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Destination Tampa Bay | Celebrating Independence Day Across Tampa Bay | Destination Tampa Bay

Celebrating Independence Day Across Tampa Bay

With Independence Day around the corner, the time is ideal to start making plans with friends and family. We’ve gathered as many neighborhood and city-wide events we could find along with special Fourth of July-themed activities taking place at some of our favorite attractions across the Tampa Bay area. To make things easier to locate, we have arranged them by county and alphabetically by communities. If you have an Independence Day-themed event taking place between the weekend of 6/30-7/1 and the Fourth of July, tell us about it. Send all event details by email to editor@destinationtampabay.com.

Have a fun, safe Fourth of July!

PINELLAS COUNTY:

Clearwater

Clearwater Celebrates America

Wednesday, July 4 –6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Coachman Park

Celebrate the real Fourth of July by attending the largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area!  This free and family friendly celebration is going down at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. Evening includes a patriotic concert, food and drink vendors and a children’s play area. Gate opens at 4 p.m. Fireworks launch at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

FIREWORKS AT BLUE JAYS

Dunedin

Hometown USA

Tuesday, July 3 – 6:30 p.m.

Dunedin Stadium

The City of Dunedin and the Dunedin Blue Jays host this special patriotic celebration with a minor league baseball game and fireworks show followed by a live concert. Admission is free, but attendees must obtain a ticket from the stadium box office on game day only. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the ballgame scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. when the Dunedin Blue Jays take on the Tampa Tarpons. Fireworks will be launched just after the game finishes followed by a live concert. During this year’s event, the City and Dunedin Blue Jays ask guests to support area families in need by bringing a non-perishable donation to the game for the Dunedin Cares Food Pantry. Fans who bring three or more items will receive a ticket voucher for a free ticket to the upcoming Dunedin Blue Jays game on Thursday, July 12. The Pantry has shared that they are most in need of breakfast items such as cereal, toaster pastries, peanut butter and jelly. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

Gulfport

City of Gulfport’s 4th of July Celebration

Wednesday, July 4 – 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Waterfront District

Enjoy a full day of fun activities planned. Sign up for a Fishing Derby at 8 a.m., check out Sand Sculptures at 10 a.m. and come back later in the evening for a parade and Mayor and Councilmember’s Welcome, all starting at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively. Wrap up a busy day in Gulfport with a firework show at 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

 

 

Kenneth City

Town of Kenneth City’s Independence Day Parade

Wednesday, July 4 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Through the town to Ernst Park

Follow this year’s parade route as it winds through town, beginning at 62nd St. and traveling eastbound on 54th Av. Until it reaches 58th St., turns right and heads southbound on 58th until it ends at Ernst Park. Attendees can enjoy free hot dogs while they last as part of this free annual community tradition. For more information, call Town Hall at 727-498-8949 or click here.

 

Largo

Holiday Poolside Picnic

Wednesday, July 4 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Highland Family Aquatic Center

Pack a blanket and picnic basket lunch and spend the early part of your day off lounging by the pool as part of this special holiday event. Splash’s Snack Bar will be open for guests wishing to purchase food or drink. No glass or alcohol is allowed. The cost is $12 per group of five with a recreation membership or $23 per group of five with no membership. For more information, click here.

 

 

City of Largo’s Fourth of July Celebration

Wednesday, July 4 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Largo Central Park

The City of Largo is planning an old-fashioned Independence Day party in the park! Head to Largo Central Park where the family-friendly fun will begin at 6 p.m. Enjoy great food, live entertainment and activities for all ages, followed by a brilliant fireworks show starting at approximately 9:15 p.m. Be sure to save room for the pie eating contest, or bring some extra cash for t-shirt decorating ($5) or inflatable activities ($10). Admission to the event is free. 

For more information, click here.

