The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break, and the heat and fun get turned up in July, especially around Independence Day.

Pack your bags and gather your loved ones for a fun and exciting vacation full of sand, water, and sun, as well as some patriotic fun to the itinerary this 4th of July in Florida. The Sarasota and Bradenton area has a myriad of 4th of July fun as well as regular activities for you to enjoy during your well-deserved break.

4th of July Fireworks on the Manatee River

Watch the night explode over the river. The dazzling display can be seen on the river between the Green and De Soto bridges on July 4, 2024. Fireworks can be seen from both the Palmetto and Bradenton sides of the river. The show starts runs 9:30-10 p.m.

Bradenton Summer Market

The market takes place monthly throughout the summer. Browse local arts and crafts, homemade goodies and treasures, and even score some locally-grown fresh produce. Plan your visit around the dates, or make sure to incorporate them in your itinerary if they’re happening during your trip. The market is the second Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Old Main Street. If you’re able to stretch an extended stay with us, this July’s market is July 13.

Summer Circus Spectacular

Circus fans will no doubt be making at least one performance part of their 4th of July itinerary. The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling have once again come together to present performances from some of the finest circus artists from around the globe. Performances take place daily, June 14 – August 17. Adult admission is $20 and children are $15 and can be purchased on the event page on the Ringling website. There are several performances available in early July. There are no performances on July 4th. Check the website to book tickets for a performance during your stay.

Bradenton Marauders

While some baseball fans vacationing in Florida will want to check out a Miami Marlins or Tampa Bay Rays, enjoy a minor league game right in Bradenton during your 4th of July stay. The team has home games July 1-3 before going on the road. They’ll return to their home field for another series of home games July 9-14.

Suncoast Summer Fest

The event kicks off the summer season and includes a series of special event fundraisers to raise money for organizations that benefit local children, teens, and adults with special needs and their families.

The events take place at various locations around Sarasota, and include the Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic on June 21, the “Friendliest Catch” Fishing Tournament on June 26, the “Waves and Wheels” party and fun run on June 28, and end with an explosive end with Bayfront fireworks for the 4th of July.

Beaches

An escape to a beach location like Bradenton and Sarasota this 4th of July means spending plenty of time on the beach. Spread your beach blanket and plant your umbrella for some time in the shade near the water. Step out into the sun and sunbathe, or change up your exercise routine with a walk or run on the beach.

Water Activities

If the waters of the Gulf seem to be calling your name this 4th of July, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy and beat the heat. Swim in the waves of the Gulf or take a lesson or rent some gear for activities like stand up paddleboarding or kayaking. Zip across the water on a jet ski, or explore below the waves on a snorkeling or SCUBA adventure. Take to the water for a fishing excursion, either to the depths of the Gulf or just casting a line from the shore.

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Take some “adults only” time and visit to the area’s wineries and distilleries. There are several distilleries that call Bradenton and the surrounding area home. Stop by venues like Naughty Monk Brewery, Darwin Brewing Company, Loaded Cannon Distillery, and more.

Wine lovers can make a stop at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard. Their wines are made from grapes grown at the on-site vineyard. Go on a tasting or tour, or book a special event. Once you’ve tried everything, choose your favorite wines or spirits to take back to your rental to pair with a home-cooked meal.

Patriotic Fun in Bradenton and Sarasota

Enhance your 4th of July experience this year with a stay in a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as one bedroom for a solo or sweetheart retreat, all the way up to eight bedrooms so you can invite all of your family and friends to experience 4th of July fun.

After a long day of 4th of July-filled fun, or in anticipation of the 4th of July cookout, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully-equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas, or in a private outdoor space. Relax in a private bedroom, or gather the group, pop some popcorn, and watch your favorite movie.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida make it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break, and the Thanksgiving holiday is a great opportunity to take a break and enjoy a long weekend that’s also the unofficial end of summer. Enjoy a vacation full of sand, water, sun, and fun with loved ones before fall arrives. The Sarasota and Bradenton area are mainland Florida destinations that provide the ultimate experience in beach vacations for Thanksgiving in Florida. Not only do they have their own beaches, but they’re also close to several barrier islands that offer a different beach vibe for your Thanksgiving respite.

