Today is the first day of the latter half of 2020. Given what we have dealt with thus far, expectations for part two of this special year have been thrown out the window. If aliens arrived and pigs began to fly, we might not even bat an eye. At times like these it is comforting to look to traditions and pastimes to remind us of calmer days. As such, we are spotlighting the area fireworks celebrations, though minimal in nature, for those looking to get out in a socially distanced manner for the 4th of July.
Though many of the area’s celebrations have been cancelled, backyard picnics, barbecues, and small gatherings always make for a great holiday celebration. May the sparklers and fantastic displays in the skies remind you of brighter days with the hope that our best times as one unified country are close.
Sarasota, July 3, 9PM. Fireworks on the Lake, Nathan Benderson Park
This drive-in, socially distanced event will also be televised on local ABC7 for those who cannot make it. Tickets are $15 per car and can be purchased at this site. Viewing areas will be on the park’s regatta side, along Cattleman Road, and on the south side of Nathan Benderson Park.
North Port, July 4, 9PM. Freedom Fireworks, North Port High School
There will be several ways you can enjoy this event, including the livestream at this site. Listeners can enjoy the patriotic music via WKDW 97.5 FM. Parking for this event will be at North Port High School, Butler Park and Heron Creek Middle School. There will be no tailgating allowed, parking will be in every other space, and social distancing guidelines must be followed. There will be no onsite vendors or any food for sale.
Requests for parking passes have been ongoing, with North Port residents given priority. Please visit this site for current pass availability.
But, however you do your fireworks celebrations, we hope you have a Happy 4th!
Photos courtesy of DepositPhotos and North Port Parks and Rec Facebook page.