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2012 Manatee Area Fireworks Schedule

Published Tuesday, July 3, 2012 12:15 am
 Three Dog Night will be performing in a free concert in Palmetto on Independence Day.

BRADENTON -- There are fireworks galore this Independence Day in Manatee County and surrounding areas, all leading up to Palmetto's big Three Dog Night concert and Green Bridge fireworks extravaganza Wednesday night. From ball fields to beach blankets, there is no shortage of places to watch the rockets' red glare over three days of fabulous shows!


On Tuesday night, McKechnie Field will put on their annual display when the Bradenton Marauders host the Charlotte Stone Crabs. It's a 2 for 1 Tuesday that will include an auction of their special edition Independence Day jerseys, and a full firework show after the game.

The biggest show of the year is always the Green Bridge celebration and free concert in Palmetto's Sutton Park. Last year, Eddie Money rocked the party, and this year it will be classic rock legends Three Dog Night that take the stage. 

Three Dog Night's hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures -- songs like "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", "Joy to the World", "Black and White", "Shambala" and "One" serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize the group's continuing popularity.

The festivities start at 5 pm with authentic Cajun sounds of TOUT LES SOIR, which means "every night”. The band comes directly from the Louisiana Cajun Bayou with songs like with "Never Been To Breaux Bridge" and "Boudreaux's Coming". Three Dog Night will take the Stage around 7 p.m. and fireworks down on the Manatee River will go off between 9 -9:30 pm. Local vendors will have a variety of food and refreshments available.


 Catch fireworks out on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Monday through Wednesday.

Photo by Dara Caudill, Island Photography

At dusk on Wednesday, Sarasota will light up with fireworks at Centennial Bayfront Park, near Marina Jack's.

Out on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, there are three options for watching the fireworks over the water at The Chiles Group restaurants. It doesn’t get more romantic than a waterfront dinner with a fireworks display.


Monday, July 2 will be the 4th Annual Boom Boom on the Bay at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant located at 760 Broadway Street. Come by boat or by car and join everyone under the 100 year old Buttonwood trees or on the covered deck to enjoy dinner and the show.

On Tuesday, July 3rd, the Beachhouse will hold its 19th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza. With its expansive gulf front deck, the Beachhouse provides a spectacular vista to watch the fireworks light up the night sky over the Gulf of Mexico. The Grand Finale is at the Sandbar Restaurant on Wednesday, July 4. This is the 26th Annual Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular. Visit for more information.

It’s that time of year again. Enjoy the parties, the live music, the picnics, and most of all, as you’re sitting on a blanket looking up at the colors strewn across the sky, take a moment to remember the meaning behind it all – that you are here, enjoying the independence of “the land of the free, and the home of the brave” in the United States of America.

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