Fireworks ‘grand finale’ is right here; cleanup crew shines bright

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Siesta Beach held its 30th Community Fireworks celebration July 4 on a day that saw perfect weather and a packed beach.

In case you missed it, here is the grand finale!

Indeed, Zambelli Fireworks thrilled everyone with this year’s Fourth of July display, an amazing production that not only celebrated America’s independence but also our return to normal after various stages of pandemic lockdown.

Starting at the crack of dawn, people lined the beach with tents, umbrellas, and lounge chairs to celebrate the 4th and to secure the best viewing spot possible. The usual beach drum circle entertained a large crowd while families played volleyball, tossed Frisbees, and enjoyed refreshments in preparation for the event. 

The next day, Keep Sarasota Beautiful, a county-wide beautification program, partnered with the Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department to host the Liberty Litter Cleanup. At Siesta Beach, a large group of volunteers came together to pick up the enormous amount of debris left behind by the attendees as well as the fireworks themselves. The area where the fireworks were set off was covered in tiny plastic pieces, cardboard chunks, rubber bands, plastic ties and much more.

The volunteers were able to collect a sizable amount of the garbage, numbering at least five or six bags of fireworks debris from the immediate vicinity of the blast site alone. In addition to the volunteers from the Liberty Litter Cleanup, there were additional concerned residents who brought their own trash bags to participate in the cleanup. These volunteers appeared to also inspire some early beachgoers to spontaneously join the cleanup effort. 

Kudos to everyone who volunteered to help keep our beach clean and safe!

John Morton
Author: John Morton

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