Monday, June 18, 2018
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A sampling of July Fourth festivities around Pinellas

01 Today

Clearwater Threshers

The team starts off the patriotic weekend with a T-shirt giveaway for the first 1,000 fans. Gates open for the game against Brevard County Manatees at 5:30 p.m. Stick around for a post-game concert by the Greg Billings Band. $6-$10. Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road. (727) 467-4457.

Stars, Stripes and Wings

WingHouse shows its national pride with a corporation-wide "Stars and Stripes" campaign in which servers at each location compete for most patriotic attire. Cast your vote for your favorite to win. Voting closes at 1 a.m. No cover. WingHouse of Clearwater, 2640 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 724-9464. 11 a.m. Friday.

02 Saturday

Celebrate America Kenneth City

A Fourth of July parade begins at 62nd Street and moves east on 54th Avenue, turns right on 58th Street and ends at Community Hall for a festival with food vendors, an arts and crafts show, games, children's activities, 3,000-square-foot shaded playground, a rock climbing wall, bungee jump and a hula hoop contest. Free. Kenneth City Community Hall, 4600 58th St. N, Kenneth City. (727) 322-5217. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Threshers Light Up the Sky...Twice In a Row

The Clearwater Threshers celebrate Independence Day with two nights of fireworks, billed as their largest firework shows of the year. The fireworks follow games against the Brevard County Manatees, which start at 6:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $6-$10. Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road. (727) 467-4457.

Rowdies Opening Night and Fourth of July Party

Join the Rowdies for opening night and a Fourth of July party. They take on the Jacksonville Armada at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks light up the sky immediately after the game, followed by an on-field concert by Flo Rida. $15-$80. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 222-2000. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fourth of July at Shephard's

Rapper Vanilla Ice returns to kick off the annual Fourth of July weekend party, which runs until 2 a.m. $12-$525. Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 442-5107. 9 p.m. Saturday.

03 Sunday

Big, Bang, Boogie

It's the Swing Gang's Fourth of July dance with music by the seven piece Juke Joint Kings and a cash bar with beer and wine. Red attire suggested for women. $15. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-1032. 7:30-11 p.m. Sunday.

Hometown USA at Dunedin Stadium

What a better way to celebrate the holiday than heading to a ballgame? Cheer on the Dunedin Blue Jays as they face Tampa, then enjoy live music and a fireworks finale. Free. Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 812-4530. 5 p.m. Sunday.

Maderia Beach Fourth of July

Madeira Beach celebrates Independence Day a day early with fireworks near ROC Park. Free. ROC (Remember Our Children) Park, 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. (727) 392-0665. 9 p.m. Sunday.

04 Monday

Fourth of July Breakfast

Kids can play games while you enjoy a pancakes or pancakes and sausage breakfast. $4-$6. Church on the Bayou Presbyterian Church, 409 Whitcomb Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-7316. 7-10 a.m. Monday.

Fourth of July at Great Explorations

Children can celebrate Independence Day with patriotic games, crafts, a dance party and activities including a "red, white and blue" relay, underwater fireworks and flag creations. Included with admission: $10, $9 seniors, one and younger free. Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday.

Poolside Holiday Picnic

Pack a picnic basket and bring the family for a poolside Fourth of July party. $12 with card, $23 without card (group of five). Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016. Noon-4 p.m. Monday.

Fourth of July Picnic

The park will be filled with a waterslide, bounce house, games, a hot dog eating contest and hits from the '60s to now by Rusty Trumpet. Free. Craig Park, 100 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday.

Safety Harbor Fourth of July Parade

Wear your red, white and blue and join the American Legion Auxiliary for a 50-unit parade down Main Street beginning at 10 a.m. Free. Safety Harbor Main Street Parade Route, Main Street and Second Avenue N, Safety Harbor. (727) 726-9601.

Fourth of July in Downtown St. Petersburg

"Fireworks Across the Bay" is set to go off at 9 p.m. and can be seen from most of the city's waterfront parks. Weather conditions may bump the start time up to 30 minutes or delay the start time up to one hour. Free. Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7441.

Clearwater Celebrates America: Fourth of July

The celebration begins at 4 p.m. and features children's activities, mascot meet-and-greet parade, music and the "Spark the Sky" fireworks (9:30 p.m.). Free. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.. (727) 562-4700.

Safety Harbor Fourth of July Night Festival

Find a good seat at the Marina or the back lawn of the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa and enjoy children's activities, entertainment, food vendors and fireworks from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. (727) 724-1545.

Fourth of July St. Pete Beach

The city will host its annual fireworks around 9 p.m., launched from Upham Beach. For safety reasons, parts of Upham Beach will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Free. Upham Beach, Gulf Boulevard and 68th Street, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9245. 9 p.m. Monday.

Fourth of July at MFA

The Museum of Fine Arts opens its glass conservatory for air conditioned fireworks viewing with open art galleries, music by the Hummingbirds and a buffet dinner including smoked chicken, grilled salmon, a slider bar and "All American" hot dogs. $46, $23 ages 11 and younger. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-1032. 6:30-9 p.m. Monday.

Gulfport's Fourth of July

The day starts early with a kids fishing derby at the sea wall adjacent to the recreation center at 8 a.m. Plan on sticking around the beach for the sand sculpting contest (10 a.m.-noon). Parents can take the children to unwind in the Kidzone (noon-5 p.m.). A craft area opens at 2 p.m., and the event's official live music kicks off at 5 p.m. Clear the street for a parade on Beach Boulevard at 6 p.m., but stick around for the fireworks finale at 9 p.m. Times are tentative; check mygulfport.us for updates. Free. Gulfport, Beach Boulevard. (727) 893-1118.

Largo Fourth of July Celebration

Largo gets set to "Light Up the Park" with this Independence Day celebration beginning at 6 p.m. It includes a pie-eating contest, T-shirt decorating ($5), inflatables ($10 wristband), food vendors and fireworks (9:15 p.m.). Free, $5-$10 some activities. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740.

Tarpon Springs Fourth of July Fireworks

The fireworks will be launched from Sunset Beach, but the city of Tarpon Springs says the best viewing spot is Howard Park. They're set to go off at "dusk," which is estimated to be 9 p.m. For security reasons, Sunset Beach will be closed at 11 a.m. Free. Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Drive, Tarpon Springs. (727) 938-3711.

Treasure Island Rockin' Red Glare: Fourth of July

Come out to the beach for Treasure Island's salute to the holiday with a giant fireworks extravaganza at 9 p.m. Free. Treasure Island Beach Trail Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 547-4575.

Compiled by Kelly A. Stefani, Times staff writer

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