Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4 2016 Key Lime Festival Downtown, Key West In the Florida Keys they like to celebrate the things that make the Keys unique – citrus, eccentrics, people and pie. Head down to the birthplace of key lime pie for a little taste, and you will see what they mean ... love and limes! The weekend events include the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll, the Key Lime Pie Hop, Key Lime rum sampling, Key Lime cooking, a Key Lime pie eating’ contest and the 4th of July fireworks picnic. Check out the 2017 schedule of events at keylimefestival.com. Tuesday, July 4 11th Annual Firecracker 5K Run Morgan Family Community Center 6207 West Price Blvd., North Port Race begins at 7:30 a.m. The course is flat, fast, and well marked with a water station along the way in the 3.1-mile stretch. Packet pick-up and race day registration is from 6 to 7 a.m. Go to CityofNorthPort.com to register. Cost is $25-$30. Tuesday, July 4 Englewood Firecracker Festival & Block Party Dearborn Street, Englewood The Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club hosts the annual Englewood Firecracker Festival and Block Party on Dearborn Street, followed by the “Light Up Lemon Bay” fireworks display. Festivities feature a musical lineup including Copperhead, Bobby C and July Love and closing the show with Echo Matrix. There will be food & beverage vendors and more than 60 craft vendors, Don’t miss the worldfamous “Chicken Sheet Bingo.” Fireworks over Lemon Bay will begin around 9 p.m. Admission is free. For information, see lemonbaysunriserotary. com. Tuesday, July 4 4th Fest 2017 Laishley Park, Punta Gorda Gates open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Water-mania at Laishley Park with over a dozen water slides, live music and vendors. The live music starts at noon and the party continues until 9 p.m., when the fireworks are scheduled to go off. Admission is $3 and kids under 12 are free. For more information see PuntaGordaFireworks. com or call (941) 637-5953. Tuesday, July 4 Boca Grande 4 of July Fireworks The fireworks start around 9:30 p.m. at the Boca Grande Marina. For more information call (941) 964-8000. Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9 Sarasota Lionfish Derby Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota All are invited to participate in the 4th annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby! These events are an important way to harvest large numbers of this invasive species that has spread along the eastern Atlantic coast. Divers will harvest lionfish, provide public education and opportunities to taste the delicious lionfish for free. Registration is $120 per team. For all the derby information and to register see reef.org. Thursday July 13 through Saturday, July 15 Sarasota Improv Festival Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Avenue Sarasota The 9th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival is three days of non-stop comedy! Troupes are coming from all over the country - and this year there will also be international groups, all ready to pack some punch into their improv comedy. Packages are available for purchase by calling the box office at (941) 366-9000. See floridastudiotheatre.org to purchase tickets and for more information. Tuesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 23 37th Annual Hemingway Days Downtown Key West Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway left a powerful legacy in Key West. His zest for life, literary accomplishments and enduring affection for the island he called home throughout the 1930s are to be commemorated during the annual Hemingway Days celebration. Each year, fans of his writing and exuberant lifestyle come together for Hemingway Days. For more information see fla-keys.com. Friday, July 21 Christmas in July Downtown Historic Venice More than 55 merchants and restaurants will be celebrating the non-season. Enjoy sales, specials and prizes. Summer Santa will be there enjoying the holiday and the trolley will be back for all to enjoy! Most stores will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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