After barbecues, boat parades and plenty of red, white and blue, there's no better way to end a Fourth of July celebration than watching fireworks. We've rounded up a list of cool Sarasota and Manatee County spots where you can catch the most spectacular displays. Get your lawn chairs—and a couple local beers—ready.
9 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota
The Sarasota park will be hosting its annual fireworks display and family-friendly event the night before the Fourth. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 9. Parking is $30 per car on Regatta Island and $20 per car in the South Lot. Publix is also sponsoring a four-mile race that begins at 6:15, with a kid's dash, as well. Race registration costs $35 until Friday, July 1, and is $40 on the day of the event. For more information, click here.
9 p.m. Monday, July 4, 5 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota
Celebrate the Fourth with classic Sarasota fireworks along the bayfront. The display can be seen from Bayfront Park beginning at 9 p.m. The fireworks can also be seen at the Marina Jack restaurant while enjoying dinner. Arrive early to find parking and a viewing spot. For more information, click here. To make a Marina Jack dinner reservation, click here or call (941) 365-4232.
8 p.m. Monday, July 4, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, Sarasota
This will be Siesta Key's 31st annual fireworks show at its renowned white sand beach. Arrive at 6 p.m. to get a good seat in the sand. Fireworks will begin at 8. More information can be found at siestakeychamber.com.
9 p.m. Monday, July 4, 2000 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice
Fireworks will be launched on Monday night from Venice's South Jetty Humphris Park. The 30-minute show will begin at 9 p.m., so arrive early for a good view. If watching from your boat, plan to anchor by 8:15. The inlet will be closed for the duration of the show. Click here for more info.
9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton
Manatee County will display fireworks over the Manatee River at nightfall. The fireworks can be seen from the Riverwalk, the Green Bridge and many restaurants and bars along the river. Pier 22 will host an Independence Day buffet starting at 7 p.m., where you'll get prime viewing. Palmetto will also host its annual Fourth of July celebration at Sutton Park.
You can also enjoy food, live music and a fireworks view at Mattison's Riverwalk Grille. Call (941) 896-9660 to make a reservation. Or join The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature for its second annual Independence Day celebration. For $40, you get Nancy's Bar-B-Q and a prime viewing spot at the museum's Riverside Plaza. Admission without food is $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. Click here to reserve your ticket by Thursday, June 30.