Where to Watch Fireworks This Weekend

Ready to spend your Independence Day with fireworks? Here is a list of places in the Sarasota area where you watch the sky light up.

Nathan Benderson Park 

Saturday, July 3

In addition to fireworks, Nathan Benderson Park will be hosting a family-friendly, four-mile race and festival—think food, live music and art exhibitors—on Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free, but registration to compete in the race is $35 per person at the event and $40 to join the race virtually. Gates will open at 5 p.m, with fireworks just after 9 p.m. For more information visit nathanbendersonpark.org.

Bayfront Park

Sunday, July 4

While the celebration will begin at J.D. Hamel Park on Saturday, the fireworks take place on Sunday night at dusk. After a parade, which finishes at 8 p.m. at Bayfront Park, local American Idol participant Alana Sherman will sing the national anthem before the fireworks show begins. The fireworks can also be viewed from Hart’s Landing, which will host live music with food and drink. Details about the fireworks, parade and more can be found at suncoastsummerfest.org. 

Siesta Key Community Fireworks

Sunday, July 4

This year will mark Siesta Key’s 30th annual fireworks show at Siesta Key Public Beach. Put on by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the fireworks celebration will be free. The viewing area will open at 6 p.m., and fireworks will begin at dusk. Arrive early if you want a good seat.

The South Jetty at Venice Beach

Sunday, July 4

Beginning around 9 p.m., fireworks will be shot off of Venice Beach’s South Jetty at Humphris Park. The free show will last nearly 3o minutes, but attendees should arrive early to get a good view. And if you’re coming by boat, plan on anchoring by 8:30 p.m., as Venice inlet will be closed from 8:45 p.m. until 45 minutes after the fireworks show concludes. More information can be found at venicegov.com.

Manatee River 

Sunday, July 4

Fireworks in Manatee County will be launched over the Manatee River when darkness falls. The display can be seen from the Green Bridge and many restaurants along the river in Bradenton or Palmetto. Pier 22 in Bradenton will be hosting a Fourth of July buffet and Palmetto will be hosting its annual festival at Sutton Park, both with views of the show.


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