Nathan Benderson Park of Sarasota hosts full-blown Fourth of July celebration one year after pandemic-restricted event.
Greenbrook's Mary Harris and her family were among a limited number of people who attended Fireworks On the Lake at Nathan Benderson Park in 2020 during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It wasn't the same.
Mary Harris jokingly said it was much wetter this year than it was in 2020, but more importantly, the event's typical festivities — live music, food, street vendors, the Kids Zone and more — returned July 3 after they were absent last year because of restrictions.
Banks Gregory, the 2-year-old grandson of Tara's Trudi and Mac Gregory, spent much of the evening climbing up and tumbling down an inflatable slide in the Kids Zone.
"It's more fun to have that feeling of community this year," Greenbrook resident Amayah Hayden said.
Join the Neighborhood! Our 100% local content helps strengthen our communities by delivering news and information that is relevant to our readers. Support independent local journalism by joining the Observer's new membership program — The Newsies — a group of like-minded community citizens, like you. Be a Newsie.