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Patriotism on parade and more in the Tampa Bay area for July 4th

Holiday parades, like this one in Brandon last year, are planned around the bay area on July 4th, along with music festivals. We think you know what to wear.

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times (2008)

Holiday parades, like this one in Brandon last year, are planned around the bay area on July 4th, along with music festivals. We think you know what to wear.

Parades, land & sea

Temple Terrace Parade

A 2-mile parade through streets of Temple Terrace. Stages at Greco Middle and ends at Temple Terrace Elementary. 10 a.m.-noon Sat. Greco Middle School, 6925 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 989-7004.

Safety Harbor Parade

A parade featuring children on decorated bikes, trikes, baby buggies and more. Route runs from Second Avenue N to Ninth Avenue S. 10 a.m. Sat. Downtown, Main Street, Safety Harbor. Free. (727) 726-9601.

North Redington Beach Parade

A community-themed parade with sheriff's cars, fire engines, convertibles and floats. Prizes for best decorated entry. Begins at Addie Graham Park and ends at Harold Radcliffe Park. 9 a.m. Sat. Addie Graham Park, on 173rd Avenue. Free. (727) 391-4848.

Madeira Beach 4th of July Constitution Boat Parade

Residents decorate their boats and compete for best decorated in Constitution-related, Freedom and Patriotic themes. Lines up at the bridge at 2 p.m. Moves along the shoreline to John's Pass Boardwalk and ends at Gator's. (Best viewings from shore at 3 p.m.) 2 p.m. Fri. Tom Stuart Causeway, which connects U.S. Alt. 19 near Bay Pines with Gulf Boulevard, Madeira Beach. Free. (727) 581-3908.

Mostly music

Rock 'n' Wings

A holiday concert with American Idol finalist Amanda Overmyer; also Greg Billings Band and Drew Street Mary. (See SoundCheck, Page 29). Also, classic cars and aircraft on display. Beach chairs and blankets welcome. No coolers or pets. 4-10 p.m. Sat. Albert Whitted Airport, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $10, $5 ages 6-12; $5 parking, motorcycles free. (727) 560-4980;

Firecracker Funk Fest

Funk the Nation presents this two-room party with 16 DJs. 6 p.m. Sat. Gasoline Alley Cafe, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $5 for 21 and older, $7 for 20 and younger. (727) 532-0265.

Let Freedom Jam!

A holiday music festival featuring Middle Rhythm Session, 3rd Stone and more. 7 p.m. Sat. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 977-6474.

Star-Spangled Spectacular

John and Mary K. Wilson join with the 40-piece Mostly Pops Orchestra conducted by Robert Romansky to present a patriotic performance. 7 p.m. Fri. Dan Cannon Auditorium at Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. $12 advance, $15 at the door, 10 and younger free. (352) 567-6678.

Pre-Independence Day Dance

A red, white and blue dance with live swing music by Charlie Vegas and the New Blues Combo, dance exhibitions and free watermelon. 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fri. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. $11. (813) 274-4950.

Independence Day Carillon Concert

As part of the national "Let Freedom Ring 2009" festivities, the Singing Tower presents two patriotic carillon concerts and will join bells across America in a simultaneous 13-bell toll at 2 p.m. Free admission for active and retired military and disabled veterans. 1 and 3 p.m. Sat. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. $10, $3 ages 5-12; members and younger than 5 free. (863) 676-1408;

Museums & aquariums

(Also see fireworks list under Channelside)

Fourth of July at MOSI

The Museum of Science and Industry celebrates the Fourth with buy one, get one free admission to the museum. Free admission must be of equal or lesser value to paid admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (these days only). MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25.95 adults (13-59), $19.95 child (2-12), and $22.45 seniors (60+). (813) 987-6000;

Fourth of July at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Celebration offers food, live music, children's activities and special Fourth of July-themed dolphin shows. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. $11, $9 seniors, $7.50 ages 3-12. Toll-free 1-888-239-9414 or (727) 441-1790;

Picnics & celebrations

BayWalk Celebration

Stop by the courtyard for live music and entertainment, complimentary frozen lemonades and raffles for BayWalk gift certificates. 4-9 p.m. Sat. 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free.

Independence Day Fair, St. Petersburg

A family fun fair with market-style vendors, carnival games, face painting, scavenger hunts, kids' activities, music by Seth Lynch and more. Benefits museum renovations. 4-9 p.m. Sat. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free (carnival games extra). (727) 894-1052.

Seminole Hometown Celebration

A family event with Radio Disney, amusements, games, slides, bounce houses, glow-in-the-dark golf, children's activities, food and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. Free. (727) 392-8174;

Holiday Fourth of July Celebration

Picnic with sweet corn on the cob, games, door prizes and live music by Ellis Hale Combo. 1:30 p.m. Fri. Polish American Pulaski Club, 4616 Darlington Road, Holiday. Ticket $8 per person. (727) 934-0900.

Tarpon Springs Red, White and Blue Picnic

Celebrate with red and white wines, a buffet of classic American picnic cuisine (free with wine purchase) and live music. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. Tarpon Springs Castle Winery, 320 E Tarpon Ave. Free admission, $6 and up per glass of wine. (727) 943-7029;

4th of July Patriotic Rally and Fun Fest, Treasure Island

Children's activities include "What the Constitution Means to Me" drawing and essay contests, youth patriotic costume contest and a surprise appearance by "George Washington." Noon-5:30 p.m. Sat. Dock at Gator's Cafe and Saloon, 12754 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island. Free. (727) 581-3908.

Fourth of July Indoor Picnic, New Port Richey

Features BBQ chicken, trimmings and music. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. VFW Donald M. Michaels Memorial Post 6180, 11551 Osceola Drive, New Port Richey. $5.50. (727) 863-8824.

Fourth of July Celebration, New Port Richey

"Picnic in the pavilion" with music by Bob King, barbecue, prizes and more. 1-4 p.m. Sat. American Legion Post 335, 11421 Osceola Drive, New Port Richey. $7. (727) 868-3445.


Lutz Independence Day Run

The Lutz Lizards Running Club presents a 5K and 1-mile fun run with awards ceremony. 8 a.m. Sat. Lutz Community Center, 98 First Ave. NW. $15 advance, $20 rac-day 5K;
$8 1-mile fun run. (813) 949-6659.

Rocky Horror Live!: Patriotic Style

Bring the classic movie Rocky Horror Picture Show to life with the cast of Cheap Little Punks. Show has holiday twist: It's Patriotic Zombie Night. Audience participation and costumes encouraged. Props welcome. Under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Sat. Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $7. (813) 963-0578.

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