Today's best bets: July 6

July 5, 2013 

PAUL VIDELA/pvidela@bradenton.com Cozied up in their folding chairs, Peter and Kimberly Maroon of Parrish watch the fireworks on the Manatee River with their children Nicholas, Courtney and Brittney. Hundreds of people crowded along Bradenton's Riverwalk to enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks, many arriving hours early despite the rain to secure a good viewing spot.

PAUL VIDELA — Paul Videla

Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix: various locations, Sarasota

JULY 6: Powerboats by the Bay display featuring live entertainment and food vendors 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 6 at Centennial Park, 10th Street and U.S. 41; free.

JULY 6: "Meet and Greet Who's in the Drivers Seat" reception, featuring participating race teams and special guests, 10 a.m.-noon at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota; $5 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free.

JULY 6: "Finz Finds Scenic Bounty Ride" with registration at 9:30 a.m. at Jennette Properties, 5899 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota.

JULY 6: "Miss Super Boat Grand Prix" Bikini Contest, 3-4:30 p.m. at Centennial Park.

JULY 6: "Pre-Race" Party and Fashion Show, 6-11 p.m. at Hyatt Regency; $15.

JULY 7: The annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race will be held in two heats, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., off Lido Beach between New Pass and Big Pass.

For tickets, admission, registration and a full schedule of events, visit www.suncoastoffshore.org.

Art walk: Village of the Arts, 12th St. W. and Ninth Ave., Bradenton

The Village of the Arts will have an art walk 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 6. Galleries and shops will be open for business with extended hours. Information: 941-747-8056 or visit www.villageofthearts.com.

Family Night "Planet Ocean": South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton

The entire family is welcome to "Planet Ocean," a celebration of the wondrous sea life featuring the movie "A Dolphin Tale," 4 and 8 p.m. July 6. Aquarium staff member Mr. Jeff will hold a biology lesson in the classroom featuring a real shark dissection and get up close and friendly with sea stars, urchins, and hermit crabs. The museum offers Family Nights at half price of regular admission and is free to museum members. Information: 941-746-4131.

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