Fourth of July events in the Suncoast

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Published: Jul. 3, 2023 at 9:07 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2023 at 3:16 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - There are a lot of events happening across the Suncoast for Independence Day. There are celebrations for everyone! Here’s what’s going on.

Fireworks on the Lake:

On July 3, head out to Nathan Benderson Park for a celebration with vendors and, of course, fireworks.

Gates are open at 5 p.m., Live music starts at 5:30 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Parking is $20-$50 per carload. $75 per person for VIP.

Freedom Fest:

Come to Longboat Key for games and a dog parade!!! There will be a best costume category. This kicks off at 9 a.m. July 4 at Bicentennial Park.

Bayfront Fireworks:

Time for fireworks in downtown Sarasota. Set up shop at Bayfront Park near Marina Jack on July 4. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration:

On Monday, head over to LECOM Park in Bradenton to watch fireworks following the Marauders game. Gates open at 5:30.

The first 1,500 fans through the gate at this Bradenton Marauders game will get a free t-shirt.

Anna Maria Island Independence Day Parade:

The parade will kick off on July 4 at 10 a.m. and travel from Coquina Beach to City Pier Park.

Red, White and BOOM!

The Bishop Museum’s celebration will kick off July 4 at 5 p.m.

There are vendors and activities. Admission is $25. Children under 4 are free.

Manatee County Fireworks:

The fireworks are set to start at at 8:30 p.m. on the Manatee River.

City of Venice Fireworks:

View the July 4th fireworks display on Independence Day from area beaches from Caspersen to Nokomis, as well as from other locations around Venice. Please 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 from 8:30 p.m. until about 45 minutes after the display’s grand finale.

Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. on July 4.