How to Appreciate the 4th of July in a Deeper Way

When you visit Anna Maria Island on the 4th of July, or even during the 4th of July weekend, you’re sure to be reminded of what Independence Day in the USA is all about.

There’s no better way to remember why we celebrate the Fourth of July than by watching majestic fireworks exploding in the air over the gorgeous waters of Anna Maria Island.

Renting an Anna Maria Island vacation rental by the beach can give you the best experience possible when it comes to celebrating this important holiday.

The Spirit of the Fourth

Anna Maria Island is a great place to spend the 4th of July – celebrating with friends and family with plenty of activities to help us all remember the importance of that day is 1776. Start the day by watching lots of red white and blue as local businesses and clubs participate in an island parade.  Check local newspapers for ceremonies going on throughout the day on the island or just head to the beach to enjoy time with family and friends.

Sitting on any of the beaches on Anna Maria Island is sure to give you a great view of the much-anticipated annual 4th of July fireworks display. The show goes off from Bradenton Beach near Bridge Street, lighting up the island’s entire coastline. There are also fireworks that go off from the Sandbar Restaurant.  The colorful display celebrates independence and patriotism, reminding us what the day is all about.

You and your family can take the time to remember the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence. You may even hum the tune of the quintessential 4th of July song, The Star-Spangled Banner.

The fireworks exploding over the ocean in the summer night sky will give you the feeling of bombs bursting in air, and the country finally gaining independence from Great Britain all those decades ago.

girls with american flag on them from anna maria island
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Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth of July?

Fireworks and Fourth of July barbecues are more than just a fun celebration with family and friends, which is why it’s important to remember the 4th of July history.

The day before Independence Day in 1776, Revolution leader John Adams told his wife that America’s independence should be celebrated with great anniversary festivities: “bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”

As you watch the amazing light show over Anna Maria Island, you can take this information and know that John Adams and the founding fathers would approve of the magnificent celebration.

In fact, the very first celebration like this was on the original 4th of July of 1777 in Philadelphia, when citizens gathered to watch the new nation’s sky fill with fireworks. It was mean to raise spirits and be a beacon of hope as the colonies remained at war with Great Britain.

The 4th of July represents the birth of the United States as an independent nation. The history of Independence Day is easy to forget when you are busy grilling burgers and enjoying the beauty of the beaches on Anna Maria Island.

But don’t forget to take a moment to reflect on the freedoms we have in this country. Take time to observe the waves crashing upon the sand, the birds singing in the air, and the breeze blowing across the coast. These are all things that our forefathers fought for, and are reminders of why we celebrate the 4th of July in the first place.

Plan Your Vacation

If you have any questions about making new memories on Anna Maria Island this 4th of July or are interested in learning more about planning a trip here this summer, we are here to help. Our staff is knowledgeable and friendly and would be more than happy to point you in the right direction for fun, educational local events.

History and Insight

Learning the rich history of the 4th of July, the country, and even Anna Maria Island can help you and your family appreciate the holiday in a new and significant way this year. By understanding where these loved traditions come from, you will be able to enjoy them more.

Learn the important 4th of July stories of history, and talk with family members about their most significant holiday memories. By creating a conversation around the 4th of July, you’ll ensure the entire family understands the importance of the high-flying American flag.