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Mark Your Calendars for Fun Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July This Year

This weekend leads into the biggest summer holiday, the Fourth of July this coming week. We know that temperatures might be rising, but that is no reason not to have a blast this holiday. We have compiled a great list of ideas for how to celebrate the Fourth of July around Anna Maria Island, whether you are here just for a short vacay or live here all year round.

Remember that with turtle hatching season and the impacts of fireworks on the island’s ecosystem, there are no shows planned on the island. There is a lot of debris, and rash that these shows leave in their wake which impacts the wildlife and caused the decision to not have these events on the island. That said, there are amazing events close by to fill that need.

Bradenton Marauders – to host a fun family evening of baseball and fireworks on July 3rd. This game starts at 6:30 pm and a fireworks display will take place after the game. LECOM Park is located at 1611 9th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34205. Get more ticketing information and times at the team website. The first 1,500 fans to arrive for the July 3rd game will get a free t-shirt!

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – Our manatees, sharks, sea turtles, and otters are ready to meet you 365 days a year at Mote Aquarium, located just minutes from downtown Sarasota and Lido Beach. Visitors can explore touch pools, hands-on exhibits, and windows into the science and conservation of Mote Marine Laboratory.

July 4th Independence Day Parade – 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, on Anna Maria Island from Coquina Beach (North Entrance) to City Pier Park in Anna Maria. The Anna Maria Island Privateers will be livening things up again this year – come out young and old for one of the best Fourth of July traditions on the Island.

Fireworks

Kayak Rental – get out on the water, and explore Anna Maria’s beautiful emerald coastline and abundant wildlife in one of Beach Bum’s kayaks.

Fireworks on the Lake Driven by Lamborghini Sarasota – Fireworks on the Lake are coming back with a bang! All are invited to a sparkling celebration at Nathan Benderson Park on Monday, July 3 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

4th of July Fireworks on the Manatee River – Downtown Bradenton offers a unique urban spin on the night’s festivities. Spend your day shopping, dining, and enjoying the arts and culture downtown. Afterward, venture over to the award-winning Riverwalk to enjoy the fireworks display over the Manatee River at 9 p.m. Bring a blanket and chairs, snacks, and a camera! July 4, 2023, from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular – This event will be Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at the Sarasota Bayfront Park, 1 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, at 9 p.m. Races and holiday festivities will attract thousands of people to the City of Sarasota.

We hope you have amazing plans for the weekend and the Fourth of July. Whether fireworks over the water or celebrations with friends, this holiday is sure to be memorable. Stay safe, and enjoy this amazing paradise we all call home.

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Visit Downtown Bradenton

Whether you’re coming in from a Tampa or St Pete flight, traveling back in from spending the day in Sarasota, or just wanting to venture off the 7-miles of Anna Maria Island for the day… Downtown Bradenton has something to offer everyone in the family! From a family day to a date night to an afternoon jaunt, Downtown Bradenton is welcoming, walkable, and wonderful.

Farmer’s Market

Home of the extensive Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market – a place where the community meets to enjoy fresh produce, local art, upbeat music, demonstrations by local chefs, and free family activities.

Every Saturday, from October through May from 9am – 2pm, the Bradenton Farmers’ Market hosts over eighty vendors who offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Right on Bradenton’s Old Main Street, you can’t miss it.

Downtown Bradenton

Downtown Bars and Restaurants

Old Main Street is a tree-lined retail district of cafes and restaurants running three blocks north from Manatee Avenue to the Manatee River, where it meets the Bradenton Riverwalk. This is the place to go if you’re looking for a lively bar scene, fun dinner, or just to grab a beer with a view! The options are truly endless and there are so many wonderful spots, just stroll the street and stop in where you’re interested! Parking is free on weekends, and dogs on leashes are welcome.

Sunsets in Bradenton

Museums

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Featuring The Planetarium, the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, the Mosaic Backyard Universe and a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions — offering something new to discover with each visit! With frequents events, specials, and visiting exhibits — it’s the perfect way to spend a rainy (or sunburnt) day of your vacation!

Bradenton Riverwalk

A must-do on a beautiful weather day with the family is to stroll Bradenton’s Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile park that features day docks, an amphitheater, performance areas and pavilion, a skateboard park, an interactive splash pad, and much more. Learn more about other fun activities taking place in downtown Bradenton.

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Baseball at LECOM Park

Just a few blocks away from Main Street in Downtown Bradenton is a treasure of our area, LECOM Park! The Spring Training ballpark of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The stadium also hosts Minor League Baseball games for the Bradenton Marauders, the Pirates’ Single-A affiliate in the Florida State League. Built in 1923, it is the oldest stadium still used for spring training, but it has received so many great upgrades and additions in recent years. Take us out to the ballgame!

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