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Sarasota couple hosts drive-by July 4th celebration, events you can check out in Tampa Bay

Posted at 4:17 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 18:05:57-04

SARASOTA, Fla. — After the city of Sarasota canceled its fireworks celebration, a Sarasota couple who loves the Fourth of July decided to take action for the community.

Elln Hagney and Dave Gordan own a tech art business called Enlightened Monkey Arts. They are using their art skills to host a free drive-thru display on Saturday night.

Families can still celebrate the lights and patriotism of the Fourth of July all while social distancing in their cars.

"We wanted to create a social distancing experience to enjoy so we decided to create a drive-thru experience in our cul-de-sac that will feature projection mapping, lasers, lighting effects, props," said Hagney.

One of the many features is fireworks projected on a tree. The free drive-by display is from 9:15-11:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. It'll be hosted at 133 S. Lime Ave. Sarasota, FL.


The City of Largo is having a drive-by parade salute on the Fourth of July.

The celebration, which will be a drive-through of Largo neighborhoods from 10-11:30 a.m. on July 4, will feature a decorated float in patriotic decor, followed by city workers and first responders.

The parade will start in Highpoint, making its way through neighborhoods along East Bay Drive, Largo Central Park, downtown Largo and ending at Trotter Road.

The City of Largo encourages residents in these neighborhoods to stand-in their driveways and wave their flags, dance to our patriotic-themed playlist or just smile and say hello as they bring the celebration to you. In order to stay safe, they are asking everyone to practice safe social distancing and to wear masks when not able to socially distance.

Temple Terrace

The city of Temple Terrace is hosting a Red, White and Blue Yard Decorating Contest. Residents are encouraged to enjoy a "reverse Independence Day parade" and drive, walk or bike to the houses in their neighborhood.

Winners will be announced at the July 7 City Council meeting.

Homes and businesses with drive-by displays are listed below.


  • East Fowler Ave (Children's Board)
  • 10002 N 56th St (Mission Hill Church)
  • 11250 N 56th St (City Hall)


  • 528 Rollingview
  • 121 Burlingame Ave
  • 123 Burlingame Ave
  • 422 Montrose Ave (backyard visible off Downs at TTGCC tee box #15)
  • 6702 E 113th Ave
  • 206 Redwood Ave
  • 1303 North Riverhills Dr (across from Ben Lomond Park)
  • 410 N Glen Arven Ave
  • 6401 Josephine Arbor Pl
  • 1530 N Riverhills Dr


  • 6702 E 113th Ave
  • 725 Argyle Pl
  • 405 Bon Aire Ave
  • 121 Burlingame Ave
  • 123 Burlingame Ave
  • 604 Druid Hills
  • 720 Druid Hills Rd
  • 816 Gascon Pl
  • 639 Gillette Ave
  • 119 Glen Ridge Ave
  • 725 Grand Cir
  • 8620 Grandview Dr (corner of Grandview and Beverly)
  • 614 Herchel Dr
  • 629 Holland Ave
  • 422 Montrose Ave (backyard visible off Downs at TTGCC tee box #15)
  • 12207 N 51 St
  • 1303 North Riverhills Drive (across from Ben Lomond Park)
  • 1309 N. Riverhills Dr
  • 206 Redwood Ave
  • 7803 River Ridge Dr
  • 528 Rollingview
  • 404 S Riverhills Dr
  • 313 Sunnyside Rd