Fireworks Light Up the Night Skies
on a Sarasota Fourth of July!

Suncoast and Sarasota Events
July 4, 2018

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, Englewood and Punta Gorda 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

Fireworks of Siesta Key on the Fourth of July

July 4, 2019: Celebrate the Fourth of July with The Choral Artists of Sarasota as they present Sounds of Independence with much-loved patriotic selections. 4:00 p.m. Tickets: $5 - $6. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple St., Sarasota, FL.

July 4, 2019: Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show with your family. There will also be a festive 4 Miler Race around the lake at Nathan Benderson Park where you can experience the feel of a major race with crowds cheering you on as you celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic themed race just before sundown. There are also several kids' dashes planned. Bands at the starting and finish line, plus food and beverages at the after party and VIP parking for the fireworks make this race an event not to be missed. Bands performing from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Personal fireworks prohibited. Do not bring your dog to this event as the fireworks display may frighten it. Free admission. 4:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fireworks to begin at 9 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL. More details and registration here.

Heading to the Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay? Find out what traffic is like by calling 511 toll free, visiting, or checking the free Florida 511 mobile app. You also can get traffic updates on Twitter by following @FL511_SOUTHWEST.

July 4, 2018: 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 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. - 9:30 p.m.  No coolers. Blankets and chairs welcome. Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL. 941.366.5731.

Sarasota Fourth of July Fireworks over the bayfront

July 4, 2019: Sarasota: Night time brings the Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay. Part of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix 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.

Other Sun Coast Area & Sarasota
Fourth of July Events

July 4, 2019: Siesta Key: The 29th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display. The annual community 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, 2019: 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

July 3, 2019: See their biggest fireworks show of their season after the Charlotte Stone Crabs game against the St. Lucie Mets and before the game there will be a pregame Helicopter Candy Drop. Tickets $8 - $9. Game time: 6:30 p.m. Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

Sarasota Fourth of July fireworks over Sarasota Bayfront

July 3, 2019: Bradenton: As All-American as it gets: Baseball and fireworks! Take in the Marauder's Baseball game along with Fireworks after the game at LECOM Field. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., game time at 6:30 p.m. against the Jupiter Hammerheads and a post-game fireworks show. The first 1,500 fans will receive free t-shirts. Fans will be treated to the largest post game fireworks show of the season. Tickets: $7 - $12. LECOM Field 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL.  Sarasota Fourth of July Events on

Other Sun Coast Area Fourth of July Events

July 4, 2018: Bradenton: There's a fun Fireworks & Buffet event happening in celebration of Fourth of July at Pier 22 on the Manatee River in Palmetto. Pig roast and buffet plus the rockets' red glare with premium riverside viewing during the Zambelli International fireworks show! This is a single-seating event starting at 6 p.m. and ending with an explosive fireworks finale around 9 p.m. 6 p.m. Single Seating Event | Children  $19.95 ++| Adults $69.95 ++ Add The Open Bar $30 ++ Pier 22, 1200 1st Ave West, Bradenton, FL. 941-748-8087.

Fireworks over Anna Maria Island, Florida

July 4, 2018: Longboat Key:The Annual Freedom Fest and Hot Diggity Dog Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Uncle Sam will be there to greet parade participants. 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 cars, floats, scooters, strollers, golf carts, bikes or wagons. Cannons Marina is offering a $500 cash prize to the most patriotic business entry in the parade as long as there is a minimum of 10 business entries. Floats may be any motorized vehicle with 4 wheels e.g. golf cart, auto, van, trailer, etc. If you would like to enter your business in the parade, please call the chamber at 383-2466. Registration fee is $25 for business floats and there is no charge for non-profit floats. 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

July 4, 2018: Anna Maria Island: The Anna Maria Island Privateers hold their annual 4th of July Parade from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Anna Maria Island from Coquinia Beach (South Entrance) to City Pier at Anna Maria. The 2016 Parade was attended by 20,000 Parade Watchers along the 7 mile parade route, 115 Parade Entries and over 850 participants. Scholarship reception immediately following at beach Cafe. After party will be at D Coy Ducks. Be in the parade or bring a chair to watch. More info: or call (941) 209-2212. Anna Maria Island.

July 4, 2018: Venice: Check out the 5th annual Myakka River Kayak Festival and 4th of July Jam Blast with kayaking, live music and craft beers. Live musical entertainment will take place from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Artists include Treble Hook and Steve Arvey, plus a few more surprises along the way! Performers will bring a unique and powerful Americana/Bluegrass sound to the Snook Haven stage. 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, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of parks in Sarasota County. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice Ave, Venice, FL. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on

Sarasota dining on the waterfron

Other Sun Coast Area & Sarasota
Fourth of July Events

Fireworks over Bradenton, Florida

July 4, 2018: Sarasota: The Choral Artists of Sarasota Present “Patriotic Spectacular,” a salute to Independence Day with rousing songs celebrating America including perennial favorites “God Bless America,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “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. 4:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 104 South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Tickets are $15 (students), $35 (advance), $40 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets call 941-387-4900 or click here for tickets and more info.

July 4, 2018: Palmetto: The City of Palmetto celebrates America’s Independence with its 8th annual award winning “Fourth Festival.” This year the fest will feature 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Charlie Daniels in the outdoor Pavilion at historic Sutton Park for a free concert. Family friendly event with food and craft vendors, a kid zone, and beer garden, a host of fun activities. 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Entertainment is from 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sutton Park is on Old Main Street in Downtown Palmetto. 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. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on

July 4, 2019: Punta Gorda: The Fisherman's Village Independence Day Celebration. The always popular Freedom Swim begins at 2 pm (start location to be determined) and ends at Harpoon Harry’s. (call 941 661-5622 for more Freedom Swim details) The Green Hibiscus Trolley will provide transportation between Fishermen’s Village and the swim starting point. (no kayaks, and inflatables must be deflated). The trolley ride is free. Other festivities will include: Live Music featuring musician and singer Rita Beach, 12 noon-4 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee. Singer/Steel Drum musician John Patti 12 noon-4 pm followed by the “Stray Dogs” featuring Singers Paul Cottrell and Adam Mac in the Center Court overlooking Charlotte Harbor. Harpoon Harry’s will be featuring Kids Crafts All Day, Face Painting and food/drink specials. Viewing of annual fireworks display over Charlotte Harbor begins at 9:00 pm. Free admission and parking. Noon - 9 p.m. Fisherman's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on

July 4, 2019: North Port: It's North Port's 15th annual Freedom Festival starting at 4:00 p.m. This family-friendly signature event will include fun activities, great vendors, plenty of food options, and of course, fireworks. Available on the front event lawn of the stadium will be a children’s activity section which will include a variety of free activities and much more. Bring your blanket or folding chair for the fireworks. No coolers, pets, personal fireworks, chairs, or sparklers will be permitted in the festival area. 4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cool Today Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL.

Fireworks over Venice, Florida

July 4, 2018: Anna Maria Island: The 32nd Annual Sandbar Restaurant Fireworks Spectacularis at the Sandbar Restaurant on the north end of the island next to Pine Avenue. Seating at the restaurant is first come, first served. Also, VIP Party Packages are available with prime seating set up on the beach for the fireworks show. Reservations for the VIP Party are required and seating is limited. There are no refunds for inclement weather. Fireworks after dark, weather permitting. Fireworks show viewing is free. 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria Island. Click here for more info and party packages.  Sarasota Fourth of July Events on

July 4, 2018: 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.

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