Sarasota: A special Independence Day "Fireworks Spectacular" will be at 9pm with viewing along Sarasota Bayfront Park.
Selby Gardens: Celebrate the Fourth of July in tropical style at Selby Gardens 6-11 p.m. July 4 featuring live music and fireworks after dark. Bring blankets and chairs; no coolers. Admission: $20 adults, $17 members, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-366-5731 or visit www.selby.org.
Siesta Key: The 23rd annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Party blasts off around 9:15pm north of the volleyball courts.
Venice: Fireworks start at 9pm and will be shot from the South Jetty, visible from area beaches and other locations in the area.
North Port: The 10th annual Freedom Festival at North Port High School (6400 W. Price Boulevard) starts at 6 p.m., with fireworks taking off at 9pm.
Englewood: Cajun Fest on Dearborn Street gets going at 11am, with fireworks around 9pm.
Palmetto: The Village People with opening act The Guess Who will perform a free concert sponsored by the City of Palmetto at Sutton Park Pavilion (6th Street West and 10th Avenue West) starting around 5pm. At the end of the show, guests are encouraged to take a short walk down to the Manatee River to enjoy a fireworks display that starts around 9:30pm. It will also be visible from Bradenton Riverwalk.
Anna Maria Island: The Sandbar and BeacHhouse Restaurants will host two consecutive fireworks shows July 3rd and 4th. On Wednesday, July 3rd the BeacHhouse in Bradenton Beach will host their 20th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Entertainment will be provided by DJ John Rinell with dancing and party favors. Seating other than the VIP area is available on a first come, first served basis. The Grand Finale is at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria on Thursday, July 4. This is the 27th Annual Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular. Both firework shows start shortly after dark and are weather permitting. For more information, visit www.groupersandwich.com/events.