 

 

Madeira Beach

City of Madeira Beach’s 4th of July Fireworks

Wednesday, July 4 – 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

ROC Park

Take part in this annual Madeira Beach tradition with best viewing of the fireworks from ROC Park, the City’s park located at the Municipal Complex. Coolers, chairs and blankets are permitted at the park. Weather permitting, fireworks are scheduled to launch at 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

Safety Harbor

City of Safety Harbor 4th of July Parade and Celebration

Wednesday, July 4 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Along Main Street

Join the American Legion Auxiliary as its members host this year’s Independence Day parade as it marches through downtown Safety Harbor. Don your best red, white and blue for the celebration, and stay after the parade for the Santas Patriotic Ceremony at the Gazebo where they will be handing out free treats including popcorn, snow-cones, cookies, juice and water and playing live patriotic tunes. They will also be passing out “Stars” to any Veterans in the crowds and wristbands for the kids. Admission for both events is free. For more information, click here.

City of Safety Harbor 4th of July Celebration

Wednesday, July 4 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Safety Harbor Marina

Head down to the Marina for a fun evening of kids’ activities, live entertainment, food and drink, and a stellar firework display at 9 p.m. over the Marina and Waterfront Park to cap the evening. Entry is free. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

city of st pete fireworksSt. Petersburg

City of St. Pete’s Fourth of July Fireworks

Wednesday, July 4 – 9:15 p.m.

Views from Bayshore Drive

St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation will be setting off fireworks in downtown St. Pete based on weather conditions and for that reason, could launch them anytime from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Spectators will be able to view this year’s display along Bayshore Drive from any of the following local parks: Albert Whitted, North Straub, South Straub, North Shore, Elva Rouse and Florida Wylie. For more information, click here.

 

 

Tarpon Springs

City of Tarpon Springs 4th of July Picnic and Fireworks Display

craig parkWednesday, July 4 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Craig Park

Nothing like an old-fashioned picnic in the park to celebrate Independence Day! Head to Craig Park in Tarpon Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the family to enjoy a water slide, paddle boarding, inflatables, lawn games and free hot dogs while supplies last! Save room for the hot dog eating contest at noon (ages 16 and up). Live entertainment will be provided by Rusty Trumpet from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., featuring patriotic songs and hits from the 60s to now. Admission is free. For more information, click here.

City of Tarpon Springs Fireworks Display

Wednesday, July 4 – 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fred Howard Park

Check out this year’s spectacular fireworks over the city by gathering at Fred Howard Park, located at 1700 Sunset Drive. Event is free. For more information, click here.

 

Treasure Island  City of Treasure Island’s 4th of July Fireworks

Wednesday, July 4 – 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Gulf Front Park

Meet up with friends along Treasure Island’s beaches to take in the sights of this year’s Independence Day fireworks display. Park by the beaches early in the day to enjoy a day off at the beach with $15 all day parking good at Treasure Island Park on 104th Av. from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fireworks display is scheduled to kick off at 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY:

 

Plant City

Plant City July 4th Celebration

Wednesday, July 4 –6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Plant City Stadium

Come out for a fun, family-friendly and alcohol-free community event back for its 13th year. Celebration includes free activities including bungee jumps, a climbing wall, face painting, corn hole, balloon art, bounce house and more. Take part in a 50/50 raffle, indulge in tasty fare for sale by local food vendors and see live entertainment on stage. Admission is free with $5 per car parking. Grand fireworks finale begins at 9:15 p.m. For more information, click here.

 

Tampa

July 4th at the Florida Aquarium

Wednesday, July 4, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Florida Aquarium

Roam the Florida Aquarium for Independence Day and enjoy extended hours, daily activities and Aquarium exhibits, as well as drink specials and menu exclusives and even the option of purchasing a fireworks cruise on the Bay afterward. For more information, click here.

