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Longboat Key lets freedom ring at Fourth of July festival

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It may only be a quarter-mile long, but the Longboat Key Freedom Fest parade goes the distance on community charm.

Patriotic participants of all ages and their pups are invited to don their most festive red, white and blue attire and march down Longboat Key’s version of Main Street — Bay Isles Road — in the annual Fourth of July celebration, slated for Friday.

Hosted by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, the all-American morning begins with the parade lineup at 8:30 a.m. Friday between the Bank of America and SunTrust banks on Bay Isles Road.

Whether you’re walking with your dog or riding a bike, get into the spirit by decorating your wheels, wagons and faces for the parade that begins at 9 a.m.

Old-fashioned games and prizes will follow at Bicentennial Park, near Longboat Key Town Hall. This year, a face painter from the Circus Arts Conservatory will also join in the fun.

While the kids play, adults can head to the food area to enjoy their favorite breakfast items such as waffles, pancakes, pastries and coffee.

At 10:30 a.m., the crowd will see the release of dozens of butterflies into the Longboat Key Garden Club’s Butterfly Garden.

“The smiles on children’s faces spread through those celebrating and give us faith in our next generation carrying on the traditions we hold dear as a nation,” said Longboat Key Garden Club President Jackie Salvino. “It is an honest, small-town celebration that delights all who attend.”

Freedom Fest sponsors include the Longboat Observer, Cannons Marina, Casa del Mar and Team Renick. The town of Longboat Key and Blue Dolphin Café also support the event.

For more information, call the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce at 383-2466.

If you go
Longboat Key Freedom Fest
When: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 4
Where: Parade begins between Bank of America and SunTrust Bank on Bay Isles Road; celebration continues at Bicentennial Park outside of Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
Cost: Free
Contact: Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 383-2466



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