The warmth and sun of Florida are an attraction any time of year, and the fun of an island vacation is nearly irresistible. Add some patriotic flair and take a refreshing respite this 4th of July. Pack your bags and prepare for fun in the sun, water, and even on land as you check out patriotic events including island-wide celebrations, parades, and more in addition to many other exciting activities the area has to offer to keep you busy during your Florida Keys July 4th stay.

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Anna Maria Island Fireworks

As the sun goes down, look to the sky for a patriotic way to light up the night on Anna Maria Island. On this 4th of July, the Sandbar Annual Fireworks Spectacular hosted by the Sandbar Restaurant, located at the north end of the island, is set to explode. The patriotic display lights up the night from near the restaurant’s wedding pavilion, but the show can be seen from almost any part of the island! For a “front-row seat,” take advantage of the restaurant’s exclusive VIP package. It includes a private area to watch the fireworks, delicious food prepared by the restaurant’s culinary team, an open bar, party favors, and valet parking. Fireworks start just after dusk.

Cape Coral Red, White & Boom!

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department is presenting what is often considered to be the best fireworks display and 4th of July party in Southwest Florida. There will be food trucks, a “Freedom 5K” race, live entertainment, and more. Purchase an adult or kids VIP ticket for extras like a BBQ catered meal, beverages, game and face painting areas, air-conditioned restrooms, and a prime viewing area for the fireworks show. Children under two are free, and children older than 13 will need to purchase an adult ticket to the VIP area. The Red, White, and Boom fireworks take place on Cape Coral Parkway at the foot of Cape Coral Bridge. The light show begins at 9:30 p.m. Please no pets, personal fireworks, or outside alcohol.

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Fourth of July Parade

Enjoy an island 4th of July parade like no other. The Anna Maria Island Privateers are hosting a 4th of July parade and celebration. The parade is set to start at Coquina Beach and end at City Pier in Anna Maria. The Privateers will board their boat-float, the Skullywag, to lead the parade filled with other people and groups, as well as the island’s elected officials and staff in parade float-golf carts. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Coquina Beach and moves north along the island where it ends at City Pier Park in Anna Maria around 12:30 p.m.

Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks

Check out the Sarasota Bay side of the islands on July 4th. You’ll love celebrating America’s birthday with a unique annual celebration that benefits youth. Suncoast Charities for Children is sponsoring the show that will light up the sky around dusk after you’ve enjoyed the Sarasota Bayfront Parade and other activities.

Longboat Key Celebration

Longboat Key will be decked out in red, white, and blue this 4th of July. Dress in your most festive red, white, and blue and prepare to meet Uncle Sam. Make sure the kids sport their best red, white, and blue, along with you, and if your furry friend made the trip with you, give them some patriotic swag as both kids and families can walk with their pets in the parade. Residents and guests can decorate cars, floats, scooters, strollers, golf carts, bikes, and wagons, while floats sponsored by island businesses will go by on four-wheeled vehicles such as golf carts and automobiles. The Annual Freedom Fest and Hot Diggity Dog Parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Town Hall.

Island Patriotism in the Keys

When you book your fun-filled 4th of July getaway to the Florida Keys and Sarasota, you won’t be short on activities to fill every minute of every day. With so many activities, both patriotic and otherwise to choose from, you’ll find something to do to keep the entire group entertained and happy. Choose a one-bedroom for your small family or a patriotic getaway with your sweetheart, all the way up to six bedrooms for a 4th of July reunion! Prepare a mouth-watering home-cooked meal in your rental’s fully equipped kitchen or use the provided BBQ in many units. Enjoy morning coffee, or a relaxing drink as you watch the sunset from a private balcony or patio. Recharge with a nap or a good night’s sleep in your own bedroom or spread out in the spacious living area to read a book or watch a movie. Choose a premium unit for upgrades like stainless steel appliances, double ovens, flat-screen TVs, and more.

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