A Guide to 4th of July Celebrations in Tampa Bay!

Belleair Bluffs

Independence Day Celebration
Date: Friday July 4, 2014 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Belleair Bluffs Community Center & Park, 918 Osceola Rd., Belleair, FL 33756 [Map]
Details: Free Food! Activities include: Bouncy house, “Dunk the Commissioners,” Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Vehicles & K-9 – Largo Fire Department. The Belleair Bluffs Independence Day Picnic and Parade is being co-sponsored by the Bluffs Business Association. This patriotic celebration will include entertainment, food, drink and plenty of activities for children and adults. Celebrate our nation’s birthday!


Brandon Blast Celebration


Date: Friday, July 4 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center Mall, Brandon, Florida 33511 [Map]
Cost: Free (face painting and balloon artists are $3.00 donation to local school)
Details:  Join us as we celebrate Independence Day Friday, July 4th from 6-9pm. Enjoy live music, great food, family fun (Face painting, Balloon Artists, Magic Shows), & fireworks, plus a chance to win a Westfield Shopping Spree! Sponsored by WQYK 99.5.
5:00pm-7:30pm: Kim Betts and Gamble Creek Band performing live 
6:30pm: Meet & Greet with Drake Austin– first 200 guests receive a free autographed new EP Back To Cool CD
8:00pm-9:00pm: Drake Austin performing live
9:00pm: Dynamic Fireworks Display


Marauder’s Baseball and Fireworks Show

Date: July 3, 2014 starting at 5:30
LocationMcKechnie Field, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205 [Map]
Cost: Tickets $6 – $8.
Details: As All-American as it gets–baseball, music and fireworks! Enjoy the Marauder’s Baseball game along with live music by Nuthin’ Fancy and Fireworks after the game at McKechnie Field.  The Marauders take on the Ft. Myers Miracle with game time at 6:30 p.m. and a post-game concert and fireworks show. 

Fireworks Extravaganza – BeachHouse Restaurant

Date: Thursday, July 03, 2014 from 08:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217  [Map]
Details: The 21st Annual “BeachHouse Fireworks Spectacular” fireworks that will light up the night sky on the north end of Anna Maria Island. The BeachHouse celebrates our country’s freedom like no other so make sure you get there early for a seat on their deck or just pull up a blanket or chair on the beach. You can even watch from your boat!

Anna Maria Island Privateers Annual 4th of July Parade
Date: July 4, 2014 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Anna Maria Island, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach [Map]
Details: The Anna Maria Island Privateers hold their annual 4th of July Parade starting at 10 a.m. at Coquina Beach and it travels the entire length of Anna Maria Island to Bay Front Park. There’s an after Parade gathering at the Cafe on the Beach from noon – 4 p.m. with live music, food and drinks at Holmes Beach.

Fireworks Spectacular – Sandbar Restaurant

Date: July 04, 2014 from 08:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: The Sandbar Restaurant, Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216 [Map]
Details: The 28th Annual “Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular” fireworks will light up the night sky on the north end of Anna Maria Island. The Sanbar Restaurant celebrates our country’s freedom! Get there early for a seat on their deck or just pull up a blanket or chair on the beach. You can even watch from your boat!



Bright House Networks Clearwater Celebrates America
Date: July 4 starting at 4:00 pm
Location:  Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater, FL 33756 [Map]
Cost: Free
Details: Blast off your Fourth of July celebration with the City of Clearwater. Bright House Networks Clearwater Celebrates America at Coachman Park with a free family celebration, along with a concert featuring the Mostly Pops Orchestra and the Wilsons. The night will be topped off with the largest fireworks display in the Tampa Bay area. Food and Beverage Vendors and Exhibitors will be on hand to cover all of your Fourth of July needs. Gates open at 4 p.m. and music will begin at 7:30 p.m. Children’s activities featuring Radio Disney will run 5-9 p.m. and will include games, face painting, a mascot parade, and more! The night will end with Clearwater Gas ‘Spark the Sky’ fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m.


Date: Fri, July 4 at 4:15
Location: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave, Dunedin, FL 34698 [Map]
Cost: Free
Details: City of Dunedin and Dunedin Blue Jays presents a 4th of July “Hometown USA” celebration. Watch the Dunedin Blue Jays take on the Clearwater Threshers at 4:15pm. Tickets are free and must be obtained at the Blue Jays Box Office. After the game, enjoy a live concert featuring “The Greg Billings Band” and then end the night with a spectacular display of fireworks beginning at 9:30pm. Free admission. For more information, call (727) 733-9302 or (727) 812-4530.



Date: July 4 starting at 8 am
Location: 3129 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707 [Map]
Details: The City of Gulfport invites everyone to celebrate this 4th of July centennial celebration with an extraordinary line-up of fun and exciting activities in the City’s downtown waterfront district on from 8 a. – 9:30 pm! Kids Fishing Derby at 8 am, Sand Castle Contest on the Beach at 10 am, Food Vendors at 4 pm, live music at 5 pm, a parade on Beach Blvd at 6 pm, and the best fireworks at 9 pm. For more information, contact 727-893-1118.