Dinner

Turn to the fully equipped kitchen of your vacation rental in Bradenton or Sarasota! It has all the basics for preparing and serving the delicious holiday meal. If you’ve decided to take a break from everything, including cooking, this year, the area has some delicious eats, too. Michael’s on East is preparing the meal with dine-in and pick up options. Also, the Ritz-Carlton will be hosting a Thanksgiving brunch in the grand ballroom. Other restaurants serving up the feast may include the three Mattison’s locations, Bevardi’s Salute Restaurant, and others. Make sure to call first to check availability and to make reservations if necessary.

Ditch the Beach, Dig the Grass

After the big meal, get some exercise. Restoration Church of Sarasota will be hosting its annual volleyball tournament. The day starts with “pool” play to qualify to play in the gold and silver division bracket play. Teams of four players each MUST be co-ed. Register through their Facebook page by Thursday, November 23rd. Gold bracket champs win a $1,000 cash prize! The event takes place Saturday, November 25, 2023. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. with play beginning at 8 a.m.

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Set aside some “adults only” time during your Thanksgiving retreat and visit the area’s wineries and distilleries. There are several breweries and distilleries that call Bradenton and the surrounding area home, including Naughty Monk Brewery, Darwin Brewing Company, Loaded Cannon Distillery, and more. Wine lovers will want to add a stop at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, where the wines are made from grapes grown at the on-site vineyard. Enjoy a tasting or tour or book a special private event. Once you’ve tasted the offerings, choose your favorite wines, beers, or spirits to take back to your rental to pair with your Thanksgiving feast, or another home-cooked meal.

Beaches

An escape to beach locations like Bradenton and Sarasota over the Thanksgiving holiday means spending plenty of time on the beach. With the warmer weather of Florida in the fall, you and your loved ones can spend a little extra time out in the sun and in the water, with a less-intense sun. Sunbathe, change up your exercise routine with a walk or run on the beach, or brave the cooler waters for a swim, snorkel, or SCUBA adventure in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Boat Tours

A great way to get to know the area you’ve decided to call home for the Thanksgiving holiday is to get out and explore on land and on water. While exploring on land is easy – just hop in your rental car, take a walk or bike around, you’ll want to get familiar with the waters of the area too. There are several companies that offer tours on the waters surrounding Bradenton and Sarasota. Guides are full of fun information about the area’s history and ecology, so you’ll learn some fun and interesting trivia while enjoying time at sea. Keep your camera ready and your eyes peeled for sea life like dolphins, manatees, rays, and more! Book a private tour for you and your loved ones and pack a picnic of Thanksgiving leftovers, including your favorite alcoholic beverages.

The Keys

Give your Thanksgiving break an island twist. Off the coast of Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding area is a group of barrier islands that protect Sarasota Bay from the sometimes harsh waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Choose a destination like Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, or Siesta Key this Thanksgiving for a fun day trip. Each island has its own unique flair as well as plenty of Florida fun like parasailing, boat tours, plus some Thanksgiving fun, without the traffic of the mainland.

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Florida

Enhance your Thanksgiving retreat to Bradenton and Sarasota with a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as 1-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart excursion, all the way up to 8-bedrooms for a Thanksgiving gathering that includes all your loved ones! After a long day of activities, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas of your unit, or a private outdoor space. Relax in a private bedroom or gather the group and watch your favorite holiday movies or TV show episodes.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break, and the Labor Day holiday is a great opportunity to take a break and enjoy a long weekend that’s also the unofficial end of summer. Enjoy a vacation full of sand, water, sun, and fun with loved ones before fall arrives. The Sarasota and Bradenton area are mainland Florida destinations that provide the ultimate experience in Florida beach vacations. Not only do they have their own beaches, but they’re also close to several barrier islands that offer a different beach vibe for your Labor Day weekend in Florida.

