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Fireworks, Festivals, Concerts and More in Manatee & Sarasota for July 4th

Fireworks, Festivals, Concerts and More in Manatee & Sarasota for July 4th

Anna Maria Island, Palmetto, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Siesta Key, Venice & North Port are all having Events Celebrating The 4th of July. Most are FREE, all those details are here

Nathan Benderson Park - July 3rd

Fireworks on the Lake on Sunday, July 3. The event includes live music, a kids’ zone, food and drink, a run and other family fun. A fireworks display will top off the evening.

The event is free to attend, but there is a fee to park in nearby lots. WWSB ABC 7 will broadcast a recording of the fireworks show at 9 p.m. July 4.

Details: Sunday, July 3. Gates open at 5 p.m.; music starts at 5:30 p.m.; fireworks launch after 9 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota.

Admission is free.

Parking is $30 per car on Regatta Island and $20 in the park’s south lot ($50 for recreational vehicles).


Anna Maria Island - July 4th - Morning

The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold their annual Independence Day parade on Monday, July 4th

The parade will depart from the north entrance of Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach at 10 a.m. and make its way north to City Pier Park in Anna Maria, ending around 1 p.m. Details: 10 a.m. Monday, July 4. Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island.


Palmetto - July 4th

Palmetto's Sutton Park will host it's 11th annual Fourth Fest.

’There is a FREE Concert with Country Star Neal McCoy.

1980s rock tribute band Lazy Bonez will open the show at 5 p.m.; Neal McCoy is expected to take the stage around 7 p.m.

In addition to live music, local vendors will be set up at the event offering food and drink. The festival is free to attend. There’s no reserved seating, so bring your lawn chairs or blanket and stake out a spot.

This year, outside food and drink will not be allowed. A fireworks show over the Manatee River sponsored by Palmetto, Bradenton and Manatee County will follow the concert.

Fourth Fest kicks off at 5 p.m. July 4.

Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. Sutton Park, 1036 Sixth St. W., Palmetto.



Bradenton & Palmetto Manatee River fireworks show - July 4th

Palmetto and Bradenton share their the Fourth of July fireworks. The show is visible on both sides of the Manatee River.

Details: Fireworks are set to begin around 9:30 p.m. July 4 over the Manatee River.

Sarasota Downtown Bayfront fireworks show - July 4th

The fireworks show is sponsored by Suncoast Charities for Children in partnership with the Marina Jack restaurant; award-winning fireworks company Pyrotecnico will light the night.

Details: Fireworks to launch around 9 p.m. Monday, July 4 from near Bayfront Park, 5 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota.

Siesta Key fireworks - July 4th

The show launches around dusk from near Siesta Key Public Beach and is free to the public. Details: Fireworks set to launch around 8 p.m. on Monday, July 4 at Siesta Key Public Beach.


Venice Fireworks Show - July 4th

Fireworks will be shot from the South Jetty on Monday, July 4, shortly after 9 p.m. to celebrate Independence Day. The free show will last an estimated 30 minutes.

Although the South Jetty and Jetty Jacks Refreshment Deck will be closed for safety on the Fourth of July, the fireworks display may be viewed on area beaches from Caspersen to Nokomis, as well as from other locations around Venice. Arrive early to secure your spot.

Boats should be at anchor by 8:15 p.m. July 4; the Venice Inlet will be closed to boat traffic at 8:30 p.m. until about 45 minutes after the display’s grand finale.

In the case of inclement weather, the fireworks show may be delayed. Please visit the City of Venice Facebook page (Venice, Florida Municipal Government), Twitter (@CityofVeniceFL), or the News section of this website's homepage for updates.

North Port - Freedom Fest & Fireworks Show - July 4th

The City of North Port’s annual Freedom Festival, presented by American Irrigation, will kick-off at 5:00 p.m. on July 4, 2022 at CoolToday Park (18800 W Villages Parkway). This family-friendly signature event will include fun activities, great vendors, plenty of food options, and of course, fireworks.

Available on the front event lawn of the stadium will be a children’s activity section which will include a variety of free activities, vendors, lawn games, and much more. Local food and merchandise vendors are welcome to join in the fun — download a vendor application here.

In addition to the stadium concessions inside the ballpark, there will also be a variety of vendors and community organizations providing informational booths stationed along the concourse. Live music will be performed throughout the night featuring the Maiden Cane band. Seating will be available both inside the stadium or outside on the Event Lawn. If watching the Fireworks Show from the Event Lawn, the public is welcome to bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the show. No personal fireworks, sparklers, animals, or stickers will be permitted. Those who prefer to enjoy the show from home will be able to stream it on Facebook at

Free seating and parking are available on a first come, first serve basis (the public is strongly encouraged to carpool). The high-flying fireworks show by Garden State Fireworks will start at 9:00 p.m. weather permitting. The display is expected to end around 9:30 p.m.

Please bookmark this page, where the latest event information will be posted, or like and follow the City of North Port’s Parks & Recreation page on Facebook. If you will be attending in person and would like to opt in to receive safety and event-related messages about the festival, text FREEDOM2022 to 888-777.

Fireworks, Festivals, Concerts and More in Manatee & Sarasota for July 4th

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