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From Sarasota, Florida: Happy Fourth of July! Happy Bastille Day!

Things to do in the Sarasota area!

First we’ll share a little history then “Things to do in Sarasota this month” and finish with a COOL drink!

The fourth of July is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 which declared that the thirteen American colonies were united, free, and independent, and no longer subject to the monarch of Britain. The congress actually voted to declare independence on July 2, 1776, but it was not officially declared until July 4, 1776.

Bastille Day, as known by English speaking countries, is the National Day of France celebrated on July 14. Fête nationale is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille July 14, 1789 which was the turning point of the French Revolution. It’s a celebration of the unity of the French people which began on July 14, 1790. You can join in the Bastille Day festivities at the Bastille Day Gala at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens July 14. For more information you can click here: Bastille Day Gala.

To start off the month of July in Sarasota County we have our annual Grand Prix Power Boat Race with a week of activities starting June 29 through July 7. For details and the schedule, you can click here: Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix.

Here’s just of few of the events:

  • June 30 Marina Jack Boat & Personal Watercraft “Fun Run”
  • July 2 “The Friendliest Catch” Fish Tournament at Sarasota Outboard Club, Ken Thompson Parkway
  • July 3 Bayfront Grand Prix Festival Kickoff Party 6:00-10:00 pm
  • July 5 Meet & Greet the Race Team at the Hyatt Regency 1:30-3:00 pm
  • July 5 Boats on the Block – Block Party Main Street & Five Points 6:00 pm with live music
  • July 7 Power Boat Races at Lido Beach 10:00 am–4:00 pm

Other activities throughout July with a lot of food, music, education, and fun:

  • July 4 Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular at Island Park at 9:00 pm
  • Selby’s Splashin Saturdays at Selby Gardens during July 10:00 am–12:00 pm with water activities around the lagoon and waterfall of the Children’s Rain Forest Garden
  • July 8 starts the Jazz Club of Sarasota Summer Concert Series at Florida Studio Theatre
  • July 12-14 is the 6 th Annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby at Mote Marine Laboratory. The Lionfish hunting derby is on July 13. It’s an educational program to learn about Pterois (Lionfish) and even taste the light white meat fish. The Pterois is a beautifully colored fish but is an invasive species with 18 venomous spiky fins. The Lionfish Derby is to harvest large numbers of this invasive species.
  • July 19 is the 18th Annual Summer Music Fest “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel featuring the Rebel Hart 5-piece band from 5:00-9:00 pm and the concert is free!
  • July 19-20 Historic downtown Venice brings back Christmas in July 11:00 am–4:00 pm
  • July 28 Family Fun Day at the Venice Art Center 10:00 am-1:00 pm and it’s free!

Remember for some other fun things to do in Sarasota County to check out our historical Sarasota, Florida tours, ghost tours and foodie tours (downtown Sarasota, St Armands Circle, Venice and Anna Maria Island) which run year round at: Key Culinary Tours & Sarasota Suncoast Tours!  If your looking for places to eat we’ve got you covered!

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Last but certainly not least, with the HOT, HOT, HOT weather hitting the Suncoast, here is a fun and cooling recipe for your next adult party!

Spiked Watermelon

  • 1 large watermelon – Seeded watermelons are better to use because the seeds are like pockets to absorb the flavor.
  • 1 bottle vodka

Cut a 2” wide and 2” deep hole (plug) in the top of the watermelon. With a funnel, slowly add the vodka into the hole about every 4-6 hours, using all of the vodka. Plug the hole, wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate. You can do this several days in advance so that the watermelon can absorb the vodka. When ready to serve, slice watermelon and sprinkle with fresh mint. Enjoy!

P.S. Keep the watermelon away from the kid’s table.

Sources: Wikipedia and for details on Sarasota events: Visit Sarasota County