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, 2017: 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, 2017: Sarasota: Enjoy an All American Barbecue and Independence Day Celebration on the grounds of Selby Gardens. Enjoy All-American favorites from Michael’s On East, live music from SoulRCoaster and family activities as part of the celebration plus enjoy the fireworks over Sarasota Bay from Selby Garden's bay front location. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Ticket purchase info to be announced or 941.366.5731 for more info. Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.
July 4, 2017: Siesta Key: Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Siesta Key: The 27th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display is set to go according to the Siesta Key Chamber. Fireworks over the number 1 beach in the nation,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. Beach spectators are strongly advised to not bring their own fireworks. With so many people, especially small children, individuals using fireworks can be extremely dangerous. Good weather brings estimates of 20,000 to 30,000 to the fireworks on Siesta Key. Fireworks at around 9 p.m. More info: (941) 349-3800. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
July 4, 2017: 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. Beach spectators are strongly advised to not bring their own fireworks. With so many people, especially small children, individuals using fireworks can be extremely dangerous. Arrive early as thousands line the beaches, jetty and surrounding waterways. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
July 1, 2017: Boom boom! Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show with your family and enjoy music, food and games. Bring your blanket or folding chairs. Personal fireworks prohibited. You can bring your own food and drinks, however no glass containers are allowed. On the water rental opportunities are available from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Do not bring your dog to this event as the fireworks display may frighten him. Free admission. Parking $5 per car on Regatta Island. 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 4: 30 p.m. Fireworks to begin at 9 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL.
July 1, 2017: 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/LECOM Field. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. The Marauders take on Florida with game time at 6:30 p.m. and a post-game fireworks show. The first 1,500 fans will receive free t-shirts. During the game fans will be able to bid on the patriotically themed jerseys the Marauders wear and winning bidders will be invited onto the field to receive the jersey after the game. Fans will be treated to the largest postgame fireworks show of the season. Tickets: $6 - $8 and $10. 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton.
July 4, 2017: Longboat Key: The Annual Freedom Fest and Hot Diggity Dog 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. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce for more information: 941-383-2466. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2017: 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 Ugly Grouper in Holmes Beach where the Privateers will announce the Scholarship recipients of over $20,000. Parade route: The Entire length of Anna Maria Island (South at Coquina Beach to North Anna Maria City Pier). The 2016 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (941) 209-2212. Anna Maria Island.
July 4, 2017: Englewood: The annual Englewood Firecracker Festival, Block Party and Craft Show followed by one of the largest fireworks show in Southwest Florida is presented by the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary. Things get going on Dearborn Street starting at 10 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 Dearborn street along with the area’s largest muscle car show and a kids game area with water slides and bounce houses. There will be 3 live bands with live bands music beginning at noon. 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 10 a.m. Dearborn Street, Englewood. More info here. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2017: Check out the 3rd annual Myakka River Kayak Festival and 4th of July Jam Blast with kayaking, live music and craft beers. Live musical entertainment will take place throughout the day with Steve Arvey from 11 a.m. - noon and George Worthmore from 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Kayak and canoe rentals will be available starting at 8 a.m. or you can bring your own. No cover charge for entrance. 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, 2017: The Choral Artists of Sarasota Presents “Voices of Freedom,” a patriotic salute to Independence Day with rousing songs celebrating America including perennial favorites “God Bless America,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “This is My Country,” “the Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America, the Beautiful” and more. A patriotic concert full of choral fireworks celebrating America, the American Dream - liberty and justice for all - forms the cornerstone of this annual sell-out performance. Add this great way to feel good about America to your independence day celebration! Free parking is available at the Zenith Garage on Mira Mar Court. Tickets are $30 for advance purchase; $35 at the door. Student tickets are $15 at the door on day of concert. For more information and to purchase tickets call 941-387-4900 or click here for tickets and more info.
July 4, 2017: Palmetto: The City of Palmetto celebrates America’s Independence with its 7th annual award winning “Fourth Festival.” This year the fest will feature 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, The Oak RIdge Boys in the outdoor Pavilion at historic Sutton Park for a free concert. There will also be food vendors and a host of fun activities at Lamb Park for the children with family friendly rides and games starting at 1 p.m. The music line up begins with Boss Hawg opening at 4 p.m. and Caroline Cole at 5 p.m. The Oaks Ridge Boys take the stage around 7 p.m. Sutton Park is on Old Main Street in Downtown Palmetto. Lamb Park is adjacent to Sutton Park. The Manatee River is the site for the fireworks extravaganza starting around 9 p.m. Sutton Park: 1006 6th St W, Palmetto. Free admission. Free and paid parking around the area.
July 4, 2017: The Fisherman's Village Independence Day Celebration starts with the Freedom Swim which begins at 11 am on the north side of the southbound US 41 bridge and ends at Harpoon Harry’s followed by live music from from noon - 9 p.m. at Center Court and Singer Rita Beach, 12 noon-4 p.m., near Good 'Ole Days Coffee in Fisherman's Village along with live music at Harpoon Harry's. The Grand Finale Fireworks display takes place over Charlotte Harbor starting at 9 p.m. Free admission and parking. Fisherman's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL. 941 661-5622 for Freedom Swim details. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2017: North Port: It's North Port's 13th annual Freedom Festival 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. A crowd of more than 5,000 is expected. Bring your blanket or folding chair for the fireworks. 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. North Port High School Stadium, 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port, FL
July 4, 2017: Anna Maria Island: The 31st 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, 2017: 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.