The year-round Florida sun and warmth make it an ideal destination any time of year, but add the red, white, and blue, of the 4th of July and you can prepare for even more fun. Gather your loved ones and pack your bags with your most patriotic possessions for a fun and exciting vacation and an island-style 4th of July. Then set your sights on the keys and the many fun and unique offerings you’ll find there that will have you building a vacation that keeps everyone happy and busy and provides memories to last a lifetime.

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Siesta Key Fireworks

Celebrate the 4th with fun and fireworks. The show is located off the shores of Siesta Beach, just north of the volleyball courts, but there are plenty of other great vantage points like Crescent Beach, the Public Beach, or you can even board a vessel and head out into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico or the Intracoastal Waterway. The free, family-friendly show takes place July 4th at dusk. Pets and personal fireworks should be left at home.


While you’ll have to wait until the sun goes down to enjoy a fireworks display, the beaches of Siesta Key are open all day. Pack your beach gear and stake your claim on the beach for a day of sun, sand, and fun every day of your trip. Gather your group, your beach chairs, and sand toys and head to the Siesta Key Beach July 4th for a swim in the Gulf, or just to work on your tan. To make the day more festive, wear your red, white, and blue, pack a picnic lunch, and celebrate independence, island-style.

Island Hopping

Siesta Key’s size – it’s only 2.4 square miles of land – means there’s not a lot of room for a large-scale 4th of July event. You can get your fill of patriotic events when you do a little island hopping. Longboat Key, Bradenton Beach, and Anna Maria Island are all hosting large 4th of July events, many of which include parades, fireworks, cookouts, and plenty of patriotic fun. The Sarasota P1 Offshore Boat Races take place off of the shores of Lido Key July 1st – 3rd. Mainland Sarasota is also going all-out for the holiday.

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Hop on the trolley, which may be showing its best red, white, and blue décor, for a visit to the many businesses and sites along its route. Save the gas in your rental car for an off-island trip, conserve your own energy and spare the bike ride or walk between destinations for the fun you’ll have at your destination when you take the Siesta Breeze Trolley. Check out boutiques, shops, and restaurants. Many will be decorated in red, white, and blue for the patriotic holiday, and some even offer special events, discounts, and menus to mark the country’s independence. Experience fun, free, round-trip service from Siesta Key Village all the way to the southernmost part of the island, with many stops in between.

Other Activities

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy on your island respite this 4th of July. Many businesses will be decked out in red, white, and blue, and may even be offering special patriotic-themed services. Take a cruise through the water surrounding Siesta Key and try to spot dolphins, manatees, rays, and more. Keep the water activities going with SCUBA diving and snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, or just going for a swim in the waves with loved ones. Florida is known for its world-class fishing, so get yourself a Florida fishing license and head out on an adventure. Take to the skies with a parasailing experience, stick to shore with an electric bike tour, or pamper yourself with a massage or facial at a spa.

Fourth of July Fun in the Florida Keys

When you book your 4th of July getaway with Rent Siesta Key, you won’t be short on fun and patriotic activities to fill your time while you’re here. You’ll be able to design a getaway that is uniquely yours with memories to last a lifetime. Relax and unwind in a private home after a fun-filled day. Enjoy a one-bedroom for your small family, all the way up to six bedrooms for a larger group red, white, and blue reunion. For more privacy, choose a single-family home with a garage. Make a group meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, many including stainless steel, and high-end appliances. Enjoy the meal in the dining area, or in a private outdoor space like a patio or balcony. At the end of the day, relax in a private bedroom, or gather the group for a TV show or movie. Opt for a premium unit which may include perks like a fireplace, double ovens, flat-screen TVs, or a private pool. Include everyone by asking about select rentals that allow your fur babies to stay.

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