Beaches

An escape to beach locations like Bradenton and Sarasota means spending plenty of time on the beach, no matter what time of year you come, but especially during the still-warm weather and waters you’ll find during the Labor Day holiday. You and your loved ones can spend a little extra time out in the sun and in the water, as the sun’s power lessens as fall draws near. Sunbathe, change up your exercise routine with a walk or run on the beach, or take a swim, snorkel, or SCUBA adventure in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Beach Horseback Rides

Saddle up and head out on an adventure this Labor Day. While a trail ride along area hiking trails is the usual experience, you can also take the experience to the water’s edge. There are several companies in the area that provide horseback rides that stroll along the water on the beach. There are even some tours where the horses venture out into the water for an extra splash. Whichever company you choose, advanced reservations are required, and they’ll need details like rider height, weight, and age so they can pair each rider with the horse that best fits their needs.

Boat Tours

A great way to get to know the area you’ve decided to call home for the Labor Day holiday is to get out and explore, both on land and on water. While exploring on land is easy – just hop in your rental car or take a walk, you’ll want to get familiar with the waters of the area too. There are several companies that offer tours of the waters surrounding Bradenton and Sarasota. Guides are full of information about the area’s history and ecology, so you’ll learn some interesting trivia while enjoying time at sea. Keep your camera ready and your eyes peeled for sea life like dolphins, manatees, rays, and more! Book a private tour for you and your loved ones and pack a picnic, including your favorite alcoholic beverages.

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Set aside some “adults only” time and visit the area’s wineries and distilleries. There are several breweries and distilleries that call Bradenton and the surrounding area home, including Naughty Monk Brewery, Darwin Brewing Company, Loaded Cannon Distillery, and more. Wine lovers will want to add a stop at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, where the wines are made from grapes grown at the on-site vineyard. Enjoy a tasting or tour or book a special private event. Once you’ve tasted the offerings, choose your favorite wines, beers, or spirits to take back to your rental to pair with your favorite home-cooked meals.

The Keys

Off the coast of Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding area is a group of barrier islands that protect Sarasota Bay from the crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Head to Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, or Siesta Key this Labor Day for an unforgettable day trip. Each island has its own unique flair as well as plenty of Florida fun like parasailing, boat tours, and more without the traffic of the mainland.

The Ringling

Art, history, circus memorabilia, gardens, a historic theater, and more await for you to explore this Labor Day. The property preserves the legacy of John Ringling, one of the five brothers who formed the Ringling Brothers Circus, and his wife Mable. Wander the property and include visits to the State Art Museum of Florida, two circus museums, an education center, the historic Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, and the historic Asolo Theater where you can see a variety of live performances. The grounds and gardens are always free to visit, and admission to the Museum of Art is free on Mondays, but hours may vary during the holiday.

Celebrate Labor Day in Florida

Enhance your Labor Day retreat to Bradenton and Sarasota with a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as one bedroom for a solo excursion, all the way up to eight bedrooms for a Labor Day gathering that includes all your loved ones! After a long day, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas of your unit, or in a private outdoor space. Relax in a private bedroom or gather your group and watch your favorite movie or TV show.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break, and the 4th of July holiday is a great opportunity to take a break and enjoy a long weekend and summer fun. Enjoy a vacation full of sand, water, sun, and fun with loved ones. The Sarasota and Bradenton area are destinations that provide the ultimate experience in Florida beach vacations. Not only do they have their own beaches, but they’re also close to several barrier islands that offer a different beach vibe for your 4th of July in Bradenton FL and Sarasota retreat.

Anna Maria Island

The small town of Anna Maria on Anna Maria Island knows how to throw a big 4th of July party. The fun starts July 2nd with fireworks at the Sandbar on the beach by Sandbar Seafood and Spirits. Then on the 4th, celebrate with residents and other visitors at the 4th of July Parade and Water Fight, hosted by the Privateers. The parade starts at 9 a.m. along Bay Street. The day ends on an explosive note with a fireworks show over the water!

