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    Thursday, 3 July 2014

    What’s on in July on Anna Maria Island

    Are you visiting the Island in July? Stuck for things to do? Well, we have you covered! In our latest post we give you an overview of what will be happening on the Island this month so you won’t miss a thing!

    July 3rd and 4th: Chiles Group Firework Extravaganza

    July 4th is American Independence Day, and you know what that means: we like to make things explode!

    That’s why there is not one but two nights of fireworks brought to you by the Chiles Restaurant Group. On Thursday, July 3rd, the Beachhouse will hold its 21st Annual Fireworks Extravaganza. This newly-renovated dining room provides the perfect venue to watch a fireworks spectacular sparkle and pop over the Gulf of Mexico.
    Fireworks Anna Maria Island
    If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can always book a VIP Party Package which provides front row seating under a special tent on the deck featuring a buffet of appetizers, entrees, and decadent desserts.  The VIP package also includes entertainment by DJ John Rinell, dancing, party favors, specialty cocktails, select beer and wine and complimentary valet parking.

    Book your VIP party packages by contacting 941-779-2222 or All other seating is on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive early to this popular event.
    The Grand Finale of the Fireworks Extravaganza is at the Sandbar Restaurant on Friday, July 4th. This is the 28th Annual Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular.

    Tickets for a VIP Party under the open air Sandbar Event Pavilion are $125 each: this includes a delicious upscale buffet, complimentary Sandbar specialty drinks, beer and wine, party favors, music plus a great spot for the fireworks. There are a limited number of tickets available so be sure to book early.
    Meanwhile, regular restaurant seating is on a first come, first served basis. Valet parking is also available for restaurant patrons and VIP package holders. For more information and VIP table purchase, contact Patti McKee, Special Events Director at 941-778-8709 or

    Drum Circles

    Friday nights, join a group of local musicians as they form a drum circle on the beach by the Anna Maria Island Beach Café by the Manatee Public Beach. You can bring your own percussion instrument along and join in, dance to the music, or just sit in the sand and enjoy the show. The drum circle kicks off about a half an hour before sunset and stretches until about 10pm most Friday evenings.

    Can’t get enough drum circles? If you’re willing to make the trek, you can always head towards Sarasota and out to the Siesta Key Beach Drum Circle which takes place ever Sunday evening starting about an hour before sunset. Drummers, dancers, and music lovers welcome.

    Beach Yoga

    Want to spend your morning really getting in touch with nature? Unwind with some Beach Yoga taught by Rachel Weber. Classes are on hold now but will resume in mid-July. The donation-based class welcomes all levels of yoga practitioners (even beginners) and takes place every Monday and Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am at the Manatee Public Beach.

    Love a beachside view, but not a big fan of getting sand in your yoga pants? Try the upstairs studio at Island Yoga Space which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy all the beauty of the beach without the inconvenience of being outdoors.

    If there is anything else going on that you think we should shout about leave us a comment and let us know!

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