TBM’s guide to patriotic parties all across the bay
This Monday, fireworks, barbeques, and sticky, sugary, blue and red covered kids will be popping up across the country. This circus of patriotism and community gathering marks the next celebration of our country’s independence. If you’re still looking for a way to celebrate, look no further! TBM has gathered some of the best star-spangled events across the bay into one list. So pull up a patio chair, light up the sparklers, and sit back to read our guide on the top 5 things to do in Tampa this 4th of July.
1.Mayor Jane Castor’s Boom By the Bay, Tampa:
Head on down to Tampa’s Riverwalk for a July 4th celebration like no other. Start at Armature Works for a Hot-Dog eating contest from 4:00 p.m- 4:30 p.m, followed by live music from 5 p.m- 9 p.m. At 9:15, the party lights up on the other end of the river at Sparkman Wharf. Re-named “Star-Spangled Sparkman” for the occasion, the Tampa staple for fun will be full of live music, games, and of course their signature restaurants with dishes to die for. Along the river, catch the annual Patriotic Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet, along with a spectacular water ski show. Look here for a more comprehensive list of information.
Check out “Hometown USA” at TD Ballpark in Dunedin for a whole festival of fun. Listen to a live performance by “Bay Kings Band” from 7-9 p.m or catch a screening of “Angels in the Outfield” from 7:15-9:15 p.m. And of course, wrap up all this fun with a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. This is a FREE event with concessions and activities for everyone in the family. Find out more here.
3.Clearwater Celebrates America, Clearwater:
Celebrate independence with the city of Clearwater this year! Baycare Ballpark hosts Clearwater’s annual 4th of July celebration with a concert from the “Black Honkeys”, classic American barbeque fare, a “giant fireworks show” and “fun activities for children of all ages.” The event offers ticket options for reserved seating at the ballpark or standing and sitting room on the field. Parking will also be available for $5. Click here, or visit myclearwaterevents.com for more information.
4.Red White and Bee You Party: Fourth of July Celebration, Palm Harbor:Join Little Explorers of Palm Harbor for a “Red, White and BEE-YOU!” party! Join one of their three party times for crafts, open play, balloon fun and more at this unique and vibrant indoor playground. Visit their facebook for more information.
5.The Lost Pearl July 4th Fireworks CruiseCelebrate America’s Birthday, pirate style! Head aboard The Lost Pearl Pirate Ship for a 90-minute cruise with the best views of Tampa’s firework shows. Kids will be wowed with the pirate themed atmosphere and activities while parents indulge in the cash bar and snacks. Book your voyage here.