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It's sparkle time! Where to catch the July 4 fireworks

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 02:43 PM

Red, White & Kaboom, Lakeland: includes carnival-style family games, bounce houses, live music, sidewalk sales and fireworks; 6 to 9:15 p.m. today; free; Lake Mirror Promenade, 121 S. Lake Ave., Lakeland; (863) 834-6000 and www.downtownlakelandfl.com

Fireworks at Busch Gardens, Tampa: visible across the park, with the best view in Gwazi Park; 9:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday; $71.99 to $84.99; (888) 800-5447 and www.buschgardens.com

Rockin' Red Glare, Treasure Island: includes live music, a 4-foot-tall water slide, a film and fireworks; 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 3, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Sunday, 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Monday; free; 104th Avenue & Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island; (727) 547-4575and www.mytreasureisland.org

Fourth of July Celebration, Gulfport: activities throughout Gulfport, including a fishing derby, kids activities, a sand-sculpture contest, live music, an auto show, a parade and fireworks; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday; free; Shore Boulevard South, from Beach Boulevard South to 54th Street South, Gulfport; (727) 893-1118 and www.mygulfport.us

July Fourth Celebration, Tampa: extended hours and a view of fireworks in Channelside; 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday; $15.25 to $21.95, $10 after 3 p.m.; The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 273-4000 and www.flaquarium.org

Fourth of July Parade, Safety Harbor: a patriotic parade presented by American Legion Post 238; 10 a.m. to noon Monday; free; Main Street, between Second Avenue North and Ninth Avenue South, Safety Harbor; (727) 724-1572 and www.cityofsafetyharbor.com

The Great American Holiday, Tampa: includes live music and a fireworks show; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday; free; Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 223-4250 and www.funintampabay.com

Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks Celebration, Temple Terrace: includes a parade through Temple Terrace, followed by live music, refreshments and fireworks at the country club; parade 10 a.m. Monday, festivities 7 p.m.; free; parade begins at Gillette Avenue and White Way Drive; festivities at Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club, 200 Inverness Ave., Temple Terrace; (813) 989-7004 and www.templeterracechamber.com

Fourth of July Extravaganza 2011, St. Petersburg: includes live music, dance performances, face painting, caricature artists and fireworks; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday; free; St. Pete Pier, 800 Second Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg; (727) 821-6443 and www.stpete-pier.com

Independence Day Carillon Concerts, Lake Wales: two half-hour shows of patriotic favorites such as "America, the Beautiful," "Yankee Doodle," "I Dream of Jeannie" and "The Star-Spangled Banner"; 1 and 3 p.m. Monday; $3 to $16, free for military; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; (863) 676-1408 and www.boktowergardens.org

Centennial Rockin' Freedom Fest, Winter Haven: a joint celebration of Winter Haven's 100th anniversary and Independence Day, featuring live music, a picnic, family-friendly activities and fireworks; 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday; free; South Lake Silver Drive and First Street, Winter Haven; (863) 291-5656 and www.winterhavenchamber.com

Clearwater Celebrates America: includes exhibitors, children's activities, a performance by Mostly Pops Orchestra and fireworks; 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday; free;Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater; (727) 562-4700 and www.clearwater-fl.com

Sparklebration 2011, Dade City: includes live music, eating contests, face painting, bounce houses, carnival games, a skydiving performance, pony rides, a comedic hypnotist and fireworks; 4 p.m. Monday; $5, free for kids age 12 and younger; Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 S.R. 52, Dade City; (352) 567-6678 and www.sparklebration.net

Brandon Blast: includes live music, bounce houses, water slides, refreshments and fireworks; 5 to 9 p.m. Monday; free; Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon; (813) 689-6889 and www.brandonfoundation.com

Fourth of July Celebration, Largo: includes a DJ, family-friendly activities, refreshments and fireworks; 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday; free; Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo; (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014 and www.largo.com

Fourth of July Family Funfest, Tampa: includes refreshments and a view of fireworks in Channelside, along with arts and crafts, face painting and contests for kids; 6 to 10 p.m. Monday; $12, $7 for ages 12 and younger; American Victory Ship, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 228-8766 and www.americanvictory.org

Mackenzie Mount

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