We have released the 2012 list of places where you can view fireworks from your boat. Thus far, more than 52 locations have been submitted by local Chambers of Commerce as well as Tourism and Visitor bureaus from across the Sunshine State.

Florida is one of the few states that can offer this many elaborate displays over water, allowing spectators to view the celebration from the comfort of their boat and making for the perfect holiday outing.

There are things that should be kept in mind before venturing out for an evening on the water. Rusty Gardner, founder of Florida By Water, reminds us that even although this can be a great boating experience, safety must always come first. He offers up a few suggestions:

  • First, make sure that all of your navigation lights are in working order. It is imperative that other boaters are able to see you in the dark.
  • Second, it is very helpful to have a chart plotter or other navigation device on board when navigating at night. Slow speeds are always better in these conditions and a extra lookout could be invaluable.
  • Third, make sure you have all of the required safety equipment on board and always wear your life jacket!
  • And finally, never drink and boat. As the captain you are responsible for the safety of everyone on your vessel. With this many boats on the water, the 4th of July is not a time to take risks.

For a full list go to Florida By Water

Sarasota

Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay

Part of the Suncoast Offshore Festival, viewing is free from anywhere downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park. The display is an awesome sight from a boat anchored on Sarasota Bay. Make sure you bring an umbrella just in case of rain. The Sarasota Fourth of July fireworks show starts at dusk or around 9:00 p.m. and is privately funded and charity focused; The Florida Center for Child and Family Development will gratefully accept donations of cash, books, toys, diapers and wipes for newborns through eight years of age. The donation drop points are located at Island Park, Marina Jack, and the Municipal Auditorium. Website

Local Information: Check your current charts, and get there early to ensure a good spot to anchor. As you’ll obviously be enjoying these displays after the sun goes down, make sure you are comfortable operating your vessel at night. Keep a keen eye out for other boaters, stay at least ¼ mile away and up-wind from where the fireworks are being discharged, don’t anchor in a channel, and keep clear of any Coast Guard designated security/safety zones. Be safe and enjoy the show! Form your crusingeditor.com

Siesta Key

Sarasota Fourth of July Events on Siesta Key: 22nd Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Party. Fireworks over Siesta Key are blasted off just north of the volleyball courts, so viewing is good from anywhere south and along Crescent Beach (south of Siesta Public Beach), out on the Gulf, or from the Intracoastal waterway. Good weather brings estimates of 20,000 to 30,000 to the fireworks on Siesta Key, which starts about 9:15 p.m Website

St Pete Beach

Fireworks will be shot off a barge in the Gulf of Mexico directly west of the beach. They can be seen from any area along the coastline or by boat. July 4th beginning at 8pm

 

St Petersburg

Join us on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at The Pier in downtown St. Petersburg for a FULL day of family-oriented activities to celebrate the 4th of July.Fireworks will be seen over the Bay at 9:00 p.m., compliments of the City of St. Petersburg!

Tampa

at the Florida Aquarium with fireworks over the channel at 9:00 p.m.

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