Fourth of July — a celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence dating back to July 4, 1776. On that date in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and formed the United States of America.
The Fourth of July has emerged to be much more than just a historic date as Americans celebrate the holiday in various ways. Even for people from all over the world, Fourth of July is one of the most talked about occasions.
In order to celebrate the Fourth of July with as much patriotism as possible, many Americans like to have picnics, barbecues or family reunions followed by fireworks and are sure to have the American flag waving outside their homes.
While others are celebrating in every corner of the land each year our family looks forward to celebrating Independence Day on Anna Maria Island. The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers parade signals the start to what is always a fun filled day. The 2016 parade was attended by 20,000 Parade Watchers with 115 Parade Entries and over 850 participants. The 7 mile parade route begins at 10:00 am from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach (South Entrance) proceeding along Gulf Drive and ending at the City Pier in Anna Maria. It passes right in front of our condo – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 so getting a spot is never a problem and front row viewing is guaranteed.
Following the parade, we like most others love spending the day at the beach. To honour the day you can spot me wearing my red, white and blue swimsuit. You will find our beach relatively quiet compared to the public beaches on the Island that are packed with people socializing and looking to catch some rays before the evening fireworks.
Following a nice day at the beach it’s then barbecue time with our American friends. We pull out our beach chairs and gather around the pool side grill. Many of our friends have their own Fourth of July recipes that they share with us and we enjoy year after year. As Canadians we like the idea of celebrating the occasion with red, white and blue foods. My favourite to make is a white parfait topped with blueberries and strawberries. Traditionally it’s blue lemonade for the kids and red or blue cocktails for the adults. I let my imagination go a bit wild at our Fourth of July celebration showing patriotism for all Americans.
Pretty much every city in America has a fireworks celebration and the Anna Maria Island fireworks display rates right up there with the best. The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria will be hosting its 32nd Annual Sandbar Restaurant Fireworks Spectacular. If you plan to go there for dinner seating at the restaurant is first come, first served. The fireworks display begins after dark, weather permitting and is is free. We will be travelling to the Sandbar firework display on the Free Island Trolley or Island Beach Monkey, tip only service. If you have questions or need assistance we are always happy to help, so please contact us.
With lots to do on Anna Maria Island go out and celebrate the founding of America. If you, like us are not American, join in the fun enjoying quality time with friends and family.
Book your next vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and be part of our 4th of July celebrations.
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