Every year on the first weekend in July, just before July Fourth, Sarasota, Florida holds the Sarasota Offshore Power Boat Grand Prix.  This spectacular week-long event brings boat racers and fans from all over the country, and even the world.

The proceeds from this 34th Grand Prix are donated to the Suncoast Charities for Children, helping children with special needs and their families.  Many of the events include participation by the children.  In the days leading up to the final race, activities include a golf tournament, car show, fishing tournament, comedy night, party in the boat pits, and motorcycle charity ride.  The culmination is the six-and-a-half mile race off the beach on Lido Key with these magnificent powerboats achieving speeds of over 100 miles per hour.