Summer’s biggest event is here and there’s plenty to do in Southwest Florida. If you’re still planning your Fourth of July holiday, check out these events happening near West Villages.
See the Fireworks
For a free display of bombs bursting in air, check out Venice’s fireworks display that is scheduled to start just after 9 p.m. and last for a half hour. The fireworks are manned from the South Jetty and area beaches from Caspersen to Nokomis will be open for public viewing. Boats are also allowed in the water but should plan to anchor by 8:30 p.m. No boats will be allowed in the Venice Inlet after 8:45 p.m.
Fireworks Over Sarasota Bay event that begins at 9 p.m. on July 4. Parking is free if you get there early enough to snag a spot at Bayfront Park or Island Park, or plan to spend $5 to park in nearby garages, like at Palm Avenue. There are also tickets available for prime viewing spots for purchase at Marina Jack’s and the Marina Jack II will offer a dinner sail that ends with the fireworks display.
If music is the way you like to ring in independence, head to the Fourth of July Jam Blast at Snook Haven Restaurant at 5000 E. Venice Boulevard in Venice. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and music will last all day. The musical element is tied in with the Myakka River Kayak Festival where attendees can bring their own canoe and kayak to launch, or pick out rentals.
The Patriotic Spectacular Concert sung by The Choral Artists of Sarasota will happen at the First United Methodist Church in Sarasota. It begins at 4:30 p.m. and will feature patriotic staples. Attendees can enjoy the music and still have time to head to local fireworks displays.
Head to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota for the good old-fashioned Fourth of July barbecue hosted by Michael’s and located at 900 South Palm Avenue. In addition to great cookout food, families can enjoy live music, yard games and excellent seats for the fireworks at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $35 per person.
Head to the North Port Freedom Festival on Independence Day for family-friendly Fourth of July fun. The event is held at North Port High School and with a fireworks display just after dark being choreographed to music provided by KDW Radio 95.7 FM. Kids can enjoy face painting and rock wall climbing, and parents can enjoy food and items for sale. Five different lots will offer free parking.
Where will you and your family head this Independence Day?