Monday, July 2
• Shortly after dusk — Fourth annual Boom Boom on the Bay at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2391.
Tuesday, July 3
• Shortly after dusk — 19th annual Fireworks Extravaganza, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222
Wednesday, July 4
• Shortly after dusk — 26th annual Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8709.
• 10 a.m.-noon — Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July Parade, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, to Bayfront Park, Anna Maria, and noon 2012 Scholarship Award Party, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-780-1668.he event is followed by the Privateers' Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony at an after-parade party at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach from noon-4 p.m. featuring music and food and drink specials. The event is free for both spectators and participants. Information: 941-780-1668 or visit www.amiprivateers.org
Palmetto's Fourth of July Celebration: Sutton Park, Sixth Street West and 10th Avenue West, Palmetto
The festivities start at 5 p.m. with the Cajun sounds of Louisiana band Tout Les Soir. Three Dog Night will take the stage around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Fireworks nearby along the Manatee River are from 9 to 9:30 p.m. Admission to all events is free. Local vendors will have a variety of food and refreshments available. For more information contact the Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency at 941-723-4988.
Pier 22's annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration and Pig Roast: Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton
Bring the entire family for the best Fourth of July party 6 p.m. Wednesday featuring live music by Shotgun Justice 6-10 p.m. and enjoy a pig roast or other restaurant offerings. Cost: $39.95. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations are required. Information: 941-748-8087.
Fourth of July Celebration: Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota
Celebrate the Fourth of July in tropical style at Selby Gardens 6-11 p.m. Wednesday featuring live music and fireworks after dark. Bring blankets and chairs; no coolers. Admission: $20 adults, $17 members, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-366-5731 or visit www.selby.org.
suncoast offshore grand prix
Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Race: various locations, Sarasota and Manatee counties
Sunday: The annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race will be held in two heats, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. off Lido Beach between New Pass and Big Pass
Wednesday: A special Independence Day "Fireworks Spectacular" will be at dusk with viewing along Sarasota Bayfront Park.
For tickets, admission, registration and a full schedule of events, visit www.suncoastoffshore.org/events.php.
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