July 4th is just around the corner, and although the celebrations we engage in today look far different than the ones that have taken place over the centuries, the underlying feeling of excitement, happiness, and pride in our country has never changed. And as summer taps on our doors, the hallways of schools are quiet and dark, many families take this all-American holiday to engage in a worldwide tradition, their annual family vacation, and if your journey brings you to Sarasota for Independence Day, all the better! This guide to the events, activities, and fun you can have during your Florida getaway also gets better when you choose RentTheKeys for your summer sanctuary!

Summer Circus Spectacular, July 3rd, Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road

Although the Summer Circus Spectacular is a summer-long event that takes place from June 14 through August 17, their July 3rd performances will make a fantastic way to start your holiday celebrations. Every night offers something different, including contortion artists, acrobats, hair hang, and slack wire, and ticket prices are low enough $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 & under) ensures that this exciting show will easily fit into most vacation budgets. Additionally, for $5 more per ticket, guests will get admission to the Circus Galleries and the Tibbals Learning Center, so why not take this holiday to run away to the circus?

Stars, Stripes, and Rooftop Delights, July 4 at 7:00 PM, Westin Sarasota

For the best views, you always want to go up, and that includes for the best views of firework shows as well, making participation in Stars, Stripes, and Rooftop Delights an excellent choice for your July 4th celebration. Dance the night away to the beats played by one of our favorite local DJs, fall in love with the beauty of Sarasota at night, and devour an all-American BBQ buffet, while sipping refreshing cocktails and when the fire in the sky begins you will have the best seat in the house to enjoy the show! General Admission Tickets cost $130 per person and include the meal and one Welcome Drink ($50 for those under 12. If you really want to party the night away the right way, VIP Tickets include reserved seating, another round of drinks, and a Welcome Swag Bag filled with goodies; this package starts at $1500, though, so it is a bit pricey!

Rhinestone Cowgirls: Legendary Ladies of Country Music, July 4 at 7:00 PM, Florida Studio Theater

Country music is a beautifully unique American genre, and the women of country music are equally beautiful and unique, making this celebration of female country stars a perfect way to honor our country. This 90-minute show features three talented women performing covers of some of the most popular country classics, the ones sung by your favorite stars, including Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn. And because this is an American holiday, you might expect (and would be absolutely correct in doing so) that Independence Day, Martina McBride’s popular hit, will be played! Ticket prices start at $37 and can be reserved online at the Florida Studio Theatre website.

July 4th Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular, July 4, Sarasota Bayfront Park

To you it might seem that we took a long time to get to the heart of the matter, but to us, well, we just call it building the anticipation of a night filled with big booms and all the colors of the rainbow! The July 4th Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular is a community event that has been a local obsession for just over 10 years and is a part of the fireworks you will see at the Stars, Stripes, and Rooftop Delight event we mentioned earlier. Beginning at dusk, sometime around 9 PM, and ending approximately 30 minutes later, this show is mirrored in the waters of the Bay, doubling your fun!

July 4th with RentTheKeys

Barbecues, pool parties, and all the Bomb Drop cocktails you can drink can be the best part of your celebration when you choose to stay in and check out the amenities of your summer sanctuary. And although we can’t guarantee they will happen, nor can we guarantee that they will be sanctioned, chances are some community-based fireworks will be in your future! We love any chance to celebrate, and in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, fireworks are permitted in the neighborhoods on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and of course, the 4th of July, which makes us wonder why anyone would consider leaving the house to fight traffic and crowds when everything they need for a beautiful holiday can be found right here with us. Contact us and reserve your favorite RentTheKeys holiday hideaway and discover all the ways you can celebrate our nation’s birthday while enjoying all the comforts of home!