festival and Craft Show followed by the largest fireworks show in Southwest Florida is presented by the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary. Things get going on Dearborn Street starting at 11 a.m. with All American food from local restaurants and vendors as well as Ice Cold Beer and frozen drinks. Over 60 craft vendors will be lining the streets along with the area’s largest muscle car show and a kids game area with waterslides and bounce houses. Live bands will be taking the stage including Echo Matrix and more. Plus they'll have their World Famous “Chicken Sheet BINGO.” The Fireworks show will “Light up Lemon Bay” from Middle Beach (Blind Pass Beach) on Manasota Key.after dark. Free admission. Over 10,000 in attendance last year. Starts at 11 a.m. Dearborn Street, Englewood. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2016: Check out the 3rd annual Myakka River Kayak Festival and 4th of July Jam Blast with kayaking, live music and craft beers. Live music throughout the day kicking off with Steve Arvey from 11:00 a.m. - noon. From 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. it's Treble Hook’s Florida Folk and Medicine Show with a unique and powerful Americana/Bluegrass sound. Kayak and canoe rentals will be available starting at 8 a.m. or you can bring your own. No cover charge for entrance. The festival will benefit Friends of Sarasota County Parks. Free admission. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice Ave, Venice. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2016: Sarasota: The Sarasota Sailing Squadron's Liberty Day Regatta and Family Festival takes place. They will have a water slide, an ice cream truck, a pig roast and live music followed by fireworks all around the bay. 6:30 p.m. p.m. Pig Roast, Baked Potato Bar, salad, watermelon and your favorite summer desert potluck! Dinner wrist bands are $7 a person for dinner, bring a desert to share! Kids 12 and under are $5.00 each. 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, on City Island. 941-388-2355 or click here for more information.
July 4, 2016: It's being billed as A Patriotic Spectacular and will feature Gloria Musicae with a patriotic concert full of choral fireworks celebrating America. The concert will include George M. Cohan's "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Give My Regards to Broadway," and "You’re a Grand Old Flag." John Philip Sousa's "Star and Stripes Forever" and Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" will also be featured. General admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the door, students with student ID $15 at the door day of the concert. 4:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Click here for tickets and more info.
July 4, 2016: Palmetto: The City of Palmetto celebrates America’s Independence with its 6th annual award winning “Fourth Festival” with great music from multi-platinum rock band Smash Mouth in the outdoor Pavilion at historic Sutton Park in downtown Palmetto for a free concert at 7 p.m. The opening act at 5 p.m. is Big Daddy! Also, food vendors! Sutton Park on Old Main Street in Downtown Palmetto opens at 4 p.m. (corner of 7th Street and 10th Avenue - “West” to 7th Street and 10th Avenue West). The Manatee River is the site for the fireworks extravaganza starting around 9 p.m. Sutton Park: 1006 6th St W, Palmetto. 4 p.m - 9 p.m. Free admission. Free and paid parking around the area.
July 4, 2016: North Port: It's North Port's 13th annual Freedom Festival at North Port High School Stadium at 6400 W. Price Blvd, starting at 6:00 p.m. with fun, live music and entertainment for the entire family including a family activity area and a kids area with power jumper, obstacle course and tropical slide.. There will also be food & vendor booths, refreshments and fireworks after dark. Bring your blanket or folding chair for the fireworks.
July 4, 2016: Venice Presbyterian Church presents America the Beautiful, a Patriotic Celebration featuring the songs of Irving Berlin, Woodie Guthrie, Elvis Presley, Lee Greenwood, Goerge M. Cohan, John Phillips Sousa and more. Admission: $15 per person, $35 maximum per family of 3 or more. Tickets go on sale Sundays starting June 5 after service or at the door day of the show 7 p.m. Doors open 45 minutes before show. 825 The Rialto, Venice, FL. More info: 941-488-2258 or click here.
July 4, 2016: Anna Maria Island: The 30th Annual Sandbar Restaurant Fireworks Spectacular is at the Sandbar Restaurant on the north end of the island next to Pine Avenue. There will be a VIP Party under the open air Sandbar Event Pavilion. Seating is limited. 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria Island. Fireworks after dark, weather permitting. Fireworks show viewing is free. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2016: Bradenton: There will be a Fireworks display over the Manatee River after dark. The fireworks display is handled by the City of Palmetto. People usually mass along both sides of the Manatee River Riverwalk waterfront in downtown Bradenton and Palmetto. After dark around 9 p.m.