Suncoast’s Largest Food Truck Festival

Head to the mall at University Town Center in Sarasota for some delicious food and Independence Day fun. The festival includes over 30 food trucks, a Kid’s Zone, and more. Admission and parking are free, and things are wrapped up Sunday night with a fireworks show. The festival runs July 2nd and 3rd, 2-9 p.m.

Fireworks

Fireworks will be exploding all over Bradenton, Sarasota, the keys, and surrounding area. If you can’t find a schedule or list of specific celebrations, just look up! Fireworks will fill the sky over South Jetty Beach, and other locations all weekend long. If it’s dark while you’re out during this 4th of July weekend, you’re sure to see the sky lit up.

Beaches

An escape to beach locations like Bradenton and Sarasota means spending plenty of time on the beach, no matter what time of year you come, but especially during the warm weather and waters you’ll find around the 4th of July holiday. You and your loved ones can spend a little extra time out in the sun and in the water. Sunbathe, change up your exercise routine with a walk or run on the beach, or brave the waters for a swim or snorkeling experience. Fly high above the beach and waves on a parasailing adventure for an additional adrenaline boost.

Beach Horseback Rides

Saddle up, take the reins, and head out on a different kind of horseback ride this 4th of July. While a trail ride along shared hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails is the usual experience, you can also take the experience along the sandy beaches of Bradenton and Sarasota. There are several companies in the area that provide horseback rides that stroll along the water on the beach, and even some tours where the horses venture out into the water for an extra splash. Whichever company you choose, advanced reservations are required, and they’ll need details like rider height, weight, and age so they can pair each person with the horse that fits their needs.

The Keys

Off the coast of Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding area is a group of barrier islands that protect the bay from the crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Head to Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, or Siesta Key this 4th of July for an unforgettable day trip.

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Add some adults-only time to your 4th of July fun and bring back something to make your celebration really “pop.” Visit the area’s wineries and distilleries. There are several distilleries that call Bradenton and the surrounding area home, including Naughty Monk Brewery, Darwin Brewing Company, Loaded Cannon Distillery, and others. If you’re a wine lover, add a stop at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, where the wines are made from grapes grown right at the on-site vineyard. Enjoy a tasting or tour or book a special event. Once you’ve tasted the offerings, choose your favorites to take back to your rental to pair with your favorite home-cooked meals.

Celebrate the 4th of July in Bradenton FL!

Enjoy your 4th of July your own way with a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as 1 bedroom all the way up to 8 bedrooms for a 4th of July gathering that includes all your loved ones. After a long day, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas, or in a private outdoor space. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and 4th of July holiday and use the outdoor kitchen and provided BBQ grill for your traditional 4th of July cookout. After a day of 4th of July fun, relax in a private bedroom, or gather the group and watch your favorite movie or TV show. Choose a premium unit for perks like a fireplace, double ovens, flat-screen TVs, a private pool, and more. Include the whole family by asking about select rentals that allow your fur babies to stay.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida make it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break, but springtime and the Easter holiday are some of the best days to take a trip and explore. Pack your bags and gather your loved ones for a fun and exciting fall vacation full of sand, water, sun, and fun. The Sarasota and Bradenton area are mainland destinations that provide the ultimate experience in Florida beach vacations. Not only do they have their own beaches, but they’re also close to several barrier islands that offer a different beach vibe for your Easter in Sarasota and Bradenton retreat.

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Easter Dinner

Take a vacation from everything and let some of the professional chefs at one of the many delicious area restaurants make the feast. There are various restaurants in the area that will be serving up the traditional Easter meal. Contact your restaurant of choice to find out the details like date, time, and the need for reservations.

Easter Services

Taking a vacation this Easter doesn’t mean taking a vacation from the celebration of the important day. The churches around Bradenton, Sarasota, and the surrounding area are organizing special services to celebrate the day. Contact your preferred place of worship and inquire about dates, times, and locations of services.

