Restaurants Open for the Holidays On & Off AMI

Spending a holiday on Anna Maria Island is undoubtedly one of the best ways to spend a holiday in general. It’s a time where family and friends gather to enjoy each other’s company and of course food. If you aren’t one to spend a day whipping up a holiday feast, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  The Island and surrounding area has tons of restaurants that are willing to do all the cooking and cleaning for you. Whether it’s Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve, the following local restaurants will be open and ready to serve:

 

. Sandbar (Open Easter, Thanksgiving,  Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 778-0444

 

.Bridge Tender Inn (Open Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
135 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
941-778-4849

.Rod N Reel (Open Easter, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/ Day)
875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
941-778-1885

 

. Waterfront (Open Easter, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
111 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216
941-778-1515

 

. Anna Maria Island Beach Café (Open ALL Holidays)
 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941-778-0784

 

Located Just Off the Island:

. Harry’s Continental Kitchen (Open Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
525 St Judes Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228
941-383-0777

 

. Bonefish Grill (Open Easter, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)7456 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
941-795-8020

 

. Pier 22 (Open ALL Holidays)
1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
941-748-8087

 

. Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant (Open Easter, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
760 Broadway St, Longboat Key, FL 34228
941-383-2391

 

. Columbia Restaurant (Open ALL Holidays)
 411 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-388-3987

 

. Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Open Easter, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
2106 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34207
941-755-7712

 

. Outback Steakhouse (Open ALL Holidays)
 4402 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
941-792-1898

 

 Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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, 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

Anna Maria Island Labor Day

An Anna Maria Island Labor day is fantastic! With temperatures in the low 90’s during the day and mid 70’s in the evenings as well as plenty of island activities, it’s going to be a great Labor Day Weekend on Anna Maria Island! There are plenty of Labor Day Activities on Anna Maria Island.  Just a few things to remember, garbage pickup for Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton will be postponed by 1 day for the holiday. The Anna Maria Island Trolley will run during regularly scheduled hours on Labor Day, and we have put together a list of activities for the holiday weekend. Have a great Anna Maria Island Labor day weekend!

4pm – 7pm – Labor Day Weekend Nostalgia Nights – Concert & Car Show Bradenton Municipal Auditorium – 100 Barcarrota Blvd West Bradenton For more information call: 941-748-5875 5:30pm – Close –

Mike Sales Signs & Sunset Drum Circle Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe – 4000 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach For more information call: 941-448-5798 6pm – Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day Billfish Tournament Captains Meeting Galati Yacht Basin – 900 South Bay Blvd For more information call: 941-778-0755 7pm – 10pm –

Live Music – Russ Adams Project Island Time Bar and Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach For more information call: 941-782-1122 9:30pm – 1:30am – Live Music – Democracy DCoy Ducks – 5410 Marina Drive Holmes Beach For more information call: 941-778-5888 Saturday September 1ST 6am – Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day Billfish Tournament Begins Galati Yacht Basin – 900 South Bay Blvd For more information call: 941-778-0755 1pm – 4pm – Live Music – Doug Bidwell Island Time Bar and Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach For more information call: 941-782-1122 6:30pm – Bradenton Marauders Baseball Game McKechnie Field -1611 9th Street West, Bradenton For more information call: 941-747-3031 7pm – 10pm – Live Music – Ted Stevens Island Time Bar and Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach For more information call: 941-782-1122 9:30pm – 1:30am – Live Music – Burning Tree DCoy Ducks – 5410 Marina Drive Holmes Beach For more information call: 941-778-5888 Sunday September 2ND 10:30am – Bradenton Marauders Baseball Game McKechnie Field -1611 9th Street West, Bradenton For more information call: 941-747-3031 5pm – 18pm – Live Music – Moon Dr’s Unplugged Island Time Bar and Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach For more information call: 941-782-1122 6pm – 9pm –

Live Music – Ricci D’ Island Time Bar and Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach For more information call: 941-782-1122 Labor Day – September 3RD 5pm – Picnic and Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social Gloria Dei Lutheran Church – 6608 Marina Drive Holmes Beach For more information call: 941-778-1813

Anna Maria Island Holiday Information

Anna Maria Island Holidays are always a little more special when you are on vacation. It also helps if you are on a beautiful island like Anna Maria. We have lots of family friendly things to do over the holidays, and lots of fun activities for the children. We overcome the no snow with a lot of Christmas activities that make up for none of the white stuff around.  This is Island Real Estate’s Anna Maria Island Holiday information page.  See below for details on each holiday.

Anna Maria Island holiday information

St. Patrick’s Day
Easter
Memorial Day
Independence Day – 4th of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving
ChristmasHolmes Beach Parade
New Years

Island Real Estate provides restaurants open for each major holiday eAnna Maria Island Holidaysvery year.  If you don’t find the year you plan to visit Anna Maria Island try our restaurant blog page for more information.  We assemble this information each year and please feel free to contact us if you cannot find up to date information on the holiday activities this year.  If you are using another vacation rental company consider Island Real Estate.  We update our list of events each week for inbound guests.  It’s the little things in life that make a big difference!

