Celebrate America Live
When: 7 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday
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Where: Christian Retreat Conference Center, 1200 Gloryway Blvd., East Manatee
Activities: Patriotic songs and a review of Americana from the 1950s to the present by Randy Estelle, a recording and performing artist with the Celebrate America Live Singers and Band and guest vocalist Jim Pierce.
Admission: Tickets available on line at www.randyestelle live.com, or at the Christian Retreat reception desk; two to seven tickets in advance are $14 each; eight or more in advance are $10 each. Single tickets are $18 (and the day of the performance at the door).
Information: (941) 322-2076 or (888) 617-4266.
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant annual Boom Boom on the Bay
When: Fireworks start around 9:15 p.m.
Where: 760 Broadway St., North Longboat Key
Activities: Live music, food available for purchase
Admission: $25, includes two drinks and reserves your seat.
Anna Maria Island Privateers’ July Fourth parade
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Begins at Coquina Beach and ends at Bayfront Park on Anna Maria Island. An after party will be held at Cafe on the Beach from noon to 4 p.m. featuring the Privateers’ annual scholarship award ceremony and live music. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
DAV July 4 Celebration
When: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Where: The Disabled American Veterans Post, 111 63rd Ave., Bradenton
Activities: Live band, prize drawings and food. Open to the public. All proceeds go to needy veterans and special community events.
Admission: $3 donation
Beachhouse Fireworks Extravaganza
When: 7 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:15 (weather permitting)
Where: 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach
Activities: Open bar, appetizer and dinner buffet, dessert, party favors with a great view of fireworks
Music: DJ John Rinell
Admission: $70 per person (includes one parking pass) or $560 for a table of eight (includes two parking passes)
City of Palmetto Independence Day Celebration
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Riverside Park West and Riverside Drive, Palmetto
Activities: Rides, food, games and family entertainment with live music on Riverside Drive. There also will be Lance’s Cruzin the Hop car show and a motorcycle show. Greetings from Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant at 6 p.m. followed by a salute to the American flag. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m.
Music: Soul Purpose, Big Daddy, KoKo Ray, Tony Tyler, The Shaman Band, The Fourth Annual Karaoke Contest
Bradenton Fourth Celebration presented by the Old Main Street Merchants Association
When: 4-10 p.m.
Where: Old Main Street, downtown Bradenton
Activities: Vendors; fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
Music: Live music
Mattison’s Riverside Fourth of July VIP Fireworks Celebration
When: 6 p.m.
Where: 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton
Activities: Dinner includes all-American specialties such as barbecue ribs, barbecue chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, coleslaw and homemade apple pie. There also will be clams, mussels, scallop kabobs and shrimp on the menu. VIP seating for fireworks on the river, dancing and music.
Music: Live music by New Justice
Admission: $49.95 adults and $14.95 children. RSVPs only please. Seats are going fast.
When: After the Marauders vs. Palm Beach Cardinals game. Game time is 6 p.m.
Where: McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
July 4th Extravaganza hosted by Marriott Bradenton
When: Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 100 Riverfront Drive W., Bradenton
Activities: Riverfront views of the fireworks, VIP parking and live music. Dinner will be served 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $24.95 a person, includes dinner.
Information: Please RSVP at 782-1810.
Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria Island
n Family party packages are sold out
Gloria Musicae presents “A Spectacular Fourth”
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Activities: Led by Joseph Holt, former official pianist of the United States Army Chorus, this concert will feature popular favorites, including a rendition of the “Armed Forces Salute.” The concert will include a musical visit to America’s great cities and a look at the American experience through song.
Information: 360-7399 or 925-3183
Tropical Fourth at Selby Gardens
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota
Activities: Children’s games, face painting, an all-American cookout and prizes given for best patriotic attire. The evening will end with fireworks on the bayfront. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Admission: $15 for Selby members, $18 for nonmembers and free for children 11 and younger.
Information: 366-5731, ext. 241, or www.selby.org
Flag Fest, presented by Spotlight Entertainment Inc.
When: 4 p.m. to midnight
Where: Five Points Park to Gulfstream Avenue, downtown Sarasota
Activities: Games, carnival rides, all-American food, face-painting, car show and live music. Fireworks are at 9 p.m.
Music: Xtra Voltage, Local Celebrity, Gibson Cage, Soul Purpose, Fireworks, D15 and the Florida Blues Brothers with Sarasota Gold
2010 Siesta Key Fireworks VIP Community Celebration
When: Party at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9 p.m.
Where: Siesta Key beach
Activities: Gourmet picnic for two prepared by top area restaurants on site with beer, wine and soft drinks available, on-site parking, fireworks, music simulcast on WSRQ 106.9. Your name also will be featured in on-site advertising.
Admission: $150 for two adults, $15 for children ages 11-15 and free for children 10 and younger.
Information: 349-3800 or www.siestakeychamber.com
— Compiled by January Holmes