This is that fun time of year where everyone gathers to celebrate our country’s independence with picnics, going to beach and of course…FIREWORKS! Those of you living in the Sarasota-Bradenton area are fortunate to have several options to choose from for your viewing pleasure. For any of these events plan for a full day, arrive early as parking is limited, bring plenty of sunblock, bug spray, chairs, food and beverages. All firework shows will begin around dusk or 9:00 pm.
July 2nd, 2013
Longboat Key: The 5th Annual “Boom Boom on the Bay” happens on July 2nd at The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant at 760 Broadway St. Longboat Key. Mar Vista Restaurant is on the Northern Tip of Longboat Key (just south of the Anna Maria Island southern tip bridge).
July 3rd, 2013
Anna Maria Island: On July 3rd, enjoy a spectacular show right over the Gulf of Mexico right from the beach at the Beachhouse Restaurant during their 20th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza along with a special VIP dinner and an amazing party. 200 Gulf Drive N, Bradenton Beach.
July 4th, 2013
Sarasota: Viewing is free from anywhere downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park or anchor your boat on Sarasota Bay. This show is privately funded to help raise money for The Selby Preschool and Community Haven. Donations are accepted in forms of cash, books, toys, diapers and wipes for newborns through eight years of age. Donations drop boxes can be found at Marina Jacks.
Siesta Key: 23nd Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Party. Expect 20,000 or more Fireworks to be blasted off just north of the Siesta Beach volleyball courts! Viewing is good from anywhere south and along Crescent Beach (south of Siesta Public Beach), out on the Gulf, or from the Intracoastal Waterway.
Venice: 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.
Bradenton: On the 4th, grab a blanket kick back by the Manatee River and watch the magnificent firework display. There is also great viewing from Peir 22, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, and Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar.
Whichever event (or events) you choose to attend…have a safe and happy 4th of July!