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 Time: 10am – 12pm
Sandbar Restaurant Firework Show:
The Sandbar restaurant will be having their firework display July 4th once the sun goes down (Please be aware that this event could be cancelled due to weather problems or bird nesting issues).
For a VIP Party Package, call the Sandbar directly at 941-778-0444 Where: 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL, 34216 When: July 4th Time: After the sun has set
Nathan Benderson Park Firework Show
On the 3rd of July, Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota will be hosting Fireworks on the Lake. The event lasts from 4pm – 10pm and 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: 4pm – 10pm
Bradenton Riverwalk Firework Show:
The Bradenton Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton will have a Zambelli International fireworks show on July 4th at 9pm. For premium riverside viewing of the firework display, check out the event Pier 22 Restaurant is having.
Where: 452 3rd Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34205 When: July 4th Time: The grand firework finale will begin at 9pm
Anna Maria Island – A small town Anna Maria Island parade is just what is needed to bring together the locals and vacationers. When you forget your cares for a few hours, and become friends with anyone who sits next to you. You strike up a conversation about the pristine Anna Maria Island beaches, or even about the vacation rental they are staying in for their beach holiday while you wait for the first sounds of fanfare to hit your ears.
There is a simple thrill you get when you see the colorful floats, hear the music, to grab as many beads/candy as possible and also seeing the joy of children’s faces when someone in the parade looks their way before tossing something just for them! Even seeing someone on one of the floats you recognize will make you stand up and cheer. If you are a local or frequent visitor to Anna Maria Island you will see many businesses you know or have used in these parades. Maybe even one year you yourself will be on one of the floats handing out joy!
It seems Anna Maria Island has a parade for just about everything. Here is a list of some of the bigger parades you will see for different times throughout the year:
Christmas Parade – usually the 2nd week of December
Lighted Boat Christmas Parade – also usually the 2nd week of December
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – usually the Sunday right before or after March 17th
July 4th Parade – always on July 4th no matter what day of the week that is.
The parade route usually runs north from Coquina Beach on south Anna Maria Island, to the Anna Maria City Pier at the end of Pine Avenue using Marina Drive. Depending on how many floats participate will make the difference of where the parade starts. Island Real Estate always makes sure we have a presence, and everyone on the float is someone who works in the office and/or their families. We love the chance to get out in the community, and bring our beach guests a little extra happiness during their Anna Maria vacation.
Next time you plan your beach vacation on Anna Maria Island with Island Real Estate make sure to ask your Reservationist if there may be a parade during your stay! If there is make sure to set that day aside to come join in the festivities on Anna Maria Island. Look forward to seeing you soon with your lawn chair next to mine, and I may even share the goodies I collect.