July Fourth Fireworks Information
Venice’s annual Independence Day Fourth of July fireworks display will light up the night sky on Monday, July 4. The fireworks will be shot from the South Jetty on July 4 shortly after 9 p.m. The free show will last an estimated 30 minutes.
Although the jetty will be closed for safety, the fireworks display may be viewed on area beaches from Caspersen to Nokomis, as well as from other places around Venice. Another way to get a good view of the show is from the water. Boats should be at anchor by 8:30 p.m.; the Venice Inlet will be closed to boat traffic at 8:45 p.m. until about a half-hour after the display’s grand finale. The show typically draws 10,000-15,000 people.
The jetty will close the day before (at 12:01 a.m. July 3) just west of Anita’s Sandcastle so that Garden State Fireworks can set up. Then the remaining jetty park, to include the parking lot, will close to all vehicles and pedestrians at 12:01 a.m. July 4. Tarpon Center Drive will remain open, allowing all vehicle traffic to turn around at the entrance to the jetty park. There will be message boards at the South Jetty and Tarpon Center Dr./The Esplanade notifying motorists of the closures. Venice Police will have an outgoing traffic pattern in place to keep traffic flowing and intersections clear following the fireworks display.
Anita’s Sandcastle on the South Jetty will also be closed July 3-4. Police will provide extra beach and water patrol for the weekend.
The Sertoma Club of Venice, as it has for the last decade, raised $10,000 for the fireworks show, along with the City’s $15,000. According to Sertoma Club president Bob Klingbeil, the club’s efforts in collecting donations from the community at local Publix supermarkets and from other local businesses were enhanced this year by a $5,000 donation from Visit Sarasota County.
Beach spectators are strongly advised to not bring their own fireworks. With so many people, especially small children, individuals using fireworks can be extremely dangerous. It is also not a good place to bring pets. Dogs are not allowed at most places on the beach and the noise from fireworks is disturbing to them.