There’s nothing better than spending the 4th of July holiday laying out on the beach, grilling a burger on the BBQ, and watching some spectacular fireworks light up the summer night sky. Luckily Anna Maria Island offers all three and then some! Every year visitors flock to our lovely island and surrounding area for the festivities and firework displays.
Below is more information on local 4th of July fun:
4th of July Parade:
Families line the streets of the island every year to witness the annual Anna Maria Island Privateers Parade , which begins at Coquina Beach, and travels the entire length of the island to Bay Front Park. The parade is a morning event, making it a super fun and exciting way to start the 4th!
Where: Entire length of the island
When: July 4th
Anna Maria City Picnic Celebration
Immediately following the parade is the Anna Maria City Picnic Celebration. This event is held at the City Pier Park where the parade concludes. There will be food and entertainment for the whole family. The celebration starts at 12:00 om and is scheduled to run until 1:30 pm. City Pier Park is located at 103 N. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216. It’s near many of our vacation homes, so you can beat the traffic by grabbing the bicycles from your vacation home and using them to go to the park.
Take in a Game
If baseball is America’s pastime, then what better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with a game? Maybe by adding fireworks. The Bradenton Marauders, the local minor league farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates, are out of town on the 4th, so they are celebrating on July 3rd. The team will have a fireworks display following their game against the Blue Jays. And the first 1,500 fans will get a free t-shirt! The game is at LECOM Park, located at 1611 9th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34205. Get more ticketing information and times at the team website.
Nathan Benderson Park Firework Show:
Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota will be hosting Fireworks on the Lake. The event includes musical groups, the chance for families to picnic on the grass, and a stunning firework show to top off the night.
Where: 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235
When: July 3rd
Time: 5pm to 10pm
Bradenton Riverwalk Firework Show:
The Bradenton Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton will have a fireworks show on July 4th at 8:30pm.
Where:1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
When: July 4th
Have a Safe 4th Everyone
Meet Kacey Varga – Revenue Manager for Island Real Estate Vacations. Kacey is a native of Bradenton, FL – just across the bridge from Anna Maria Island – and is an expert on all our area has to offer for visitors to our piece of paradise.