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Photos: July 4 celebrations end with bang

Published:   |   Updated: July 5, 2014 at 08:59 AM

This country has always celebrated its birthday with a spectacle.

From flag-waving parades in Lutz and Brandon to barbecue feasts in St. Petersburg and a kids’ fishing derby in Gulfport, residents wore their pride Friday on their red-white-and-blue sleeves.

As always, the day ended with a bang. Fireworks displays from Plant City to the Gulf beaches drew large crowds; one of the largest was at Channelside Bay Plaza in Tampa.

Here are some photos from the day's celebrations.

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