July 4th Fireworks and Events on Anna Maria Island
July 4th Parade – Before the fireworks, there’s a parade. Plan to celebrate all day. The parade starts on the south end of the island at Coquina Beach at 10 a.m. and travels north on Gulf Drive to Pine Ave in the city of Anna Maria to Bayfront Park. It will probably end around 1 pm.
There will be an after Parade Party at the Ugly Grouper in Holmes Beach where the Privateers will announce the Scholarship recipients of over $20,000.
Fireworks will be on the beach at the Sandbar Restaurant at the north end of Anna Maria Island in the city of Anna Maria, shortly after 8 p.m. Once again, park your car and use the free island trolley. Parking will be limited so it’s best to park your car and take the free Anna Maria Island trolley.
Sandbar Restaurant – 100 Spring Avenue in Anna Maria, FL 34216.
You can also watch the July 4th fireworks on Anna Maria Island from a boat out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Some July 4th tips to remember :
- Setting off your own fireworks is illegal on Anna Maria Island.
- Alcohol is not permitted on the beach.
- There are 2000 parking spots at Coquina Beach. They will probably fill up first thing in the morning. Once again, the trolley is recommended.
- Plan for the crowds. Take the extra time in your car to enjoy your family and friends.
- The last trolley leaves from Coquina Beach (south end of the island in Bradenton Beach) at 10 p.m. Be sure to get to the stop before then.
- If you’re at a trolley stop after dark, flash your cell phone or flashlight so the trolley drivers can see you waiting at the stop.
Plan to spend the day visiting the local shops and restaurants and swimming in the gorgeous blue green water. Fireworks are weather permitting.
July 4th Events in Areas Surrounding Anna Maria Island
July 4th on Longboat Key
Longboat Key Fireworks – July 4th – Freedom Fest Parade 9 am at Town Hall – 501 Bay Isles Road Longboat Key. Activities, food and drinks, children’s games at Bicentennial Park, next to Town Hall after the parade 9 to 11 a.m. Call 941-383-2466 for more information.
July 4th Fireworks in Palmetto, Florida
July 4th Fireworks in Palmetto at Lamb and Sutton Park – This year the fest will feature 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, The Oak Ridge Boys in the outdoor Pavilion at historic Sutton Park for a free concert. There will also be food vendors and and family friendly activities at Lamb Park for the children with rides and games starting at 1 p.m. The music line up begins with Boss Hawg opening at 4 p.m. and Caroline Cole at 5 p.m. The Oaks Ridge Boys take the stage around 7 p.m. Sutton Park is on Old Main Street in Downtown Palmetto. Lamb Park is adjacent to Sutton Park. The Manatee River is the site for the fireworks extravaganza starting around 9 p.m. Sutton Park: 1006 6th St W, Palmetto. Free admission. Free and paid parking around the area.
July 1st Fireworks at Lecom Field in Bradenton
If you’re ready to get started in the festivities early, check out the Bradenton Marauder’s Baseball game along with fireworks after the game at Lecom Field, formerly known as McKechnie Field in Bradenton. 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. on July 1st. The Marauders take on Florida with game time at 6:30 p.m. and a post-game fireworks show. The first 1,500 fans will receive free t-shirts. During the game fans will be able to bid on the patriotically themed jerseys the Marauders wear and winning bidders will be invited onto the field to receive the jersey after the game. Fans will be treated to the largest post game fireworks show of the season. Tickets: $6 – $8 and $10.
July 4th Fireworks over the Manatee River in Bradenton
The City of Bradenton’s main fireworks display over the Manatee River is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 4 at 9 p.m. This event is always well attended and for those interested in attending it’s a good idea to plan accordingly:
- The Green Bridge will close to pedestrian traffic at 8:30 p.m.
- No vehicle traffic will be allowed north of Third Avenue West/Ninth Street after 8:30 p.m. Pedestrians will be allowed on sidewalks north of Third Avenue but not on the bridge.
- Barcarrotta Boulevard may close upon determination by the Bradenton Police Department’s assessment of vehicle and pedestrian flow. The road will not be reopened until pedestrian traffic clears
- Free parking will be available at the municipal parking lots at 1000 Third Ave. W. (City Centre Lot), 1300 Fourth Ave. W. (near First Baptist Church), 410 10th St. W. (County Parking Garage) and 615 12th ST. W. (City Parking Garage). Limited parking will also be available at Bradenton Riverwalk.
- Public restrooms and portable bathrooms will be on Barcarrota at 10th through 12th streets. Additional restrooms will be open at Riverwalk near the clock tower and south of the splash pad.
- Old Main Street will be open to vehicle traffic.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
Once the 4th of July festivities are over, there’s always more to do. Check out Things to do on Anna Maria Island.
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