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July 4th Events on Anna Maria Island 2016


Anna Maria Island comes alive on the Fourth of July which is a good reason to get outdoors on Independence Day. Even if you don’t have big family plans or a corporate barbecue to attend, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate July 4th here. In fact, you may find yourself going to more than one event throughout the day because there are so many to choose from.

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10th Annual Firecracker 5K Run

Dust off your sneakers and head over to Longboat Key where you run a flat 3.1-mile course. The route starts at the Morgan Family Community Center at 7:30 am. There are water stations throughout the course to keep you hydrated.

3rd Annual 4th of July Jam Blast sponsored by Myakka Kayak

This jam session takes place at Snook Haven in Venice and provides live entertainment and beer from the hours of 11 am to 4 pm. There is no cover charge making this a great way to spend the early afternoon hours on the Fourth.

Gloria Musicae Patriotic Concert

Held at the First United Methodist Church in Sarasota, the concert starts at 4:30 pm and offers plenty of reasons to celebrate America’s independence. Tickets cost $30 at the door and students with a valid ID pay $5. Get out of the house and still have time to watch the fireworks display. You’ll have a truly eventful evening that way.

Selby Gardens All American Barbecue and Independence Day Celebration

Who doesn’t love barbecue and fireworks? This family-friendly event starts at 6 pm and lasts until 10 pm. It costs $30 for members, $35 for non-members, and children under 11 are admitted for free. There if four barbecue pit masters serving food up hot and fresh, live music, and plenty of fun for the whole family. The fireworks display held over the Sarasota Bay is incredible and something you’ll never forget.

The Sarasota Suncoast July 4th Celebration

The weekend long celebration takes place on every beach in the area with a spectacular fireworks display rounding out the evening on the fourth. Many people choose to watch the show by land but some prefer to remain on the water when it starts at dusk. The sooner you arrive to the area, the better choice of viewing locations you have to choose from.

Don’t miss out on Fourth of July festivities by staying indoors this holiday weekend. To fully appreciate the occasion, you need to be outdoors, eating good food, and watching the fireworks. Take time to research the area’s offerings for Independence Day and find some activities you can enjoy with your family and friends. You won’t regret a minute spent celebrating July 4th on Anna Maria Island this year!