When you live in where summer reigns eternal, you might think it would get old after a while, but on Siesta Key, the opposite true. We love everything about the summer months, spending our days hanging out the beaches, eating all the fresh seafood we can handle, and participating in the seasonal events that take place every year, including all the fun stuff that accompanies our celebration of our nation’s birthday. If your summer journey brings you to Siesta Key for a stay in our Rent Siesta Key retreats and an exploration of everything 4th of July related, this guide to what the holiday will entail will help you fill every minute of the day with fun and fancy!

Suncoast’s Largest Food Truck Festival, July 1-3, University Town Center in Sarasota

The celebrating starts early in this part of the coast, and although Suncoast’s Largest Food Truck Festival takes place in Sarasota, it will take you just minutes to get there to participate in all the yum! Featuring over 70 food trucks—yes, you read that right, over 70—there is no way you will be able to avoid overeating, but it is a holiday, and everyone knows there are no calories in holiday food, right? The festival also offers live music to dance to and a fireworks display to ooh and ahh over, ensuring that your kickoff to the big party will be as exciting and fun as the celebrations that follow. Additionally, the stores will be open during the festival, so guests can get in a little extra shopping while they are there.

Independence Day Golf Cart Parade, Riviera Bay Community Playground in St. Petersburg

This next fun event involves a road trip, but once you see it, we think you will agree that it was more than worth the extra time! Held in the evening of July 3rd, starting at 7 PM, this parade is unlike any you have ever witnessed before, featuring a convoy of golf carts decorated in patriotic colors. There will be no marching bands and there may be some candy thrown to the viewers, we don’t know, but we do know that this free parade will tickle your funny bone and make you wish you could live here forever!

Picnic on the Beach, any Siesta Key Beach

If your kids are like ours, they awaken at dawn’s first light, eager to get to the fireworks segment of the celebration, and keeping them entertained and patient until the big event finally does arrive can be a full-time job. We have learned, however, that promising a picnic on the beach usually quiets the queries of, “Is it time yet?” If you really want to make a splash, fill your cooler with red, white, and blue foods (strawberries, mini marshmallows, and blueberries are a great start!) and deck your family out in equally patriotic-looking suits.

The Fireworks Go Boom!

There is nothing we love more than a fireworks show on 4th of July, and there will be a variety of displays going on in the area, including right here on Siesta Key. We know that our guests love choices, so we have listed a few of our favorite shows below.

Fireworks on the Lake, Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, July 3

We’ve looked at this from all the angles and we simply can’t see anything wrong with being able to enjoy two nights of fireworks! Fireworks on the Lake, held on July 3, is a memorable celebration of our nation’s birthday, offering not just fireworks, but music, food, beverage, and an almost overwhelming show of community friendship and support. Also offering a variety of kid-friendly activities, you won’t be disappointed when this night ends because you have another day of celebrating to do and another night of fireworks to watch on the actual holiday. 

Siesta Key Community Fireworks, July 4th, Siesta Beach at Dusk

Grab the beach chairs you probably found in the closet, fill the cooler with your favorite beverages, and head over to Siesta Beach for a night of fun and explosions. The Siesta Key Community Fireworks show is a very popular event, so be sure to arrive early, something that will be easy to do if you are staying in one of our Rent Siesta Key beachfront properties. You can just open the door and be on the white sands in minutes! The show is also visible from Crescent Beach.

Happy 4th of July from Rent Siesta Key

Finally, there will be the moments you choose not to leave your Rent Siesta Key holiday haven, hanging out by the pool, lazing on balconies that offer prime viewing of the fireworks display or of the amateur displays provided by neighbors (fireworks are legal on Independence Day in Sarasota and Manatee Counties). Proving that vacation dreams can come true and can be more magical than realized, our properties will be your favorite part of your Siesta Key getaway. Contact us and reserve your favorite today!