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4th of July Festivities On and Off AMI – 2019

Summer time on Anna Maria Island is truly paradise. It’s not too crowded, the Gulf water is warm enough for us locals to jump in, and the cold beer is even more refreshing. Though the best part of Summer on the Island is when the 4th of July comes around. The 4th of July festivities on AMI are always a hit with visitors and locals, and it really is a fun filled day of celebration. As we count down the days to the holiday, let’s discuss all the festivities taking place locally.

4th of July Festivities On the Island

  • Privateers Parade: The Privateers Parade is an annual 4th of July parade that begins at 10am. The parade starts down at Coquina Beach, and travels North to Anna Maria. The parade ends at City Pier Park (Pine Ave and North Bay Blvd), which is where the next event takes place.
  • City Celebration: This takes place at the City Pier Park as the parade comes to an end at 12:30pm. This event is open to everyone, so don’t be shy. Come stop by and enjoy some hot dogs, beverages, and some patriotic tunes.
  • Fireworks: This year The Sandbar Restaurant will be hosting a firework display after sunset (weather permitting). For the best view, try to get a spot on the beach just to the North or just to the South of the restaurant.

4th of July Festivities Off the Island

  • Longboat Key: The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is putting on their Freedom Fest from 9am – 11am July 4th. The Freedom Fest event includes a parade, music, food, and more!  The parade begins at the Suntrust Bank building (510 Bay Isles Road), and wraps up at the nearby Bicentennial Park.
  • Cortez: If you really enjoy a good hot dog,than maybe you should participate in Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bars 6th Annual Hotdog Eating Contest. The contest begins at 1pm.
  • Bradenton: Pier 22 (1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton), a restaurant on the Manatee River in Downtown Bradenton, will be presenting a firework show, shown in the picture at the top of this blog, after sunset. You can view the firework display from downtown Bradenton, and on the waterfront in Palmetto.
  • Sarasota: The firework display in Sarasota, also taking place on the 4th, will have the best viewing in downtown Sarasota, on the Bay front.

Have a safe holiday everyone!!

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Celebrate the Holidays on Anna Maria Island in Style!

Are you planning to celebrate the holidays on Anna Maria Island? The businesses and merchants of Anna Maria are open throughout the holiday season.  There is Great Shopping to be from the North End all the way down to Longboat Key.

The free Anna Maria Island Trolley is a fun way to get around!  With convenient stops up and down the island, you can take the kids to the shops and the beaches!

Lights, Camera, Santa Claus! Come Enjoy the Holidays on Anna Maria Island

Enjoy music, special performances, small bites and refreshments at the shops during your visit. At night, take in the holiday lights and décor and dine at some the island’s best restaurants.  Day or Night, come stroll along Gulf Drive, Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard and relax during the Holidays.

Bingo games for prizes are sometimes played. The angelic Roser Children’s Choir, “Joyful Noise” usually perform in the Historical Park at 402 Pine Avenue.

Santa Claus comes to the beach too!!!  Just because there isn’t snow doesn’t mean that Santa Claus can’t land his sleigh!  Let the kids know that Anna Maria is his favorite place to be.

Visiting Anna Maria during the holidays is a fun filled time.  Don’t forget to take your beach photos with family and friends!!!

 

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Pine Avenue Trunk Show Holiday Party in Anna Maria City

Pink & Navy and Bella By the Sea will be having their Pine Avenue Trunk Show Holiday Party at 216 Pine Avenue this Friday, November 16, 2012.

Photobooth at the Pine Avenue Trunk Show

The Pink & Navy Party will feature a photobooth and exclusive shopping and drinks too.  There will also be appetizers and fun music.  Neighboring boutique, Bella By the Sea is throwing it’s own ” Fifty Shades Of Bella” Party at the same time, kicking off the Christmas season with tasty tidbits, delightful drinks, and some exclusive shopping events.

Come on out and party with the Party Girl’s On Pine. Just follow the sound of the MUSIC…The Pine Avenue Trunk Show.

For more information on Pine Avenue please visit our Pine Avenue information page.  We have tons of Anna Maria Island Christmas holiday information as well.

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Bradenton Beach Shopping

Check Out The Back Alley Cafe And Gift Shop In Bradenton Beach On Anna Maria Island!

As I walked through the front door of the Back Alley on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach I was greeted by the friendly staff.  Soon I found out that the Back Alley was much more than just a café.  In the gift shop I found some very cool paintings and prints done by local artists.  There were also lots of books from local authors on Anna Maria Island.

There are necklaces and hand crafted jewelry hung throughout the Gift Shop.  In the back of the gift shop they have a bar area where you can order snacks, sandwiches, pub pizzas, coffee, cold beer, or a glass of wine. The pub pizzas are $5.00 and the sandwiches are all around $7.00 they take cash or major credit cards and you can grab a table out back for your dining experience.

Live Music at The Back Alley

The Back Alley has live music every Friday night.  You can catch local bands like: Firedoor, SR64, The Florida Mountain Boys, Human Condition and many more.  You may have seen some of these bands at Anna Maria Island’s 10TH Annual Bayfest on Pine Avenue this past weekend.

The staff at the Back Alley is all about promoting local bands.  They also champion local authors, artists and good causes like WildLife Inc. WildLife Inc is a nonprofit organization and runs solely on donations and volunteers.  They help injured and orphaned animals return to the wild. Attend this fun event and help animals in need.

So when you are planning your Florida vacation or looking for the perfect Anna Maria Island beach rental, restaurant, shopping, artwork, or a place for live music, check in with one of our Anna Maria Island vacation rental specialists and make sure that you get the most out of your Anna Maria Island Vacation. We have beach house rentals all over Anna Maria Island.  Call Island Real Estate today 877-778-6066 and book your island getaway!

The Back Alley
121 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL
Anna Maria Island
941-778-1800