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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Fourth of July celebrations on tap in Pinellas County


Fireworks displays and Independence Day celebrations in Pinellas County:


. Clearwater Celebrates America: A patriotic concert, children's games, vendors and fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.; event starts at 4 p.m.; free; Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.


. Gulfport Centennial Celebration: Fishing derby goes from 8 to 11 a.m., sand-sculpting contest from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., classic car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., arts and crafts fair from 2 to 6 p.m., band from 5 to 9 p.m., parade at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. Beach Boulevard, (727) 893-1118

Largo. Largo Fourth of July: Food and beverages available for purchase from vendors and entertainment and activities for all ages; on-site parking available for $5/vehicle or visitors may park and walk from either Largo Middle School or Largo High School; free; 6 p.m. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, (727) 586-7415

Madeira Beach

. Mad Beach Fourth of July Festival: A hula-hoop contest, food and beverages, live music for most of the day, and a kid's area featuring Aqua Bubbles are all part of the festivities; party is free, but there will be a $10 parking fee (for the day) with a free shuttle; 8 a.m., Archibald Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd.

Safety Harbor

. A Safety Harbor Fourth: The annual Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. with cars, bands and floats marching down Main Street; afternoon festivities include food vendors, live entertainment and a family play area at the Safety Harbor City Marina; free; the event starts at 10 a.m., the parade at 5 p.m. Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. (727) 723-2822 or (727) 724-1572

St. Petersburg

. Cowhead's Brew Ha-Ha Fourth: Comedian Ralphie May is the headliner for a July Fourth celebration at The Mahaffey Theater. Things get started with a 5 p.m. pre-party and barbecue followed by a 7:30 p.m. comedy show, fireworks and an outdoor concert with Pitbull Toddler; 5 p.m. $20 to $47.50; The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S. (727) 892-5798; www.themahaffey.com

. Downtown St. Petersburg Fireworks: The fireworks will go off on Spa Beach, and visitors can view them from the city's waterfront parks and The Pier approach, but not the inverted pyramid building; 9 p.m.; free; Spa Beach at the Pier, 615 Second Ave., N.; (727) 893-7465

. Fireworks at the Museum of Fine Arts: A barbecue buffet, live music and prime seating in the glass conservatory of the Museum of Fine Arts for the fireworks display are all part of the package; 6:30 p.m.; $45 nonmembers, $35 museum members; Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. N.E..; (727) 822-1032 or www.fine-arts.org

Tarpon Springs

. Tarpon Springs Patriotic Picnic in the Park: Fourth of July events include hot dog eating contests, outrigger rides, a watermelon-seed spitting contest, sack races, live music and a water slide; fireworks off Sunset Beach at dusk can be best viewing from Fred Howard Park Beach (Sunset Beach boat ramp will be closed); 10 a.m.; free; Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way; (727) 942-5628

Treasure Island

. Treasure Island's Fourth Of July Celebration: A beer truck, food and crafts vendors, children's activities and live music by Horses Wild, are part of this July 4th event at Sloppy Joes; the event starts at noon, the fireworks start at 9 p.m.; free; Sloppy Joe's, 10650 Gulf Blvd.; (727) 367-1600

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