We’ve been locals living on Anna Maria Island for over 20 years, and we’re thrilled to share with you an insider’s guide to the exciting 2023 4th of July weekend festivities happening on the island. With over two decades serving locals and visitors from The Waterfront Restaurant, we know just how special this time of year is. From daytime events to magnificent fireworks, Anna Maria Island has it all. Join us as we take you through an unforgettable 4th of July experience on our charming island.
Daytime 4th of July Events on Anna Maria Island
The 4th of July kicks off with the much-anticipated AMI Privateers 4th of July Parade, a lively celebration of patriotism and community spirit. From 10am to 12:30pm, colorful floats, marching bands, and local organizations come together for a joyful procession along the island’s streets. Be sure to find a prime spot along the parade route to catch all the excitement and cheer.
After the parade, it’s the perfect time to head over to The Waterfront Restaurant for a delightful lunch. We’re located right on the water on Anna Maria Island and are a popular choice for locals and tourists alike. Indulge in our delectable dishes, featuring fresh ingredients and exquisite flavors. Our waterfront location offers picturesque views and a relaxing ambiance, allowing you to savor every moment of your meal. We’ve got a rich lunch menu – check it out here! Also available as carry-out if you’re going on a picnic.
Take an Afternoon Break and Dinner Plans
Following a fulfilling lunch, take a well-deserved break to recharge and soak up the island’s serene atmosphere. Explore the charming streets, browse the local shops, or simply relax on one of our pristine beaches. Anna Maria Island offers a plethora of activities to suit every taste.
As the day progresses, it’s time to start planning your evening. If you didn’t come see us for lunch, plan on coming by for 4th of July dinner. The Waterfront Restaurant remains open on the 4th of July and is a favored spot for dinner among island-goers. Immerse yourself in our refined ambiance, enjoy impeccable service, and treat your taste buds to a memorable dining experience. Our chef has worked hard to refine our Anna Maria Island dinner menu to be the best on the island.
The Grand Finale After Dark
There are a few fireworks displays on the island for the 4th of July, but the big one is across Sarasota Bay. Organized by Suncoast Charities for Children in partnership with Marina Jack and produced by Pyrotecnico, the fireworks are a big annual event for Sarasota. Pyrotecnico puts on a massive display that is probably the best in Southwest Florida.
What sets Anna Maria Island apart is that you get a great view of this show without having to face the traffic and crowds of Sarasota, which is packed on the 4th of July. Relax under the starry sky, feel the gentle ocean breeze, and let the fireworks paint the night in a kaleidoscope of colors. It’s a truly magical experience that will leave you in awe.
Anna Maria Island’s 4th of July celebrations offer a full day of excitement, community, and unforgettable experiences. From the vibrant AMI Privateers 4th of July Parade in the morning, to a delightful lunch at The Waterfront Restaurant, and culminating with a captivating fireworks show over Sarasota Bay, this island extravaganza is not to be missed. Join us on this special occasion and create lifelong memories as we celebrate our nation’s independence in paradise.
The Waterfront Restaurant first opened in 1999 at the same 111 South Bay Boulevard location. More on our history and story is on our About Us page. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more local flavor from Anna Maria Island!