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.
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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