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What to Do This Week in Sarasota: July 2-8

Fireworks on the Lake, Choral Artists present “American Fanfare,” The Planetarium at Bishop reopens, and more.

By Kay Kipling July 2, 2020

Last year's fireworks at Nathan Benderson Park.

Editor's note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.

Nathan Benderson Park Fireworks on the Lake

July 3

Many fireworks displays have been canceled this year due to COVID-19, but Nathan Benderson Park still offers a drive-in, social distancing celebration of Independence Day. The show begins at 9 p.m., weather permitting; for tickets go to and And if you can’t make it, NBP’s partner, WWSB (ABC7), plans a one-hour special airing July 4 with the fireworks as the finale.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Planetarium Reopens

The popular Planetarium opened its doors again July 1 with a newly installed latest-generation system and enhanced safety procedures. (The new Digistar 6 system is 1 ½ times brighter than before.) A new show, Flight Through Our Solar System, takes viewers from the sun past Pluto to the outer fringe of our system. For advance tickets, head to

Choral Artists of Sarasota Virtual “American Fanfare” Concert

July 4

Patriotic favorites highlight this concert, set to stream at 4 p.m. on platforms including Facebook and the Choral Artists of Sarasota website. Along with “God Bless America,” the national anthem and “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” you can also hear a new piece presented in honor of Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist Project, “March of the Women,” by Ethel Smyth. Artistic director Joseph Holt says to be prepared to sing along with the tunes you know and love.

The Dali Museum Has Reopened

OK, it’s across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Pete, but it’s good news that the Dalí has reopened, albeit with reduced capacity and new health protocols. And a new exhibit, Dalí’s Sacred Science: Religion and Mysticism, will be on view through Nov. 1, highlighting five mixed-media projects from the artist’s later work. Also on view: At Home with Dalí, portraits by several photographers taken of Dalí in Spain.

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