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Happy Birthday, USA: List of Fourth of July fireworks shows

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:05 PM

Celebrate the Fourth of July at one of these many festivals or fireworks displays in the Tampa area:

Clearwater Celebrates America: Blast off your Fourth of July celebration with the City of Clearwater at Coachman Park; featuring a concert with the Mostly Pops Orchestra and The Wilsons; 4 p.m. Wednesday; free; Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater; (727) 562-4700

Channelside Fireworks: Enjoy the great American holiday with live music, entertainment, dining, nightlife and firework display (9 p.m.); viewing of the fireworks from the wharf area will be limited to the first 3,000 people; wristbands will be given out for access at the Garrison Street Gate (7 p.m.); 1 p.m. Wednesday; free; Channelside, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa

Fireworks Celebration Cruise: Get the best seats in town on our 4th of July during an all-inclusive cruise including a buffet with traditional American favorites, open bar, entertainment, and a fireworks show over the Memorial Causeway (weather permitting); 7 p.m. Wednesday; $89.95; Yacht StarShip, 25 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach; Yacht Starship, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 223-7999

Brandon Blast: Westfield Brandon is celebrating Independence Day with live bands, family entertainment and dining; 5 p.m. Wednesday; Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center Drive, Brandon; (813) 661-5100

Sparklebration: Join in on the celebration with the Pasco County Fair Association as they feature all-American food, bounce houses, pony rides, critter encounter, skydivers, vendors, and contests such as hotdog eating and seed spitting; concerts include Ashley Shannon (7:30 p.m.) and The Dennis Lee Show (8:05 p.m.); firework extravaganza by Zambelli Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.; 4 p.m. Wednesday; Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 S.R. 52, Dade City; www.pascocountyfair.com/sparklebration

Family Night on the Fourth: Enjoy an outdoor celebration of independence, featuring food trucks, a classic car show hosted by the Good News Cruisers, the FAITH Riders Motorcycle Club, and a patriotic tribute by select soloists and our Worship Orchestra; there also will be a firework presentation; 5 p.m. Wednesday; free; Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., Lutz; (813) 264-1515

Fireworks over the Water: Kai Lani Catamaran will be providing views of fireworks aboard its entertainment deck, anchored just south of Coachman Park, and the Memorial Causeway Bridge; 7 p.m. Wednesday; $95 adults over 21, $65 under 21, $50 children age 6 to 12 and free for children age 5 and younger; Clearwater Beach, 100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater; Kai Lani Catamaran, 25 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater (727) 735-7553

Freedom Festival: The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel celebrates the Fourth of July with a bicycle parade, watermelon and hot dog eating contests, band competition, Mr. & Miss Firecracker Pageant, and grand finale show (9 p.m.); 4 p.m. Tuesday; free; The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel; (813) 994-2242

Tropical Fourth of July: Enjoy the natural wonders of the botanical gardens, live reggae music from Impulse, kids' activities, and fireworks; 6 p.m. Wednesday; $17 to $20; Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota; (941) 366-5731

Plant City fireworks: Rockets red glare return to Plant City with a celebration that includes entertainment by NRG and the Plant City Community Choir; 6 p.m. Wednesday (fireworks at 9 p.m.); Plant City Stadium, 1900 S. Park Road, Plant City

Let Freedom Ring: Guest carillonneur Lee Cobb will perform concerts (1 and 3 p.m.); The Singing Tower will ring 13 times (2 p.m.), joining other carillons, courthouses, city halls and church bells across America, including the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence; free for all branches of the military, active, retired and disabled veterans; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales; (863) 676-1408

Free Fourth: Tampa History Museum is offering free admission; the day features costumed re-enactors throughout exhibit galleries representing eras of American military history; interpreters will share hands-on displays of artifacts, uniforms, crafts and music; firework display is visible from center's waterfront terrace (9 p.m.); 10 a.m. Wednesday; free; Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa; (813) 228-0097

Fourth at the Aquarium: Visit the Florida Aquarium during extended hours and watch the fireworks over the channel; there will be family-friendly entertainment, all-American picnic-themed dinner options and patriotic goodies available for purchase; Ecotour Boat cruises will depart offering views of fireworks display (9 p.m.); 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday; $21.95 adults, $18.95 seniors, $16.95 children; special $15 admission after 5 p.m.; cruise admission is $55 to $65; The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 273-4000

Freedom Fest: Celebrate the Fourth of July with pony rides, crafters, games and two concerts featuring Aaron Tippon and Michael Ray; fireworks will follow the concert; 12 p.m. Wednesday; Eagle Ridge Mall, 451 Eagle Ridge Drive, Lake Wales; (863) 676-2300

Independence Day: Families can enjoy $4 admission and participate in quilt making and cooking activities; 10 a.m. Wednesday; Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza; (813) 443-3861

Fourth Festivities: Enjoy a traditional Fourth of July Parade and nighttime fireworks; parade starts at 10 a.m.; route begins at Whiteway Drive and Gillette Avenue, travels south on Gillette to Druid Hills Road, then turns west to Ridgedale Avenue where it will turn south and disbands in the parking lot of Temple Terrace Elementary School; festivities begin at 7 p.m. on the Temple Terrace Golf Course, 200 Inverness Ave. and includes live music, food and fun activities; fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.; (813) 989-7004.

Independence Day: A day filled with all-American food, arts & crafts, the annual Miss Firecracker contest, live music and fireworks (8:45 p.m.); live performances include Draw the Line, Eric Anderson and his band Jam Sandwich and Circle Sky; 2 p.m. Saturday; Sims Park, Bank Street and Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey; (727) 842-8066

Fourth on the Pier: Family oriented events including face and body painting, live entertainment featuring Bus Stop, Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band and soulRcoaster and fireworks (9 p.m.); 10 a.m. Wednesday; The Pier, 800 Second Ave N. E., St. Petersburg; www.stpetepier.com

Fourth of July: Watch the firework display (9:15 p.m.) while enjoying food, entertainment and activities; 6 p.m. Wednesday; $5 parking; Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo; (727) 587-6775; www. largoevents.com

Lutz Fourth: Celebrate independence with 5K race (8 a.m.), parade (10 a.m.), flag ceremony, barbecue, cake baking contest, and arts & crafts; 10 a.m. Wednesday; Lutz Train Depot, US 41 and Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz

Kenneth City Parade: One-mile parade celebrating our nation's birthday; starts at 62nd Street North and 54th Avenue North and proceeds eastbound on 54th until 58th Street, then heads southbound on 58th Street ending at Kenneth City Community Hall; 11 a.m. Wednesday; www.celebratepinellaspark.com

Fourth of July Wine: Celebrate with a wine selection featuring red, white, and blue summer wines; smoothies and barbecue hors d'oeuvres will be available; free; 1:30 p.m. Saturday; Florida Orange Groves Winery, 1500 Pasadena Ave. South, St. Petersburg; www.floridawine.com

Fourth at Gulfport: Celebrate with activities such as Marina's Fishing Derby (8 a.m.), car show (10 a.m.), sand sculpture contest, (10 a.m.), kidzone (noon), live entertainment (5 p.m.), food, arts and crafts (4 p.m.), parade on Beach Boulevard (6 p.m.) and fireworks (9 p.m.); 8 a.m. Wednesday; Beach Boulevard, Gulfport; (727) 893-1118

Red, Brick & Boom: Inaugural event featuring nightly fireworks; wear special 3D glasses that dazzle the fireworks into exploding bricks; 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; $65 -$75; Legoland, One Legoland Way, Winter Haven; www.legoland.com

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