4th of July on the beach on Anna Maria Island

As summer reaches its peak on the Florida Gulf Coast, there’s no better place to be than Anna Maria Island. If you’re looking for a fun destination to spend the July 4th holiday, Anna Maria Island is it. This island paradise offers laid-back charm, pristine beaches, and vibrant Independence Day celebrations that make it the perfect destination for a memorable 4th of July getaway.

Anna Maria Island is a coastal gem known for its Old Florida vibe, stunning beaches, and pristine natural beauty. With all of this on one 7-mile island, it’s no wonder visitors flock to this gorgeous destination year-round. Whether you’re seeking relaxation on the sugar-white sands, exploring the island’s charming boutiques and art galleries, or indulging in fresh seafood at local restaurants, Anna Maria Island offers something for everyone.

What is Anna Maria Island Like in July?

Sunny day on Holmes Beach, Florida

July on Anna Maria Island typically brings warm weather in the 90s (F) and plenty of sunshine, making it the perfect time to hit the beach and enjoy outdoor activities. During summer in Florida, it’s essential to prepare for the possibility of afternoon showers, so bring sunscreen, an umbrella, and lightweight clothing to stay comfortable throughout your stay. 

As one of Florida’s most popular tourist destinations, Anna Maria Island can experience increased crowds during summer, especially around the 4th of July holiday. Booking accommodations and making dining reservations in advance is recommended to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience during your visit.

4th of July Events on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is full of patriotic spirit and during the 4th of July. Here are the Independence Day events you won’t want to miss while visiting Anna Maria and nearby Bradenton over the 4th.

  • Independence Day Parades. The Anna Maria Island Privateers 4th of July Parade is a high-spirited romp where the local pirate crew navigates the island in their galleon, tossing beads and candy to spectators. On nearby Longboat Key, the “Shortest Parade in America” takes place on July 4th starting from Centennial Park and includes pet costume contests and live music.
  • 4th of July Picnic Celebration. At the end of the Privateers’ parade route, head to City Pier Park for a picnic celebration. Enjoy food and live entertainment for the whole family, as well as kids’ activities, starting at noon.
  • Independence Day Fireworks. On July 4, head to Bradenton to catch a spectacular fireworks display over the Manatee River in downtown Bradenton. The Bradenton Riverwalk is a great place to set up your chairs or blanket, with 2 miles of paved paths, as well as an amphitheater and playground. The fireworks should also be visible from Anna Maria Island, with the best spot being close to Anna Maria City Pier.

Things to Do on Anna Maria Island

Birds on the beach in Anna Maria Island

Enjoy the beaches. Spend your days soaking up the sun on the island’s sugar-white sands, swimming in the clear turquoise waters, or simply unwinding with a good book beneath the shade of an umbrella. Holmes Beach is the lively hub at the center of the island, while Bean Point Beach on the northern tip and Coquina Beach on the southern end are quieter, offering a peaceful spot to catch a spectacular sunset.

Explore nature. In addition to pristine beaches, Anna Maria Island has abundant natural beauty waiting for you to explore. Nature lovers will delight in the island’s diverse ecosystems, from hiking through the mangrove forest in Leffis Key Preserve to exploring the surrounding waterways. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and embark on a paddling adventure through the nearby nature preserves and bays, where you can spot dolphins, shorebirds, and maybe even a manatee. To experience the island’s nature with a guide, book a dolphin watching tour, embark on a snorkeling adventure or head out on a fishing charter.

Explore the island. Anna Maria Island is brimming with charm and character, with local shops and restaurants creating a quirky atmosphere unique to the island. Head to Pine Avenue in Anna Maria to visit the historic Anna Maria City Pier and learn about the island’s past at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach is a vibrant 3-block stretch of restaurants where you can immerse yourself in the lively energy of the island. Since Anna Maria Island is fairly compact, renting a bicycle or golf cart is a great way to explore. Walking and catching a ride on the free trolley is also a fun way to get around.

Plan Your Visit

Vacation rental on anna maria islandWhether you’re soaking up the sun, exploring the island, or marveling at the fireworks show, Anna Maria Island invites you to celebrate Independence Day in patriotic style.