Largo Central Park

Presented by: HCA Logo

Date: July 4, 2014 from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Dr, Largo, FL 33771 [Map]
Cost: Free
Details: Enjoy a DJ, activities and food starting at 6 pm!
6:00 pm DJ Entertainment by Phil Pasek with Fast Breaks Entertainment
8 pm 2014 Largo Teen Idol Winner Francesca Giorgianni performs
9 pm Welcome and sponsor thank you
9:15 pm Firework show

Palm Harbor

Innisbrook July 4th Weekend
Date: July 3-6
Location: 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Cost: BBQ Buffet-$32 per person | Kids ages 4–12 half off Inclusive of tax and gratuity | Call for resort rates
Details: 4th of July Family Carnival and BBQ Buffet Have fun at the Carnival and then dine at the Family BBQ. Edinburgh Lawn 6:30pm–8:30pm Check out our Uncle Sam’s “Samsational” Carnival!  This patriotic party is rockin’ with a DJ and great attractions for the whole family including an inflatable slide, bounce house, patriotic crafts and lawn games. Complimentary for BBQ attendees, Resort Guests and Members. Other events, including a 4th of July fireworks show, throughout the weekend. Reservations recommend by calling 727.942.5544

Pasco County


Date: July 4, 2014 from 3:30 pm-9:15 pm
Location: Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City, Fl 33525 [Map]
Cost: Admission: $5 (12 and under free), Parking: $5, Festival seating-Chairs & blankets welcome
Details: With bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, and lots of contests-hot dog eating, watermelon eating, watermelon seed spitting, and a babies red, white, and blue contest-what’s not to love when celebrating the 4th of July? There will be skydivers, face painting, and lots of food, too. The evening finishes with a fireworks celebration!


Plant City

July 4th Celebration

Date: Friday, July 4, 2014 5:45 pm- 9:30 pm (rain date:  Saturday July 5, 2014)
Location: Plant City Stadium – 1810 East Park Road, Plant City 33563  [Map]
Cost: Free admission, $5 per car parking
Details: Community, family-friendly, alcohol-free event! Fun filled youth activities on the grass of Plant City Stadium (pending weather restrictions): Face Painting, Corn Hole, Balloon art, Inflatables, Rock Wall, Bungee Jumper, Concession stand open, Food vendors on site, Stage entertainment throughout the afternoon – scheduled to appear: Double Barrel Band, Spectacular fireworks show by Zambelli Fireworks to close the evening


Safety Harbor

Date: Friday , July 4, 10am–12pm
Location: Gazebo, John Wilson Park, 401 Main Street,  Safety Harbor, FL 34695 [Map]
Cost: Free

Details: The American Legion Auxiliary will host a patriotic parade down Main Street on the morning of July 4. Wear your red, white, and blue and be ready for a good time. To enter a float in the parade, call 727-726-9601. July 4th Patriotic Ceremony Immediately following the Parade.Join us at John Wilson Park!  Sponsored by the American Legion Family – Post #238 and the Santa Claus Drill Team with several Patriotic Presentations.  City Officials, Legion Officials and other dignitaries plan to participate.  Live patriotic music, free photos and wristbands for the children. Please join this Patriotic salute to our Country. (Street Closings: Bayshore to 9th Ave, 8am-1pm)

Date: Friday, July 4, 5–10:30pm
Location: Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Ln., Safety Harbor, FL 34695 [Map]
Cost: Free
Details: 4th of July Celebration Bring the whole family out for a July 4th Celebration Safety Harbor Style presented by Blake Real Estate! There will be children’s activities, live entertainment, food vendors, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Get a good seat in the Marina or the waterfront park because the est fireworks display in Tampa Bay goes off at exactly 9:00pm.


St. Petersburg

DateJuly 4, 9:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Viewable from the waterfront parks downtown, St. Petersburg FL [map]
Details: July 4 – FIREWORKS! Sponsored by HCA West Florida Pinellas County Hospitals. The city of St. Petersburg will celebrate the July 4th holiday with its annual fireworks display on Firday, July 4. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m., weather permitting. They can start as early as 8:30 p.m. or as late as 10:00 p.m. due to impending weather conditions. The fireworks display will be visible all along the waterfront with prime viewing from Vinoy, North and South Straub Parks. Officials remind the public that there is no alcohol allowed or personal fireworks are permitted. If you plan to park, arrive early and park in legal parking lots and garages. Accessible parking for the disabled is offered along Beach Drive and in the North Shore parking lots and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Bicycle racks are located throughout the downtown area. For more information call 727-893-7441 or for waterfront park information see www.stpeteparksrec.org.


Date: July 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st Street SE St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701 [Map]
Cost: There is a 2-for-1 ticket offer by calling (877) ROWDIES and purchasing over the phone or using the promo code “BOGO” online. The 2-for-1 offer is valid for all seating sections, including Midfield Reserved.

