Surprise – more fireworks tonight!

Surprise - more fireworks tonight!
The Sandbar will have a second fireworks display tonight, July 5, since last night's display ran into some problems. - Kristin Swain | Sun

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Don’t pack up those American flag swim trunks and those red, white and blue beach chairs yet – the Fourth of July on Anna Maria Island is not over ’til it’s over!

The Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria will set off a second, unplanned fireworks display tonight, July 5, since there was a glitch with last night’s display, said Ed Chiles, of The Chiles Group, who is celebrating his 40th year with the restaurant.

According to a statement on The Sandbar’s Facebook page: “The Sandbar restaurant and our team is so proud to be a part of the Anna Maria community that it hurts us deeply when we disappoint you. And we know that our fireworks show disappointed many last night. It disappointed us as well. Tonight, July 5th at 9 p.m., we will make it right with what will, hopefully, be our best fireworks show ever.”

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