Sit on any beach in Sarasota or Bradenton next week and you will be sure to see several firework shows. Bring a cooler, a beach chair, some glow sticks for the kids and sparklers. Then sit back and enjoy the shows after sunset. Here are a few locations if you want to get a closer look.
Monday July 2nd, 2012
Longboat Key: The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant will kick off the festivities with the 4th annual “Boom Boom on the Bay” located at 760 Broadway St. Longboat Key. Come by car or by boat (marker #39).
Tuesday July 3rd, 2012
Bradenton: See the fireworks explode over the Gulf of Mexico right from the beach at the Beachhouse Restaurant during their 19th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza along with a special VIP dinner and a fabulous party. 200 Gulf Drive N, Bradenton Beach. Call 941-779-2222 for reservations and info. Of course, you can always go to Bradenton Beach with your beach chair and blanket and enjoy the fireworks for free!
Bradenton: Enjoy Marauder’s Baseball and Fireworks after the game at McKechnie Field, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday July 4th, 2012
Anna Maria Island: The 26th Annual Sandbar Restaurant Fireworks Spectacular is at the north end of the island at 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria Island. Enjoy a buffet, specialty drinks, beer, wine, party favors and music for a table of 8 at $1000. You can also just show up on the beach in front of the Sandbar and enjoy the fireworks for free!
Bradenton: Pier 22’s Annual Fourth Of July Fireworks Celebration & Pig Roast starts at 6:00 pm at Pier 22 Restaurant on the waterfront in downtown Bradenton. Live music by Shotgun Justice from 6-10pm, A Pig Roast and FIREWORKS along the Manatee River.
Bradenton: The Old Main Street Party runs from 4 – 10 p.m. Closed to vehicles starting about 2:30 p.m., there will be live music and vendors along old Main Street. Fireworks display over the Manatee River at dark.
Siesta Key: 22nd Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Party. Fireworks over Siesta Key are blasted off just north of the volleyball courts, so viewing is good from just about anywhere along Siesta Beach.
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 Intracoastal waterway.