Details: Although the North American Soccer League will officially be in its midseason break on July 4, the Tampa Bay Rowdies will “Light Up the Bay” with a friendly match against their major rival, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Following the game, fans are invited to gather on the field for a spectacular view of the City of St. Petersburg’s fireworks display.

Great Explorations Independence Day 
Date: Friday, July 4, 2014 10:00 am
Location: Great Explorations Children’s Museum1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704 [Map]
Cost: Included in price of admission
Details: Children can celebrate Independence Day with patriotic games, crafts and activities. Included with admission. For more information, call(727) 821-8992


Fireworks Show
Date: July 4, Aquarium opens at 9:30 am, fireworks start at 9 pm
Location:  The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602 [Map]
Details: See dazzling displays in the sky and sea this July 4th at The Florida Aquarium! There will be fun, family-friendly entertainment and all- American themed dinner options. We invite you to bring the entire family to soak up the fun at Explore A Shore and have a blast! Fireworks will take place at 9pm and we will extend our hours to 9:30pm. July 4th festivities are included with Florida Aquarium general admission ticket.


Date: July 4 at starting at 5 pm
Location: Channelside Bay Plaza, 603 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602 [Map]
Details: This is a free, family-friendly event with the goal of drawing a mass audience to the Channel District for the fireworks display.  The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the Garrison Channel, adjacent to Channelside Bay Plaza and The Florida Aquarium and can be seen throughout the City!  Over the past ten years this event has been able to create awareness of Tampa’s wonderful waterfront and attractions by bringing an estimated 30,000 in attendance. This event has become the largest fireworks display in the area!


Date: July 4-6  9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604 [Map]
Details: In honor of Independence Day, military personnel (active-duty, retirees and veterans) and up to three direct dependents are invited to visit the Zoo for free on July 4-6, 2014.  The military member will need to show a Department of Defense photo ID at the Zoo’s ticket counter. Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their service member, though an adult with a valid military I.D. must accompany minors. Not valid with any other discounts or offers. No rain checks.


Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs 4th of July Fireworks Display
Date: Friday, July 4, 2014 Picnic starts at 10 am, fireworks display is at 8:30 pm
Location: Fred Howard Park 1700 Sunset Dr., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 [Map]
Details: A Patriotic Picnic in the Park will be at Craig Park from 10 am-2 pm. The fireworks will be launched from Sunset Beach, but the City of Tarpon Springs says the best viewing spot is Howard Park. They’re set to go off at “dusk,” which is estimated to be 8:30 p.m. For more details call (727) 938-3711.


Temple Terrace

Temple Terrace’s Independence Day Parade
Date: July 4, 2014 parade will be from 10 a.m. to noon., Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
Location: (fireworks) Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club, 200 Inverness Ave, Temple Terrace, FL 33617 [Map]
Details: The parade will start at the corner of Whiteway Drive and Gillette Avenue. The parade will head south on Gillette, west on Druid Hills, then south on Ridgedale Road to the Ridgedale Sports Complex near Temple Terrace Elementary School. Evening festivities will start at 7 p.m. on the first fairway of the Temple Terrace Golf Course, between Belle Terre and Woodmont avenues. There will be a variety of food vendors, live music by the Cypress Creek Dixieland Band, face painting and a performance by Masque Community Theatre. Fireworks will light up the sky at 9:15 p.m. and can be viewed from the first fairway of the golf course.

Treasure Island/Madeira Beach

4th of July Event Madeira Beach at Archibald Beach/Park
Date: July 4 at 9 pm
Location: Treasure Island, Gulf Blvd & 107th Ave, Treasure Island, FL 33706 [Map]
Details: The newly renovated Archibald Beach/Park will have free Fireworks on the beach with live music, food and drinks, and more.

Wesley Chapel

Freedom Festival at The Shops at Wiregrass

Date: Thursday, July 3 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 [Map]
Details: Join us for the 3rd Annual Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Freedom Festival and Fireworks Show and celebrate your love for the community and our country. Activities include Bicycle Decorating Contest, Little Miss and Mr Firecracker Pageant, Watermelon Eating Contest and more. Click the links below for contest details: Little Miss & Mr Firecracker PageantBicycle Decorating Contest Flyer and Bicycle Decorating Contest Registration FormWatermelon Eating Contest

Fourth of July Celebration in Avalon Park West 
Date: Saturday, July 5 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Avalon Park West5227 Autumn Ridge Dr, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545 [Map]
Details: FREE Festival open to the general public. Bounce houses, a bike parade, hot dog eating contest, apple pie bake-off, food trucks, tons of vendors and giveaways, community performances, and of course, fireworks!

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  1. We will be at Gulfport all day. Its almost within walking distance so it makes more sense for us this year. We have been out to Largo Central which has an awesome day of events and family friendly activities. We have also been out to the Brandon Mall but we went the year it was rained out and ended up going back the following evening. St Pete Beach does a great firework show too. We have met up with family and friends out there and you can see the other shows from Madeira Beach and Treasure Island easily.

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