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Downtown Sarasota’s Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular


Combine a beautiful sunset, the bayfront and a fireworks show, and you’re sure to experience a memorable Fourth of July.

A fireworks display will be launched from a boat anchored on Sarasota Bay around dusk for the whole downtown area to see.

Benefitting Suncoast Charities for Children, the show is privately funded and will be focused on charity.

The display will begin at approximately 9 p.m. at 2 Marina Plaza.

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The Gloria Musicae Singers present Patriotic Spectacular


On July 4, join Sarasota’s Gloria Musicae Singers at the First United Methodist Church as they celebrate Independence Day with Patriotic Spectacular, featuring the Florida premiere of St. Petersburg composer Rand Snell’s One Land: An American Tapestry, an epic choral work exploring Native American and immigrant experiences of America.

The concert will also feature traditional patriotic songs and a tribute to Harold Arlen and Leonard Bernstein.

“We’re thrilled to present the Florida premiere of Rand Snell’s epic work celebrating the American immigrant experience,” says Dr. Joseph Holt, artistic director of Gloria Musicae. “His score comprises a variety of musical portraits of American immigrant stories, beginning with the Native American perspective and then leading into the Spanish, English/Northern European, African-American, Chinese, and Ellis Island experiences. The piece concludes with a rousing gospel portrayal of the United States as an eternally young land, imperfect but striving to be a better place.”

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Tropical 4th of July at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens


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The annual Tropical 4th of July Party offers a night of fun for the whole family. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities such as lawn games and the always popular bounce house, as well as a variety of outdoor fare, including barbecue, popcorn and ice cream. Groove with live reggae music performed by Impulse, to pass the time waiting for the stunning display of lights along the shores of Sarasota Bay.

Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs and beach blankets for prime fireworks viewing, but no coolers. There will be a great selection of grilled fare and refreshments from Local Coffee+Tea.

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My Five Wives, Three Girlfriends and One Son


On July 5, The Players Theatre of Sarasota’s artistic director Jeffery Kin is turning 50 in style by putting on (what else?) a show.

Kin, invites you to join him and the people who have played his onstage family for the last 20 years.

Join Deni Dreazen, Lindsey De La O, KJ Hatfield, Alana Opie, Kathryn Parks, Andrea Powell, Catherine Randazzo, Juliana Randolph and Jakob Silver will sing, dance and celebrate 50 years of Jeffery. Special guests include Bob Trisolini and Berry Ayers.

The show doubles as a benefit for the Players Cultural Endowment Fund as well as a birthday party.

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Events & Happenings

Patriotic windows
Artists’ Guild Gallery
July 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays
In keeping with the 4th of July holiday, artwork with patriotic themes will be featured in the window of the Artists’ Guild Gallery. Most displaying artists change their wall space every month, so there’s always something new to see inside the Gallery. Learn More!

Breakfast Serial Book Club
July 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Saturdays starting July 5, Book1Sarasota will present Breakfast Serial Book Club. All summer long Bookstore1 staffers, Jennifer McPheeters and Kate Thomas, have very special Saturday morning plans for your kids. Starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m. they’ll read aloud to your 3 to 6-year-olds from the finest of the picture book genre.  From 11:15 until 11:45 it will be the older siblings’ turn with stories read aloud from chapter books your 7 to 9-year-olds are sure to love.Learn More!

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In This Issue

Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular

Gloria Musicae

Tropical 4th of July

My Five Wives, Three Girlfriends and One Son

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