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Your Top 5 Things to Do: June 28-July 4

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix, Fourth of July fireworks and more.

By Ilene Denton June 28, 2018

A view from the 2016 Suncoast Powerboat Grand Prix

Hotelplanner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival

Boats by the Bay party June 29

Grand Prix Fan Festival June 30 and July 1

Powerboat Racing June 30 and July 1

The Hotelplanner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival has a mouthful of a new name, but a 34-year tradition of racing history to benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. The June 29 Boats by the Bay party and June 30-31 Grand Prix Fan Festival—both in the Van Wezel parking lot—build to the powerboat races, which will air later on CBS Sports. For everything you need to be part of the action, check out sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org

Palmetto Fourth of July Party with Charlie Daniels

July 4

The Charlie Daniels Band headlines this family-friendly event at Sutton Park, with food and craft vendors, a kid zone and beer garden. Fireworks after the show.

Fourth of July Fireworks

July 3 and 4

Two days of fireworks to celebrate America’s birthday: first on Tuesday, the 3rd at Nathan Benderson Park, with the Greg Billings Band and other musical groups; picnicking is encouraged. Venice celebrates the 4th with fireworks on the South Jetty. And the big Sarasota fireworks take place Wednesday at dusk along Bayfront Park near Marina Jack. Happy Fourth of July, everyone.

Murder for Two

Opening June 27

Killer laughs aplenty in this Off-Broadway musical comedy about a policeman whose big chance at becoming detective when shots ring out at a celebrity’s birthday party. One actor portrays all 10 suspects. In Florida Studio Theatre’s Keating Theatre through July 29.


Choral Artists of Sarasota

Image: Barbara Banks

Patriotic Spectacular

July 4

Rousing patriotic songs, a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, and a salute to Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday are all on the program at Choral Artists of Sarasota’s annual Independence Day concert. Guest artist is Nate Jacobs of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival 2018

8:00 AM Van Wezel Parking Lot

The 34th Annual hotelplanner.com Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival with events for family to enjoy

Special Events

4th of July Festival with Charlie Daniels Band

Sutton Park

The Charlie Daniels Band headlines the City of Palmetto's 4th of July festivities at Sutton Park.


"Murder for Two"

Florida Studio Theatre

FST's summer season continues with this musical comedy, a fast-paced whodunit loaded with killer laughs.


Patriotic Spectacular

$35 in advance, $40 at the door First Church

Presented by Choral Artists of Sarasota