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Things to Do on July 4th on Anna Maria Island

Here is our list of the Top Things to Do on July 4th on Anna Maria Island, Florida. July 4th Festivities are planned across the U.S. like fireworks, parades, get togethers and more. It got us thinking about what are some things you can do to celebrate at the beach? We've got you covered whether you are on Anna Maria Island, Florida or in a seaside locale elsewhere in the country.

Kid's Enjoying July 4th flying American Flag at the Beach - Coastal Living

1. Catch the Fireworks Festivities!

Whether you are near or fair most towns host a fireworks show. Check out your local newspaper for details in your town.

We are happy to announce that Fireworks will proceed at The Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria on July 4th at 9:00 pm.

Buy a VIP Package in advance which include delicious food prepared by the restaurant, open bar, party favors, valet parking and a private area to view the fireworks. Tickets are $140 for adults and $50 for kids. Contact The Sandbar Restaurant for tickets at (941) 778-8709 or

Bring a chair or beach towel to claim your spot on the beach. Remember it is turtle nesting season, so please ensure you pack up all garbage and beach items carefully upon departure. Better yet watch the fireworks by boat!

Note: Fireworks are weather permitting.

2. Decorate your Golf Cart or Bike and BE PART OF THE PARADE!

July 4th Independence Day bicycle

We love renting a golf carts, you can book one directly online on our website under our Things to Do page. It's the best way to slow down and take in that salt air and Beach Life. If you don't have a golf cart, grab a bicycle and decorate that instead. What could be more fun than heading out to the local Dollar Store with the kids, grabbing some Indenpendence Day decorations, and become part of the fesitivites! Just be sure to start with the parade down at Coquina Beach. Not sure where that is? Take a look at our handy Insider's Beach Guide.

3. Pack a Picnic and Head to the Beach

Picnic on the beach july 4th

Anna Maria Island is Old Florida at it's absolute best and what better way to celebrate than by keeping it real and low key. Pack an inexpensive Picnic Feast and head to one of the finest beaches in America. There are plenty of picnic tables at Coquina Beach on the southern end of the island and more at Bayfront Park on the north end of the island.

4. Play some Good Old Fashioned Game at the Beach

Don't forget to play good old fashioned games like the watermelon eating contest, bocce ball, guessing how many jelly beans are in a jar, hula hoop contest, relay race, pie eating contest, bean bag toss, sack races, three legged races, sandcastle contests and more...


5. Create Great Memories with Patriotic Photos

sparklers and july 4th

Get the family together with sparklers and spell out July 4th when night time hits. It may take a few tries for the whole gang to figure out how to spell backwards, but that will provide tons of laughter getting there. Here's a great article from DIY Photographer, to help you capture the moment like a Pro.

6. Seize the moment and Get Out on the Water

American Flag flying on Boat

Whether you love kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing or boating, get active and head out to enjoy the best waterways of the Gulf Coast of Florida. Who knows maybe you will see a friend or two out there! Book a kayak or paddle board here.

7. Get some Patriotic Tattoo's

DIY temporary tattoos - American Flag Heart

We're not suggesting you go out and get permanent tattoo's, you can even make yourself some temporary July 4th tattoos. Check out this article from Simply Kelly Designs to DIY.

8. Get Grilling.... Nothing beats a Barbecue on July 4th!

July 4th BBQ menu

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We have taken the guess work out of menu planning for the holiday. Check out the July 4th BBQ Menu we found here.


9. Head out to the local Parade!

A July 4th 2017 Celebration goes hand in hand with an Old Fashioned Parade. On our little island, we celebrate with golf carts, bikes, boats and PIRATES!!!

The AMI Privateers sponsor the parade on Anna Maria Island and it is open to all. It's a long parade so it is non-walking. Head out to catch a glimpse of a Patriotic Pirate!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Starting at Coquina Beach and ends at Bayfront Park

The City Of Anna Maria is also celebrating July 4th at City Pier Park.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM

A good old fashioned Independence Day celebration replete with hot dogs, beverages and don't forget to dress up in your red, white and blues! Walk down the 100+ year old historic pier to finish off the day with an ice-cream.

Anna Maria Island Beach Life - July 4th Parade

10. Our best idea is to actually SIT BACK and RELAX ISLAND STYLE !!!!

Girl sitting in American Hammock

11. Need some more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest Boards, We have the largest selection of creative pins for the Anna Maria Island area.

Anna Maria Island, Florida Pinterest Summer Holiday Board

Want to Visit Anna Maria Island?

At Anna Maria Island Home Rental we offer accommodations available for minimum one week stays at our waterfront vacation rentals. July 4th week and other popular holidays usually book one-year in advance. Contact us for more information.

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