There's nothing like a Sarasota Fourth of July with a variety of ways in which to celebrate.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic most July 4th events have been canceled for 2020. It is also very difficult to obtain information very far in advance. Some organizations are better at it than others, but most event organizers have been very slow in making any kind of decision for 2020, and not only for July 4th events. More info on our coronavirus page here.
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
July 3, 2020: Nathan Benderson Park’s annual July 3 tradition, NBP Fireworks On The Lake, returns with a social distancing twist. It’s the finale of WWSB ABC7’s Independence Day special, tentatively airing at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2020. The in-person fireworks celebration at the park will be a drive-in, social-distancing event. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. July 3 at the park. Ticketed fireworks viewing areas are on the park’s Regatta Island, in the Green Lot next to the SCAT station on North Cattlemen Road, and on the park’s south end. Vehicles will be spaced to allow for social distancing, so parking in each lot will be limited. Tickets will be sold beginning June 24, 2020. Pricing is $15 per car and $40 for recreational vehicles, with RV parking in the south park lot.Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL
July 4, 2019: As of 6/20/20 there is no information available on their site for 2020. Join Historic Spanish Point for a special Independence Day Celebration! A Pioneer Fourth recreates the special way that John Webb and his family marked this national holiday. Gather in Mary’s Chapel for a special reading of the Declaration of Independence by John Webb (docent: Brian Smith) and additional community leaders. Enjoy a sing-a-long of patriotic songs from the pioneer days, and finish the day with a BYOB picnic lunch on Magnolia Lawn. We’ll bring the lemonade, tea, and watermelon! 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Admission: $15. This event is included in standard museum admission. (FREE for Members). Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Tr., Osprey, FL.
July 4, 2020: Canceled. It's the Sarasota Sailing Squadron's 400 Firecracker race, a pursuit-style race where the slower boats start first in one-design fleets and squadron PHRF sailboats. Registration starts at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $10. Interested parties must have a valid West Florida performance handicap Racing Fleet certificate to race in the PHRF Fleet. Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. 941-388-2355.
July 4, 2020: July 4, 2020: Celebrate the Fourth of July with The Choral Artists of Sarasota as they present American Fanfare with rousing songs celebrating America including perennial favorites. A patriotic concert full of choral fireworks celebrating America, the American Dream - liberty and justice for all - forms the cornerstone of this annual performance. 4:00 p.m. The concert will be live streamed at 4 p.m. and posted on YouTube and their site for later viewing as well.
July 4, 2019: No information available for 2020. Apparently not happening. 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 a family-friendly dance party with DJ Karolina Lira, and enjoy the fireworks over Sarasota Bay from Selby Garden's bay front location. 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $45/members $35, 12 and younger $10, 3 & under are free. No coolers. Blankets and chairs welcome. Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL. 941-366-5731. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
July 4, 2020: Canceled. Sarasota: Night time brings the Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay. Part of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival, which has been postponed for 2020. 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. Subject to change by event organizers due to coronavirus. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
July 4, 2020: Siesta Key: Canceled. The 30th 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. Subject to change by event organizers due to coronavirus. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
July 4, 2020: Canceled. 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. Subject to change by event organizers due to coronavirus. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2020: Canceled. 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 Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2020: Venice: Check out the 7th annual Myakka River Kayak Festival with kayaking, live music and craft beers. Kayak rentals will be offered by the hour. Receive a one-hour "bounce back" with your rental. Basically, it's buy an hour, get one free! Must be redeemed by July 31st. Raise your glass to $1 off all draft beers. Grilling out all day with gator burgers, brats, hot dogs, hamburgers & corn on the cob available in the spirit of the 4th. Live entertainment, too! Steve Arvey will be playing onstage from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that all social distancing and sanitation measures will be enforced. Tables will be spaced at least 6 feet apart, and live entertainment will play a minimum of 6 feet away from the nearest table. At this time, dancing is not permitted. Simply sit back, relax and enjoy the music and adhere to social distancing guidelines. All kayaks and equipment will be effectively sanitized before and after each use. 1p.m. - 5 p.m. Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice Ave, Venice, FL. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2020: Venice: Canceled. The South Venice Civic Association hosts a community July 4th celebration with burgers and bbq and featuring rock band Bandana. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. $10, kinds under 12 are free. South Venice Civic Association, 720 Alligator Drive, Venice, FL. 941-493-0006. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