9TH Annual Trail of Treats on Anna Maria Island

Happy Halloween From Island Real Estate
Happy Halloween From Island Real Estate

Trail of treats on Anna Maria IslandMonday October 31st is the 9TH Annual Trail of Treats 2010.  The Annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats on Anna Maria Island is a safe alternative for children of all ages to trick or treat. The Trail of Treats will take you on a Halloween adventure through Anna Maria Island, stopping at participating businesses in Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and The City of Anna Maria.

The Trail of Treats kicks off at 3:30 with a kiddie costume contest at The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, located at 5313 Gulf Drive North, Holmes Beach. After the costume contest it’s time to hit the trail, visiting Merchants and Merchant communities throughout the Island for this special and safe event.

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
5313 Gulf Drive North
Holmes Beach FL 34217

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!

Anna Maria Area Restaurants that will be open for Christmas!

Happy Holidays to all of you, from all of us at Island Real Estate.  Yesterday we received a letter from Santa Claus.  The letter contained this picture, and list of his favorite restaurants in the area, that will be open for Christmas.  We also want you to know that Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach will be open from 7:30AM – 7:00PM on Christmas Eve and Closed on Christmas Day.

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15 Anna Maria Island And Surrounding Area Restaurants That Are Open On Thanksgiving

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving
From all of us at Island Real Estate “Have A Happy Thanksgiving!”

Are you ready for the Holiday Season?  If you are enjoying your vacation and are looking for last minute Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving ideas, Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach is open tonight until 9PM and will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving.  Take a look at the list below of restaurants in the area that will be open on Thanksgiving Day.   Most of the restaurants have Thanksgiving Specials for dine in and take out orders, enjoy…

From all of us at Island Real Estate “Have A Happy Thanksgiving!” 

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Anna Maria Island restaurants and shops open Easter holiday

Anna Maria Island is a great place to visit all year around.  If you happen to be visiting during a holiday, finding a spot to have breakfast, lunch or dinner could be a frustrating process if you don’t know before hand what restaurants are open.  Hopefully this information will help during Easter and there is a fairly good chance that if these restaurants and stores are open for Easter, they will be open for other Anna Maria Island holidays as well.  Have a happy holiday and

Holiday Dining
Holiday Dining

here is to doing no dishes this year!

ANNA MARIA ISLAND RESTAURANT’S OPEN EASTER HOLIDAY

Beach Bistro – Dinner – Holmes Beach, Florida
Gulf Front elegant dining with casual dining available

Beach House – Lunch & Dinner – Bradenton Beach, FL
Gulf Front casual dining – you can eat right on the beach

Euphemia Haye – Dinner – Longboat Key, Florida
Elegant dining, huge assortment of desserts

Moveable Feast – Lunch and Dinner – Holmes Beach, Fl
Casual dining with plenty of holiday seating

Paradise Cafe – Lunch – Holmes Beach, East Bay Plaza
Order take out or small availability for dining in

Rod  and Reel Restaurant – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Anna Maria City
Bay front dining – casual – live sea-life daily

Sandbar – Lunch & Dinner – Anna Maria City, Florida
Gulf Front dining – walk right in from the beach!

Sign of the Mermaid – Three meals – Anna Maria city, Florida
Business Casual dining.  National award winning key lime pie.

Easter Holiday Treats
Easter Holiday Treats

Waterfront restaurant – Lunch and Dinner – Anna Maria City, Florida
Bay View business casual dining.  Reservations strongly suggested

OTHER BRADENTON STORES OPEN HOLIDAY’S

Albertson’s Supermarket – Bradenton, Fl

Sweetbay Supermarket – Bradenton, Fl

Walgreens – Bradenton, Fl – Open 24 hours

Anna Maria Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Anna Maria Island holds some great holiday parades and St. Patrick’s day is no exception to the rule.  The parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade
St. Patrick’s Day Parade

typically starts in the late afternoon and of course it is in the month of March.  The starting point for the past few years has been the outdoor plaza in Holmes Beach, Fl.  The very same plaza that houses the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce as well as the Wells Fargo bank on the corner of Gulf Drive and Marina Drive.  The St. Patrick’s day parade travels up Marina Drive past Island Real Estate all the way up to 85th street where it takes a jog to the East where the parade ends.

Each consecutive year the Holmes Beach based Irish parade has become larger and larger.  The Beach Bistro initiated the St. Patrick’s parade just a few years ago and has quickly become a very high participation parade.  Island Real Estate continues to participate in the parade and if you have never had the opportunity to drive down a street with wall to wall pedestrians waving, smiling and wishing you a happy holiday you need to give it a whirl.  It’s simply fantastic.

Anna Maria Island Irish Parade
Anna Maria Island Irish Parade

In 2008 the Beach Bistro sponsored an Irish elephant, 2009 it was a Camel and 2010 it was an elephant AND a camel.  You will have to come visit Anna Maria Island in 2011 to see what is next.  Candy, treats, beads and lots of other items are thrown by the parade goers.

So where is the best place to stand?  Island Real Estate at 6101 Marina Drive is a great spot.  Another great spot is at the Gloria Del Lutheran Church on the corner of Marina Drive and Palm Drive.  There is plenty of parking at the church which makes it a great place to stay if you are not staying a walk away from the parade route.  Lastly, these spots are towards the beginning of the parade route so everyone should still have plenty of treats to be throwing to the crowd.