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Parking for Fireworks on the Lake event in Sarasota now on sale

Spectators are set up on all sides of the lake to watch the fireworks show at Nathan Benderson Park.
Spectators are set up on all sides of the lake to watch the fireworks show at Nathan Benderson Park.
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While you might not expect that shade would be a topic at a fireworks show, Nathan Benderson Park is concerned about just that as it is adding some tents to the grounds for the Fireworks on the Lake Show on July 3.

Gates open at 5 p.m. for the event, which culminates just after 9 p.m. when an approximately 15-minute fireworks show will be fired from a barge on the lake.

While the fireworks will be the highlight of the annual event, there will be plenty of entertainment before the sun goes down, and Nathan Benderson Park Marketing Director Marnie Buchsbaum said park executives have wanted to provide more shade for those who attend the event to get out of the heat.

Last year's Fireworks on the Lake drew 16,000 people and the event continues to grow in popularity.

The overall event will see a change this year as instead of offering multiple bands, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio will perform a concert that begins at 5:30 p.m. on the main stage on Regatta Island and will last much of the way, besides an intermission, up to the fireworks.

Ten inflatables will be available to kids and interactive photo displays will be around the park for entire families to enjoy. Kids also will enjoy bubble machines and face painters.

Oak and Stone is the event's beer and wine sponsor and plenty of food vendors will be on hand. The event's main sponsor, for the second consecutive year, is Lamborghini of Sarasota. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is hosting the Kid Zone.

The taped show will be televised July 4 by WWSB ABC 7 beginning at 9 p.m.

Buchsbaum said parking for previous Fireworks on the Lake shows have been close to selling out and suggested that those who want to attend the event secure their parking ahead of time. Parking is now on sale at There is no admission charge to enter the park.

Tickets for parking are $35 on Regatta Island, $25 per car and $55 for recreational vehicles in the park's south lot, and $25 for parking at the new special event lot (next to Homewood Suites).



Jay Heater

Jay Heater is the managing editor of the East County Observer. Overall, he has been in the business more than 41 years, 26 spent at the Contra Costa Times in the San Francisco Bay area as a sportswriter covering college football and basketball, boxing and horse racing.

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