July 4th Fireworks, Freedom, and Fun in Sarasota

Sarasota has been celebrating the 4th of July since 1886, when the city was founded. Here are some of the best places to see fireworks in Sarasota in 2023:

  • FIREWORKS ON THE LAKE, Mon Jul 3, 5:00 – 10PM  
    Head to Nathan Benderson Park for a festive and patriotic celebration honoring America this July 3rd!

About this Event

Head to North Sarasota to Nathan Benderson Park for a festive and patriotic celebration honoring America this July 3rd for the annual Fireworks on the Lake Driven by Lamborghini. Enjoy live music, family fun and, of course, a stunning fireworks display. Classic American fare and drinks available for purchase. Admission is free with paid parking.

  • SIESTA BEACH FIREWORKS SHOW,  July 4th at 7pm.  The show is free and open to the public.
  • SUNCOAST’S LARGEST FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL,  July 1 – 3 at The Mall at University Town Center. There will be over 70 food trucks, live music, and a fireworks display on July 4th.

About this event:

Enjoy delicious food from 75+ food trucks, plus a family fun zone & more.
Located in Parking Lot 4 (on the east side) of The Mall at University Town Center. Address is 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243.

July 1st (2pm-7pm)
July 2nd (12pm-6pm)
July 3rd (3pm-9pm)

$5 General Admission! Proceeds benefit 3 charities (Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida, and Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc.)

  • THE CHORAL ARTISTS of SARASOTA’s – “American Fanfare”  4th of July Concert will be held at the Sarasota Opera House on July 4th at 4:30pm – 6pm. Join Choral Artists of Sarasota and the Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble as they celebrate America and what Freedom means to us through beloved American songs! Our National Day of Independence swells with patriotic pride through choral fireworks and rousing Sousa marches. Tickets available in advance online.The concert will feature patriotic music and a fireworks display. Sarasota Opera House is located at 61 North Pineapple Ave. downtown.

    The Choral Artists of Sarasota will sing American tributes in honor of Independence Day.

Places to watch Siesta Key fireworks

Crescent Beach in Siesta Key (go LEFT on Midnight Pass Rd. after going over the Stickney Point Bridge. This beach is located on Siesta Key and is a great alternative to Siesta Key Beach if you’re looking for a less crowded spot. The fireworks can be seen from the beach, or from the neighboring restaurants and bars. Public parking #11 has parking and you can walk a short distance to the beach.

Bayfront Park: This park is located in downtown Sarasota and is a great place to watch the fireworks. There are a variety of food trucks and vendors at the park, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after the show.

Edison Park: This park is located in South Sarasota and is a great place to watch the fireworks. There is a playground and a splash pad at the park, so it’s a great option for families with children.


Andrea Martone

Andrea Martone is a former Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Sarasota Observer Newspaper Group, as well as a former Editor-in-Chief of a Long Island (New York) newspaper chain. She moved to Sarasota 14 years ago after working as an executive in NYC in public relations and marketing. She currently is a Public relations & marketing consultant and President of Insightful PR. She lives and breathes all things art, culture, music food and wine and is proud to be the Executive Editor of Sarasota Events Calendar.

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