Places to Go for 4th of July Fireworks

Are you looking for a place to watch 4th of July fireworks or a patriotic event? There are a number of events throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties for adults and children of all ages.

Below is the 2017 schedule of events provided by Gina Ursini of Ursini & Company at Ocean Real Estate LLC | 941-812-4894 |

Selby Garden’s All American Cook Out in Sarasota

6:00 – 10:00 PM | July 4, 2017

Offering free parking, delicious food and drink (available for purchase), live music by SoulRCoaster, childrens activities, and a spectacular fireworks show over Sarasota Bay.

Tickets are required.  $25 Members, $35 Non-members, $10 Children 4-11, FREE for kids 3 and under.  Buy tickets here or tickets are available at the welcome center up to 5PM on July 4th.

Selby Gardens is located at 811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236.


Voices of Freedom at First Church Sarasota

4:30 PM – July 4, 2017

The Coral Artists of Sarasota, formerly the Gloria Musicae Singers, will perform patriotic songs to celebrate patriotism and America. Guests can enjoy the 90 minute performance then stay downtown for the Bayfront fireworks.  Tickets can be purchased for $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Students are $15. Purchase your tickets by phone at 941.387.4900 or purchase your tickets online here.

First Church Sarasota is located at 104 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236.


Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks

9:00 PM – July 4, 2016

Part of the Sarasota Offshore Grand Prix, this privately funded event benefits the Sarasota Charities for Children. Fireworks can be viewed from your downtown Sarasota waterfront condo, Bayfront Park, or from your anchored boat. There is no charge to view these fireworks. The firework display begins at approximately 9 PM.


27th Annual Fireworks Siesta Key Beach

5:30 – 10:00 PM | July 4, 2017

Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, this annual fireworks event attracts nearly 20,000 – 30,000 people, so if you plan on parking in the public parking lot, get there extra early.

The fireworks display starts at approximately 9:15, just north of the volley ball courts, but can be viewed at a variety of locations to the south of it, including Crescent Beach.


Fireworks over the Manatee River

9:00 PM- July 4, 2017

Put on by the city of Palmetto, fireworks can be seen from either side of the Manatee River. Fireworks start at approximately 9:00 PM.


Annual Freedom Festival Parade in Longboat Key

9:00 AM  – July 4, 2017

This annual parade begins at the Longboat Key Town Hall located at 501 Bay Isles Road. The parade line up begins at 8:30. Children are welcome to join the town commissioners, police, and fire rescue personnel in their annual march.  Participants can dress up in patriotic colors, walk with their pet, or decorate their bikes. After the parade, take part in the Bicentennial Park festivities, which includes, food, drinks, and games.  For more information contact 941-383-2466.


The 4th Annual Fourth of July Parade – Anna Maria Island

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | July 4, 2017

The annual island celebration of our nations independence welcomes all to participate in the Privateer Pirates Parade procession. Participants must register in advance. The parade will cover 7 miles, which is all of Anna Maria Island, starting at Coquina Beach (South Entrance) and ending at the City Pier at Anna Maria. Last years parade had an estimated 20,000 spectators.

Following the parade there will be an after Parade Party at  “The Ugly Grouper”, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Florida . The Privateers will announce the Scholarship recipients, gifting over $20,000.

For more information, contact Marty at 941-209-2212.


Myakka River Kayak Festival and 4th of July Jam Blast – Venice, FL

8:00 AM- 4:00 PM | July 4, 2017

Snook Haven’s 4th Annual Myakka River Kayak Festival  and 4th of July Jam Blast is the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July. There will be live music throughout the day, kicking it off with Steve Arvey from 11:00 – 12:00, then George Worthmore from 12;30 – 4:00.

Kayak and canoe rentals will be available starting at 8:00am, or you can bring your own. This is a FREE EVENT!

The festival will benefit Friends of Sarasota County Parks, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of parks in Sarasota County.

Snook Haven is located at 5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, Florida 34292.


Fireworks at the Beach – Venice, FL

9:00 PM – July 4, 2017

The Fourth of July is celebrated with spectacular fireworks shot from the South Venice Jetty shortly after 9:00 PM and can be seen from most Beaches in the area, including Venice Beach and Nokomis Beach. The show draws approximately 15,000 spectators, so be sure to get there early. The free show will last an estimated 30 minutes.

Boats viewing the fireworks from the water should be anchored by 8:30 p.m. The Venice Inlet will be closed to boat traffic at 8:45 p.m. until about a half-hour after the display’s grand finale.


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