July 4, 2020: Anna Maria Island: Canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19. The Anna Maria Island Privateers hold their annual 4th of July Parade from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Anna Maria Island from Coquinia Beach (South Entrance) and Ending at the North End of the Island on Pine Ave. in the city of Anna Maria. The 2018 Parade was attended by an estimated 25,000 Parade Watchers along the 7 mile parade route, 95 Parade Entries and over 800 participants. Staging opens at 8 a.m. with the parade stepping off at 10 a.m. SHARP. In addition following the Parade there will be the College Scholarship presentation at the AMI Beach Café 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217 where the Privateers will announce the Scholarship recipients of over seventeen thousand dollars. Be in the parade or bring a chair to watch. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or Call (931) 639-0986. Anna Maria Island, FL. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2020: Palmetto: Canceled for 2020. The City of Palmetto celebrates America’s Independence with its 9th annual award winning “Fourth Fest.” This year the fest will feature Legendary all-American front man and guitarist Mark Farner, who was the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts in the outdoor Pavilion at historic Sutton Park for a free concert. Special Guest is Rare Earth! Family friendly event with food and beer vendors, and a host of fun activities from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Entertainment is from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sutton Park is on Old Main Street in Downtown Palmetto. Fireworks Postponed to Labor Day (subject to change). The Manatee River is usually the site for the fireworks extravaganza starting around 9 p.m. but it's postponed for 2020 until Labor Day. Sutton Park: 1006 6th St W, Palmetto. Free admission. Free and paid parking around the area. Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2020: Punta Gorda: The Fisherman's Village Independence Day Celebration. (The Fourth of July freedom swim has been canceled for 2020 by the organizers due to COVID-19 concerns.) 2019: The always popular Freedom Swim begins at (TBA) at Gilchrist Park and ends at Harpoon Harry’s. (call 941 661-5622 for more Freedom Swim details) The Green Hibiscus Trolley will provide transportation between Fisherman’s Village and the swim starting point. (no kayaks, and inflatables must be deflated). The trolley ride is free. They do plan to feature live music from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fishermen‘s Village on July 4, 2020. Free admission and parking. Noon - 9 p.m. Fisherman's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2020: Punta Gorda: The city of Punta Gorda canceled fireworks for this year in Punta Gorda.
July 4, 2020: North Port: North Port's 16th annual Freedom Festival has been down sized for 2020 due to COVID-19. Usually a family-friendly event with fun activities, great vendors, plenty of food options, The City of North Port invites the community to unite and enjoy a special Fireworks only, "Drive-In Fireworks Show" for Independence Day! To adhere to CDC guidelines, the event plan for the annual Freedom Festival, has been amended to a drive-in fireworks show that will be launched from the North Port High School site used in previous years. Attendees will be invited to park in the lots at North Port High School, Heron Creek Middle School, and at Butler Park. Parking will open at 8:00 p.m. to accommodate the 9:00 p.m. fireworks show start. Attendees can enjoy the music for the show on WKDW 97.5 FM. The display is expected to end around 9:30 p.m. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2020: Anna Maria Island: No Firworks Extravaganza for 2020. Sandbar Restaurant on the north end of the island next to Pine Avenue. Seating at the restaurant is first come, first served. 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria Island. Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
July 4, 2020: Bradenton: No games scheduled yet so no fireworks show for 2020. 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 5:30 p.m. against the Clearwater Threshers 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. All dates, times and events are subject to change, cancellation or postponement by organizers due to coronavirus.
July 4, 2020: Bradenton: Postponed to a later date, Labor Day. 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.
July 4, 2020: Englewood: Canceled. The Fireworks Display will launch from Middle Beach (Blind Pass Beach) on Manasota Key. Viewing is free from anywhere along the Lemon Bay Intracoastal Waterway, from the Tom Adams Bridge to Englewood Isles and along Manasota Key. Starts about 9 p.m.