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Date of Issue: June 17, 2009

Trio of fireworks shows to mark Fourth

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The Chiles Restaurant Group will celebrate Independence Day with a trio of fireworks shows.

Last year, the July 4 celebration was scaled back to one show from two to help law enforcement personnel bring illegal fireworks use under control.

This year three permitted shows for the public will take place.

The first will occur on July 3 with an Independence Eve celebration at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

The fireworks will begin at about 9:15 p.m. on the eve of the holiday and will be fired from a barge in the Gulf of Mexico in full view of the crowds on the beach.

The other two fireworks displays will take place on July 4, one at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria and the other at the MarVista Restaurant, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key.

The Sandbar display will begin at about 9:15 p.m. with the fireworks sent up from the beach.

The restaurant, in its special event application to the city, estimated about 1,500-2,499 people would attend.

The MarVista display also will take place shortly after dark. The fireworks there will be fired from a barge.

The local July 4 holiday celebration also will feature the traditional Anna Maria Island Privateers parade, which will run the length of the Island, from Coquina Beach to the Anna Maria City Pier, starting at 10 a.m.

After the parade, AMIP will hold a celebration for its scholarship recipients at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach.