4th of July on Anna Maria Island

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:
The AMI Privateers in their pirate ship making their way down the island

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:
A gorgeous firework display over the Gulf in front of the Sandbar Restaurant

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 visit,  http://www.groupersandwich.com/news/. Or 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
Groups gather for a picnic in the grass before the fireworks begin.

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 Zambelli firework finale lights up the nights sky over Bradenton Riverwalk.

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, BradentonFL 34205
When: July 4th
Time: The grand firework finale will begin at 9pm

 

 

 

 

Have a Safe 4th Everyone

Everybody Loves an Anna Maria Island Parade

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:

  1. Christmas Parade – usually the 2nd week of December
  2. Lighted Boat Christmas Parade – also usually the 2nd week of December
  3. St. Patrick’s Day Parade – usually the Sunday right before or after March 17th
  4. 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.

July 4th Anna Maria Island – 2014 is a Great Year!

July 4th Anna Maria Island is always fantastic, and 2014 is no exception! The Chiles Group of restaurants continues it’s annual public fireworks displays for the 4th of July holiday. It’s a blast every single year!

July 4th Anna Maria Island Fireworks

Starting on Thursday, July 3rd, the Beach House restaurant will host its 21st Annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Located at 200 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, there will be VIP packages available. For more information call 941-779-2222.

The following evening on Friday, July 4th,  the fireworks move up to northern Anna Maria. Here you’ll also find the Sandbar restaurants 28th Annual Fireworks Spectacular. There will be a VIP party under the open-air pavilion for $125 per person. That includes an upscale buffet, complimentary Sandbar specialty drinks, beer, wine and party favors. For more info call the Sandbar at 941-778-8709.

Don’t forget that if you are looking for something to do during the day, the Annual Independence Day Parade is taking place from 10am-2pm during the day. Read more HERE.

July 4th Anna Maria Island

4th July Anna Maria Island Parade – 2014 Independence Day

4th July Anna Maria Island Parade is a quintessential small town good time! Enjoy Anna Maria Island’s Annual Independence Day Parade this year on Friday, July 4th!

4th July Anna Maria Island Parade

The parade will start at 10AM and go anywhere from 12PM-2PM. It begins south on Coquina Beach and runs all the way up north to the Bay Front Park.  The local businesses are the participants in the parade which create awesome floats and provide lots of fun for all ages with beads, candy and trinkets from the privateer pirate ship!  Grab your lounge chairs, sunscreen and cold drinks for some island spirit.  The roads will be blocked off for the parade so you can sit back and relax anywhere along the island roads or stand up to catch beads and more!  We hope to see you there to join in all smiles, good vibes and island fun!4th July Anna Maria Island Parade

4th of July Fireworks Anna Maria Island 2012

4th of July FireworksDon’t fear, we have all the information you need on festivities for 4th of July Fireworks on Anna Maria Island.  The Mar Vista Restaurant and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant on Longboat Key kicked off the 4th of July holiday celebration last night with great food and drinks and a fabulous firework display over the bay.  If you missed it don’t worry, you still have 2 chances to catch the fireworks on Anna Maria Island.  Tonight at the Beachhouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, and tomorrow at the Sandbar Restaurant in the City of Anna Maria.

The annual 4th of July Parade starts at 10 a.m on Wednesday morning. The parade begins at south end of the island in Coquina Beach and travels the entire length of Anna Maria Island to Bay Front Park.

Continue reading 4th of July Fireworks Anna Maria Island 2012

Anna Maria Island Independence Day Celebration With Pirates and Fireworks!

Canons blasting and swords drawn, the Anna Maria Island Privateers led the annual 4th of July parade, tossing beads and candy from their ship as they sailed the entire length of Anna Maria Island.  Organizations from all over Anna Maria Island were represented in the parade.  Local merchants, music, and even Island Real Estate showed their patriotism by waving the red white and blue, and greeting the bystanders with toys and treats.  Anna Maria Island Independence day is a must visit.

Anna Maria Island is the best place to celebrate the Independence Day, 3 nights of stunning firework displays lighting up the night sky, a parade, and the world’s best beaches you can’t go wrong.   Just after dark on July 2nd at the Mar Vista Restaurant, July 3rd at the BeachHouse Restaurant & July 4 that the SandBar Restaurant the Chiles group hosted stunning fireworks displays for the celebration.  Anna Maria Island independence day

For more information on Anna Maria Island parades, and festivities contact an Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Specialist.  Choose from over 300 vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island! Contact Island Real Estate today, and book your Island getaway!

4Th Of July Festivities On Anna Maria Island

4Th Of July Fireworks On Anna Maria Island
4Th Of July Fireworks On Anna Maria Island

The 4TH of July is right around the corner, it’s time to break out the BBQ, and light off some fireworks.  Every year families flock to Anna Maria Island for the 4Th of July celebrations and stunning firework displays.  Three nights of fireworks lighting up the night sky, and a parade on July 4Ththat will run the entire length of Anna Maria Island, from Coquina Beach to Bay Front Park.

Saturday July 2, 2011 Longboat Key:

Fireworks on the bay, just after dark (around 9pm)

Mar Vista Restaurant

760 Broadway St.

Longboat Key FL

Sunday July 3, 2011 Anna Maria Island:

Fireworks on the beach, just after dark (around 9pm)

Beach House Restaurant

200 Gulf Drive N,

Bradenton Beach FL

July 4, 2011: Anna Maria Island:

Fireworks on the beach, just after dark (around 9pm)

The Sandbar Restaurant

100 Spring Avenue,

Anna Maria, FL

Monday July 4, 2011 Anna Maria Island Parade:

The Anna Maria Island Privateers annual 4th of July Parade starts at 10 a.m. The parade will start at Coquina Beach and travel the entire length of Anna Maria Island to Bay Front Park. There is an after Parade gathering at the Cafe on the Beach from noon – 4 p.m. with live music, food and drinks.

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ June 26, 2009

Jamie and Angela embrace a sunset on Anna Maria Island!
Jamie and Angela embrace a sunset on Anna Maria Island!

Jamie and Angela come quite often to Anna Maria Island because they are drawn to the quaintness and laid back attitude found here. They are fortunate that they live close by and can soak up a spectacular sunset on the weekends. They are clients of mine and have decided to take the next step of ownership on the Gulf of Mexico. Next week we will see the Island fill to capacity as July 4th rolls around.
The morning will begin with a parade by the locals extending from tip to tip on the Island. The streets will be lined by locals and visitors alike waving flags and catching the throws. On July 3rd the Beach House Restaurant will shower the skies with fireworks out over the Gulf from a barge. On July 4th the Sandbar Restaurant and Marvista Restaurant will light up the skies from the beaches.  It should be an exciting weekend for this kick back, serene Island we call paradise! You may want to put on your red, white and blue and join the activities as we celebrate Independence Day as only an Island knows how! See you there!

Written by Melinda Bordes ~ 941-705-0146 ~ Melinda@annamariasunset.com ~ Whether buying or selling on Anna Maria Island or surrounding areas please feel free to call me for all of your real estate needs. There is nothing quite like sitting on a beach soaking up a sunset followed by a fireworks display. What a beautiful way to celebrate July the 4th. God bless America!