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July 4 weekend happenings

Manatee County


Celebrate America Live

When: 7 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday

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, 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.

Information: 383-2391


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.

Admission: Free


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)

Information: 779-2222


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

Information: 723-4580

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

Admission: Free

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.

Information: 748-8087

Marauders Fireworks

When: After the Marauders vs. Palm Beach Cardinals game. Game time is 6 p.m.

Where: McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

Admission: $6

Information: 747-3031

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

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Sarasota County


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.

Admission: $22

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

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

Admission: Free

Information: 706-7605

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

— Compiled by January Holmes