 

Independence Day at the History Center

Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay History Center

Spend the day wrapped in American history – how appropriate for the Fourth of July! –  and if you are a Bank of America cardholder, better yet, because BOA cardholders enjoy free admission to the History Center for the holiday. All others pay only $5 with extended hours being offered. See costumed re-enactors represent a variety of time periods in American military history, and hands-on displays of artifacts, uniforms, crafts and music. Stick around and enjoy a beverage at the Columbia Café and explore the Tampa Riverwalk after for a view of the City of Tampa fireworks, viewable from the Riverwalk and scheduled to start at 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

 

Independence Day at Busch Gardens

Wednesday, July 4 – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Watch live entertainment, explore the park and its breathtaking thrill rides and stay late with extended hours, finishing the holiday with an electrifying and patriotic firework show. Fourth of July festivities are included with park admission. For more information, click here.

 

Tampa Red, White & Blue Festival

Wednesday, July 4 – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park

Stop by this popular event for a day of jazz, country and blues music, as well as American-made arts and crafts, family-friendly competitions, giveaways, live magic and more. Fill up on barbecue from New Orleans and Southern fried dishes. Entry is free. For more information, click here.

 

Fireworks Cruise on the Bay

Wednesday, July 4, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Wharf at Florida Aquarium

Hop aboard the Bay Spirit II after a fun day spent at the Aquarium and experience downtown Tampa’s fireworks display from a 72-foot catamaran. Nibble on light appetizers, listen to music and indulge at the cash bar, if you choose. Cruise ticket includes Aquarium admission. Tickets are $49.95 Aquarium members and $59.95 non-members. Boarding starts at 7:45 p.m. For more information, click here.

 

Downtown Tampa Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

Wednesday, July 4 – 9 p.m.

Tampa Riverwalk

Catch a mesmerizing firework display presented by Water Street Tampa in the harbor in front of the Tampa Convention Center. Fireworks should also be viewable at restaurants, bars and hotels in the vicinity along the Riverwalk with a direct view of the harbor. For more information, click here.

 

Temple Terrace 4th of July Parade and Independence Day Celebration

4th of July Parade

Wednesday, July 4 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Family Recreation Complex

Catch this Temple Terrace tradition as the parade sets off for its journey through the community beginning at 10 a.m. at Whiteway and Gillette. For more information, click here.

 

44th Annual Temple Terrace Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday, July 4 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club

Get ready to watch the sky light up but first join in for 4th of July fun and festivities along the first fairway of the Golf & Country Club. Fireworks will follow at 9:15 p.m. For more information, click here.

 

PASCO

Brooksville

 4th of July Bandshell Bash

Wednesday July 4 – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hernando Park

Enjoy some old-fashioned fun as you celebrate at the historic iconic bandshell of Hernando Park in Brooksville. Admission is free and offers up games, music, storytelling, live theater performances, food, vendors, and a petting zoo. Veterans also will receive a special acknowledgement between 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Hernando Symphony Orchestra wraps up the evening with a Celebrate America concert. For more information, click here.

 

Dade City

Sparklebration 2018

Wednesday, July 4 –4 p.m. to 10 p.m.y Fairgrounds

Spend the afternoon and evening enjoying live entertainment and a variety of activities including eating contests, kids’ bounce houses and jumpers, pony rides and petting zoo, a karaoke contest, games and more. End the evening with a huge fireworks display (weather permitting) scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m. Admission is $6, and parking is $5. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information, click here.

 

Wesley Chapel

July 4th Celebration at Avalon Park West

Wednesday, July 4 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Avalon Park West Amenity Center

Celebrate Independence Day surrounded by friends and family at this event for all ages. Kids can enjoy bounce houses and water slides, and all can partake in delicious dishes from food trucks and other vendors. Take part or cheer on the bike parade and local entertainers take the stage. Evening closes out with a spectacular fireworks display. For more information, click here.

 

By Chris Kuhn

Photos provided courtesy of the city or location and or organization noted next to photo of their firework displays

Check out this fireworks display at the Spectrum Stadium