New Years Events on Anna Maria Island

Vacationing during the holidays can really provide for a memorable experience. You’ll be able to plan some fun activities to celebrate some of your favorite traditions.

And if you love to celebrate the New Year watching a ball drop or enjoying a big island event, you are in the right place. There is plenty to do on Anna Maria Island to kick it off right. New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and there are many ways to celebrate.

Anna Maria New Years Eve

Where to Watch the Fireworks

One of the most popular Anna Maria Island New Years things to do is, of course, watch the fireworks. You can do it from the comforts of your vacation rental or you can check out one of the fun spots on the island.

A local favorite is The Beach House on Gulf Drive North. Grab something to eat from their special dinner menu up until 10 p.m. and kick back with a few drinks until the fireworks go off.

This fireworks show is one of the most highly anticipated events all year long on Anna Maria Island. You can watch the incredible light show right from the beach as you say goodbye to the old year.

Other great spots to ring in the New Year on Anna Maria Island include Bortell’s Lounge on Gulf Drive and D Coy Ducks Bar and Grille on Marina Drive. Both bars are open past midnight and provide unique atmospheres to watch the ball drop on television and get ready for a brand new year in front of us.

Explore the Island

You can always check out some of the attractions that might be busier at other times of the year. Take this off-season time to check out some spots that will be much less crowded than usual. Explore the historic City Pier, Bean Point, and Coquina Beach. These areas may be remarkably quiet in the days leading up to the New Year.

You’ll still be able to spot some dolphins, birds, and other wildlife. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can rent a kayak or go on a boat tour to see some incredible views. Holiday hours may vary by boat availability, but there’s almost always a group heading out into the Gulf for a sunset or dolphin cruise.

Anna Maria New Years Eve

Nearby Celebrations

Anna Maria Island lights up with lovely New Year’s Eve events. Below are a few more that you can check out in and around the island.

Main Street Live is a big block party on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton. The whole thing kicks off in the late afternoon with live music, food trucks, vendors, and more. Of course, as the clock ticks closer and closer to midnight you’ll want to find the best spot to watch the ball drop.

Additionally, you could head to Main Street in Sarasota for the downtown New Year’s Eve Party. Festivities start in the afternoon with music and dancing. The night highlights local musicians and performers, as well as a delicious collection of food and drinks from local-only vendors. The most unique thing about this party is that as the old year leaves and we ring in the new one—a “Pineapple Ball Drop” counts us down to midnight. This event is definitely one to add to the bucket list.

No matter how you choose to enjoy New Year’s Eve on Anna Maria Island, we’re sure you will have a fantastic time. It’s a holiday you won’t soon forget.

Celebrate it surrounded by friends and family during your holiday vacation to Anna Maria Island.