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Fourth of July Events in the Tampa Bay Area 2008

Fireworks & Festivities Planned for Fourth of July in Pinellas County

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Here are some more festivities celebrating Independence Day around the Tampa Bay area.

Pinellas County

Belleair Bluffs will host an Independence Day picnic on Friday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Community Center building and park at City Hall, 2747 Sunset Blvd. The event will feature a dessert contest, hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by the Belleiar Bluffs firefighters, an inflatable bounce house with slide, music and karaoke, a dunk tank and a Pinellas County Sheriff’s K-9 unit presentation. Call 584-2151.

The 18th annual Clearwater Celebrates America event will begin with a jazz concert on Thursday, July 3, at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. Musicians will include BK Jackson, Paul Brown and Eric Darius. On Friday, July 4, the Mostly Pops Orchestra with John and Mary K. Wilson will perform at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks following at 9:30 p.m. Concessionaires will sell food on both days and there will be a craft show, sponsor booths and activities for children. Gates open at 4 p.m. on Thursday and 2 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free. Call 727-562-4700.

Entertainment by the 60s Groove and the Shaguars will be featured on Friday, July 4, 6 p.m., at Knology Park, 311 Douglass Ave., Dunedin. Food and drink vendors will be on hand. Fireworks will commence at 9:30 p.m. Call 727-812-4531.

Gulfport will kick off a full day’s worth of events on July 4 with a kids’ fishing derby from 8 to 11 a.m. at the recreation center seawall. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Other events will include a sandcastle contest, 10 a.m. to noon; a children’s patriotic parade in the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, noon to 2 p.m.; a car, truck and motorcycle show along Beach Boulevard S. from 30th Avenue S. to Shore Boulevard S. with awards presented at 3 p.m.; Bobby and the Rockets on the Gulfport Casino outdoor events stage, 4 p.m.; and a community parade from Clymer Park down Beach Blvd. to the Gulfport Casino and then west along Shore Boulevard S. The festivities will conclude with a fireworks display, sponsored by Stetson College of Law and Boca Ciega Yacht Club, at 9 p.m. Call 727-893-1067.

Kenneth City and the Lealman Fire District will co-sponsor the annual July 4 parade with participants stepping off from 54th Avenue and 62nd Street at 9 a.m. and heading toward Community Hall, 4600 58th St. N. The event will feature bounce houses, games and refreshments.

The Largo Fourth of July Celebration, from 7 to 10 p.m., will take place at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The festivities will include music, a blood drive hosted by Florida Blood Services and voter registration. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

Syd Rice, owner of Gator’s Cafe, will sponsor a fireworks display for Madeira Beach and Treasure Island on Friday, July 4, 9 p.m. The fireworks will be shot from a barge, donated by Johnson Brothers, in the Gulf west of John’s Pass, which separates Madeira Beach and Treasure Island. On the north side of the pass is John’s Pass Village, while Gators dominates the Treasure Island side. Both locations will provide prime vantage points to view the fireworks show.

North Redington Beach will host a parade on Friday, July 4, 9 a.m., beginning at Addie Graham Park on 173rd Avenue. The parade will continue through the town and end at Radcliffe Park. Call 391-4848.

Ozona will host its inaugural July Fourth Golf Cart Parade on Friday, July 4, 11 a.m., beginning on the east side of Orange Street near the intersection with Tampa Road. Carts will be decorated in red, white and blue, with flags, lights and banners. Youngsters will help lead the parade on bicycles. A fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the cove off the southern end of Shore Drive and should be visible all over Ozona. Call 727-385-5951.

The Redington Beach Property Owners Association will host its annual beach party on Friday, July 4, 4 p.m., west of the town’s Beach Park at Gulf Boulevard and 160th Avenue. Open to Redington Beach residents and their guests, the party will include hot dogs, chips, dessert and drinks along with music, children’s games, volleyball, horseshoes and prizes. Call 742-2955.

The Safety Harbor July 4 Celebration will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. at Safety Harbor Marina Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Entertainment will include music from Rebekah Pulley, John Q and patriotic music from 8:15 to 9 p.m. The national anthem will be sung by Katie Pounds at 9 p.m. with fireworks immediately following. There also will be a “Parent Guide Magazine” family zone with moon walks, inflatable activities, crafts and miniature golf. Admission is free.

The July Fourth Extravaganza in St. Petersburg will feature live entertainment at the Pier and family activities at North Straub Park, kicking off at 2 p.m. Performances will include Rhythm Method, Drum Circle Facilitation by Giving Tree Music, the Dance Heads and the Suncoast Band. Family activities will include food vendors, face and body painting and performance artists. Fireworks will highlight the festivities with a 21-minute display scheduled to start at 9 p.m., weather permitting. Other vantage points from which to view the fireworks include Vinoy Park, North Shore Park and Albert Whitted Park. Call 821-6443 or 893-7441.

A traditional 4th of July picnic is scheduled in Craig Park at Spring Bayou, Tarpon Springs, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 4th. This event will include food and family friendly activities and is sponsored by Global Towers Inc. bd’s Mongolian Grill and the city of Tarpon Springs will sponsor a Fourth of July fireworks display at sunset. The best viewing area will be Fred Howard Park located at 1700 Sunset Drive. The park, beach and causeway will be open for parking to view this event. Parking is limited so people are advised to come early.

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