Ready to experience the magic of Anna Maria Island this 4th of July? Book an Anna Maria Island or Bradenton beach vacation rental through Island Dreams, and plan the perfect summer getaway. We offer nearly 60 professionally managed homes and condos, fully equipped with everything you need for a memorable stay.

Accommodations can fill up fast, so book your vacation rental early and start planning your unforgettable 4th of July getaway!

Thanksgiving scene on the beach

If you are looking for a special way to spend your Thanksgiving holiday, Anna Maria Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast is the perfect destination. This charming barrier island offers a unique Thanksgiving experience filled with relaxation, serene nature and a warm holiday atmosphere.

One of the main draws of Anna Maria Island for a Thanksgiving getaway is its mild and pleasant weather. The island enjoys average temperatures in the 70s (F) during November, providing an ideal place to escape the cold. Plus this time of year tends to be much quieter than peak tourist season, making it a great time to enjoy the island’s beaches and other attractions without the spring and summer crowds.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Eat your turkey and trimmings by the beach at a number of waterfront restaurants offering holiday meals on Anna Maria Island or inDiners eating outside at an Anna Maria Island beach restaurant Bradenton.

  • Anna Maria Island Beach Café will be open on Thanksgiving Day, offering a traditional meal for pick-up (pre-order required). For those who are hungry for some beachfront dining, a breakfast will also be served in the morning.
  • Pier 22 is a waterfront restaurant in nearby Bradenton with a special Thanksgiving holiday menu starting at 11am. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
  • Bridge Street Bistro in Bradenton Beach offers a Thanksgiving buffet starting at noon, including seafood and other less traditional dishes available in addition to turkey and mashed potatoes. Reservations are required and can be made on their website.
  • Beach House Waterfront offers stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and relaxing outdoor dining directly on the beach. Open normal hours on Thanksgiving, with typical menu options available.

Things to Do Over the Thanksgiving Holiday

There are lots of activities to choose from during your Thanksgiving vacation to Anna Maria Island, with options for everyone.

  • Get a head start on your holiday with the Bradenton Turkey Trot 3-Miler Fun Run. Starting at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, this event is open to all levels, and proceeds will support local food banks. Race day registration is available for cash only.
  • Explore the laid-back and quaint atmosphere of Anna Maria Island by bike. The slow traffic and flat roads make the island a great place to get around by bike for riders of any level, with trailers and kids’ bikes available for rent as well. On the northern end of the island, do your Black Friday shopping along Pine Avenue, then continue along the Anna Maria Island City Pier for a great view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. On the southern end, check out serene Leffis Key Preserve for wildlife viewing and bay views along the boardwalk, then stop by lively Coquina Beach across the road.
  • Rent a kayak or paddleboard and set off to explore the serene waterways of Anna Maria Island on your own. Or book a kayak tour, where you will have the opportunity to see dolphins, manatees and other wildlife. Booking a charter boat for a fishing trip or dolphin tour is a great way to experience a saltwater adventure in the Gulf of Mexico.

Where to Stay

Oceanfront pool at an Anna Maria Island condo rentalStaying in a vacation rental on Anna Maria Island over Thanksgiving has several benefits. It allows you to enjoy a more relaxed and private holiday with your family and friends, and you have the flexibility to cook your own Thanksgiving meal in a fully equipped kitchen, or order takeout from one of the island’s restaurants. Additionally, our vacation rentals offer more space and amenities than a hotel room, such as private pools and outdoor living spaces, and living rooms that the whole group can gather in.

Located steps from Coquina Beach, Angie’s Place is a cozy beach cottage with a backyard pool oasis for ultimate relaxation. The stylish Lime Kiss offers a palm-fringed pool area and a rooftop deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Spacious Sunshine-Bradenton Beach Club offers a private screened balcony, two pools and boardwalk beach access.

Anna Maria Island is a great destination for a special Thanksgiving experience. With mild weather, fewer crowds, and plenty of restaurants offering a special holiday meal, it’s a great place to enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. Book your vacation rental and start planning your Thanksgiving getaway to Anna Maria Island!