Happy Fourth of July From The Sarasota Post

Happy Fourth of July From The Sarasota Post

Well, it is here, that tipping point when we turn our attention to the second half of the year.  Yes, with blinding speed, we have popped the cork on the bubbly for New Year’s Eve, opened our hearts on Valentine’s Day, ate our weight in jelly beans at Easter, celebrated graduations, moms and dads.  Can you believe it?  When they say, “don’t blink,” it resonates.

But now we get to pay respect to the grand ole’ U.S.A.  Independence Day brings us together with friends and family for backyard cookouts and fun in the surf and sun before the nighttime beckons us to reconvene for grand displays of colorful fireworks.  Loud “booms,” colorful skies, and smiling children may inspire us to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans, even as our country is experiencing a great divide.  Hopefully, in the midst of the celebrations this July 4th we can focus on what brings us together as residents of this great country and let those hopeful buds bloom into more tolerance, understanding and support for all.  Happy Independence Day from The Sarasota Post!  Please see below for some of the best spots in and around Sarasota to view the fireworks.

Photo credits:  Fireworks by Jdmoar on Flickr, commercial use allowed.  Fireworks by Epic Fireworks on Flickr, commercial use allowed.  DSC08045 (2) by OutlierForLife on Flickr, commercial use allowed.

July 4th in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, North Port FloridaBayfront Park, approximately 9:00 P.M.

Bring the family down to Bayfront Park for a spectacular display of firework flare over Sarasota Bay.  There won’t be a bad seat in the place, but be sure to bring your chair, bug spray, and umbrella just in case!  Come early, as traffic could delay your arrival, and, likewise, bring your patience for a bit of a traffic snarl on the way out.  But there is nothing quite like seeing the reflections of fireworks over the water and Sarasota’s Bayfront Park certainly provides a beautiful setting to take it all in.

Siesta Key Fourth of July Fireworks, approximately 9:15 P.M.

Come for sunset and stay for the fireworks!  You can get a great view of Siesta Key’s fireworks, which are launched just north of Siesta Key Public Beach, anywhere in that area, along Crescent Beach, or from your boat out on the Gulf of Mexico.  Bring a picnic dinner and you have the perfect family outing and the making of a spectacular evening.

Siesta Key Fourth of July Fireworks, approximately 9:15 P.M.

Take a seat at one of America’s premiere botanical gardens as Selby does 4th of July in grand style.  Michael’s on East will be providing food and drink for purchase, and SoulRcoaster will be on-hand to help you rock the night away under the stars.  The evening will culminate in fireworks over Sarasota Bay as you relax under the old oak trees.  Tickets are $25 for members, 13 and up; $35 for nonmembers 13 and above.  Children ages 4-12 are $10, and children 3 and under are free.

Fireworks in FloridaCity of Venice Annual Fourth of July Fireworks, Dusk

Venice is set to light up the skies, with their fireworks being launched from the South Jetty.  The jetty is currently closed but the fireworks can be seen from Caspersen Beach to Nokomis Beach, as well as most of Venice.  Boats need to be anchored by 8:30 P.M. as the Venice Inlet will be closed to boat traffic at 8:45 P.M.  Dinner on Venice Ave might be the perfect way to start the night.

North Port Parks and Recreation Freedom Festival, 6:00 P.M.

North Port’s popular celebration includes live music, bounce houses, waterslides, music and a firework display that is choreographed to music.  Bring your blankets, towels to dry the kids off, and an appetite for hot dogs and ribs and you won’t be disappointed.  Chairs are prohibited, but there will be some bleacher seating available.

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