June 28, 2018: Offshore Grand Prix Festival Kickoff Party & Fundraiser. Featuring an Open Bar, Food Stations catered by Mattison's Bayside, a 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auction and live music by Kettle of Fish. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dress: Island Casual. $150.00 Per Person, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Grand Foyer, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
June 30, - July 1 2018: It's the Sarasota Offshore Boat Races with Superstock & AquaX Races. Live Race Broadcast & Activities from the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach. Best Viewing off Lido Beach. Free admission and open To The Public. There's also VIP Race Viewing available at the Sandcastle Resort. There's a full slate of racing and festival activities.
July 3, 2018: Sarasota: Get your pre-4th sparkle and boom boom on early! Enjoy music and a spectacular fireworks show with your family. Bring your picnic, blanket or folding chairs. Personal fireworks prohibited. You can bring your own food and drinks, however no glass containers are allowed. A variety of musical groups will perform. Do not bring your dog to this event as the fireworks display may frighten it. Free admission. 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fireworks to begin at 9 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL.
July 4, 2018: Sarasota: All American Barbecue and Independence Day Celebration on the grounds of Selby Gardens. Enjoy All-American favorites from Michael’s On East, live music from The Hydramatic and family activities as part of the celebration plus enjoy the fireworks over Sarasota Bay from Selby Garden's bay front location. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL. 941-366-5731 for more info.
July 4, 2018: Sarasota: Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay. Part of the Suncoast Offshore Festival, viewing is free from anywhere downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park. The display is an awesome sight from a boat anchored on Sarasota Bay. Make sure you bring an umbrella just in case of rain. The Sarasota show starts at dusk or around 9:00 p.m. and is privately funded and charity focused and benefits Suncoast Charities for Children.
July 4, 2018: Siesta Key: The 28th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display is set to go! Fireworks over Siesta Key, are blasted off just north of the volleyball courts, so viewing is good from anywhere south and along Crescent Beach (south of Siesta Public Beach), out on the Gulf, or from the Intracoastal Waterway. Fireworks start around 9 p.m. For more info call: (941) 349-3800.
July 4, 2018: Venice: The Venice area fireworks are fired from the south Venice Jetty in the Venice Beach area and there are a number of good vantage points: anywhere along Venice Beach, Nokomis Beach, or from a boat on the Gulf of Mexico or anchored on the Intracoastal waterway, northeast of the Jetty on the water. Fireworks go up after sunset. Beach spectators are strongly advised to not bring their own fireworks. With so many people, especially small children, individuals using fireworks can be extremely dangerous. Arrive early as thousands line the beaches, jetty and surrounding waterways.
July 4, 2018: Anna Maria Island: The 32nd Annual Sandbar Restaurant Fireworks Spectacular is at the Sandbar Restaurant on the north end of the island next to Pine Avenue. Seating at the restaurant is first come, first served. Also, VIP Party Packages are available with prime seating set up on the beach for the fireworks show. Reservations for the VIP Party are required and seating is limited. Fireworks show viewing is free. 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria Island
July 4, 2018: Bradenton: Fireworks display over the Manatee River. The fireworks display is handled by the City of Palmetto. People usually gather along both sides of the Manatee River Riverwalk waterfront in downtown Bradenton and Palmetto around 9 p.m.