Where to Watch Fireworks in Sarasota

Fireworks in Florida are a celebration of beachside entertainment, a laid-back oceanfront lifestyle, and relaxing vacation mentality. If you’re headed to the Sarasota area, here’s where to snag a spot during holidays, festivals, and special events to see fireworks lighting up the sky. Just remember to get there a little early for the best Sarasota fireworks views and beat the crowds.

Where to watch fireworks in Sarasota, FL. Must Do Visitor Guides.

Siesta Key Beach

It’s hard to find a bad seat in the house for Sarasota fireworks. Special firework events during the 4th of July and other events typically start at dusk, or around 9:15 pm. Walk north of the volleyball courts at Siesta Key Public Beach for great views. Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is also a prime spot for fireworks viewing from the Gulf of Mexico or Intracoastal Waterway. Be advised public parking spaces fill up quickly on major holidays on Siesta Key Beach, so plan to take one of the key’s free transportation shuttles from your hotel or vacation rental or call for a ride-sharing service.

Sarasota Bayfront

Head out to enjoy the dazzling Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks at dusk and join the crowd for an evening of fun. Although you can see fireworks throughout the Sarasota area, you’ll get some of the best views from Bayfront Park, Marina Jack, Island Park, or downtown Sarasota to see the night sky lit up. If you can’t find parking in Bayfront Park and beyond, look for spots off Main Street and Ringling Boulevard, or grab a paid spot at the Palm Avenue Garage. Or turn your fireworks viewing into an all-day event at places like the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens with live entertainment and views of the fireworks display.

Venice Beach – South of the Jetty 

Head to the South Jetty at Venice Beach to watch the fireworks over the water. Unlike other spots around Sarasota, boats in the Venice Beach area are also allowed on the water during events like the 4th of July. However, boats should plan to anchor by 8:30 pm before the inlet closes to boat traffic. But there’s more to see and do at Venice Beach than fireworks. Also known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World,” come early to Venice Beach and make a day of exploring, picnicking, and shelling while searching for elusive shark teeth.

There’s nothing quite like seeing fireworks in Florida, and Sarasota delivers on waterfront views, live music, great food, and a lively atmosphere for celebrating. Choose your favorite spot from downtown Sarasota to the more tranquil Venice Beach and settle in for an unforgettable fireworks display.

Written by: Must Do Visitor Guides staff writer.