Beaches

An escape to a beach location means spending plenty of time on the beach, no matter when you come. The warming weather and waters of spring mean you can spend a little extra time out in the sun. Sunbathe, talk a walk, or brave the waters for a swim, snorkeling, or SCUBA adventure in the still-chilly water.

25th Annual Sarasota Film Festival

Make celebrating 25 years of presenting quality films a part of your Easter respite. Starting in March, the festival features over 200 films, including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly films. Tickets are available on the festival website and include tickets to live events. There is also a virtual festival full pass that gets you access to all the films available through the virtual event website. Both the live and virtual events run March 24 – April 2 if you’d like to add it to your vacation calendar.

The Ringling

Art, history, circus memorabilia, gardens, a historic theater, and more await the circus enthusiast at the property preserving the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. John is one of five brothers who formed the Ringling Brothers Circus. Wander the property and visit the State Art Museum of Florida, two circus museums, an education center, the historic Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, and the historic Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are always free to visit, and admission to the Museum of Art is free on Mondays.

Beach Horseback Rides

Saddle up and head out on a different kind of adventure. There are several companies in the area that provide horseback rides that stroll along the water on the sand. The horses can even venture out into the water for a more thrilling experience. Whichever company you choose, advanced reservations are required, and they’ll need details like rider height, weight, and age so they can pair each person with the horse that fits their personality.

The Keys

Off the coast of Sarasota and the surrounding area is a group of barrier islands that protect the bay from the crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, and Siesta Key all make great day trips from Bradenton or Sarasota and offer their own style of sand, sun, and fun without the traffic of the mainland. Each island has its own unique flair as well as plenty of Florida fun like parasailing, boat tours, and unique festivals.

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Take some “adults-only” time to visit the area’s wineries and distilleries. There are several distilleries that call Bradenton and the surrounding area home, including Naughty Monk Brewery, Darwin Brewing Company, Loaded Cannon Distillery, and others. Wine lovers will want to add a stop at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, where the wines are made from grapes grown in the on-site vineyard. Enjoy a tasting or tour or book a special event like a wedding or anniversary celebration. Once you’ve tasted the offerings, choose your favorite wines or spirits to take back to your rental to pair with home-cooked meals.

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Celebrate Easter in Sarasota and Bradenton

Enhance your Easter with a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as one bedroom all the way up to eight bedrooms for an Easter retreat that includes all your loved ones. After a long day of Easter fun, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas, or in a private outdoor space. Relax in a private bedroom or gather with the group and watch your favorite movie. Choose a premium unit for perks like a fireplace, double ovens, flat-screen TVs, a private pool, and more. Include the whole family by inquiring about select rentals that allow your fur babies to stay.

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Arrive in any way you desire, Car, Train, Bus, Plane, and Even Ship! Sarasota is the place to be! Home to the Siesta Key Beach the country’s number #1 ranked beach 2 times and some of the most authentic way of living imagined. Kicking off a Sarasota Vacation can start out Island Style Paddle Boarding on a guided tour through some of Florida’s beautiful mangrove tunnels of South Lido or you and the family can sail and dine aboard Marina Jack II Cruises. The lavish 96-foot yacht brings dining, spas, full bar and access to a perfect way of seeing marine wildlife. Beautiful nights call for outstanding views Siesta Key WaterSports offers a dolphin watch and sunset tour bringing on a 2-hour meditation the whole family will love with complimentary drinks of any kind, even the privilege of bringing your own cooler!

Make the Most of Your Vacation in Sarasota

When the sun goes down the city comes alive, The family can all have fun at Livingston’s Amusements! From Billiards to late-night dining, a full-sized Go-Kart track and an arcade filled with games for the family suited the perfect night after running the town. Sarasota’s nightlife is filled with a variety of entertainment McCurdy’s Comedy Club has showcased Chris Rock, Larry The Cable Guy even hypnotists! But the fun doesn’t stop there, you and the family can eat dinner at a tropical-themed tiki bar and grill, with a view that will leave you breathless even your pup is allowed with you guys on your nightly adventures here!

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