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Fireworks and festivities abound on Fourth of July weekend


Largo Golf Course's Fourth of July Firecracker Scramble Tournament, open to men and women ages 21 and older, will be a four-person scramble format with teams being determined by a blind draw. The blind draw, check-in and payment of greens and electric cart fees begin today at 7 a.m. $20 registration fee. Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 518-3024.


Dunedin Summer Saturday Market: Produce, cheeses, seafood, plants, herbs, honey, pet products, organics and more. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free (items individually priced). Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. (727) 733-4215.

Fins for Limbs: An event to show support to veterans who have suffered combat-related injuries resulting in an amputation or other life-changing disabilities. Includes displays of military artifacts, military vehicles, static displays, prosthetics display, informational booths to provide support to veterans and much more. Included with daily admission. Donations at the door benefit The Wounded Warrior Project, supporting veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Included in regular admission: $14.95, $10.95 ages 60 and older, $9.95 ages 3-12 ($4 off for kids of Florida residents this summer), ages 2 and younger free. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. (813) 919-3819;

Brooker Creek Nature Hike: Get up close to the environment around you with a guided nature hike. Wear closed shoes, bring water and a hat. Best for ages 6 and up. 9-10:30 a.m. Free, but registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800;

Clearwater Coin Club Show: Annual show attracts more than 150 dealers from across the country. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Parkway, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 733-3577; . Visit

Greyhound Adoptions: Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will host a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents. Please visit to learn about these calm, affectionate dogs. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Petco, 30697 US 19, Palm Harbor. (813) 971-4732 ;

Trail Mystery Scavenger Hunt: Explore the mysteries of Brooker Creek Preserve and find clues along the trails. Solve all the clues to win a prize. All ages welcome. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800;

Hometown USA at Dunedin Stadium: What more American way to celebrate the holiday than doing it all at a baseball stadium? It's Junior Jays Saturday when Junior Jays members take the field with the DJs, announce for an inning, run the bases and take part in other promotions. Plus, kids get free jerseys (until 6 p.m.), post game concert by De Lei'ed Parrots and fireworks. The game features the Dunedin Blue Jays playing the Brevard County Manatees. 4:15 p.m. $3, 12 and younger free; all admissions after 6 p.m. free. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 812-4531;

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: Murder on the 19th Hole: Interactive murder mystery dinner show presented by MurderS She Wrote, Inc. 6 p.m. $47.50 dinner and show. Grand Hotel Clearwater, 20967 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (813) 727-7012;

Threshers Fireworks: If you haven't caught a minor league game at Bright House Networks Field this summer, this weekend's the perfect chance because there will be post-game fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights. 6:30 p.m. $5-$9. Bright House Networks Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457;

Kiwanis Morton Plant Mease Midnight Run: This 10K race course along Causeway Boulevard and back with a turn around in Honeymoon Island State Park really takes place at midnight. The course is flat and well-lit by more than 700 luminarias and the air is as cool as it gets for this time of year. Shorter races begin at 11 p.m. (1-mile) and 11:25 p.m. (5K). Proceeds benefit numerous area children's charities. $6-$33. Causeway Plaza, 2600 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 535-2257.


Fourth of July Patriotic Picnic: The city of Tarpon Springs and corporate sponsor Waste Management present an old-fashioned July Fourth picnic with live entertainment in the band shell (bring lawn chairs); a children's area with waterslide (wear bathing suits, bring towels); free food; a game area; and outrigger rides in the bayou (children must be accompanied by parent). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628.

Safety Harbor Fourth of July Parade: Kids are invited to decorate their bicycles and wagons to join in this short parade that includes military vehicles, honor guards, fire trucks, Shriners, motorcycle groups, car clubs, the Dunedin Pipe and Drum band, walking units and floats. 10 a.m. Free. Safety Harbor Main Street Parade Route, Main Street and Second Avenue N, Safety Harbor. (727) 726-9601.

Clearwater Coin Club Show: Annual show attracts more than 150 dealers from across the country. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Parkway, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 733-3577. Clearwater

July Fourth Worship Service and Picnic: In response to the oil spill in the gulf, St. Paul's Lutheran Church is commemorating the Fourth of July with a special worship service in Shelter 2. Join us for music, food and worship. Bring a dish to share. Chicken and beverages will be provided. Unite with St. Paul's in partnership with the Skycrest Neighborhood Association in an effort to support Keep Pinellas Beautiful and The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Eagle Lake Park, 1800 Keene Road, Largo.

Clearwater Celebrates America: Clearwater Celebrates America, the city's annual Independence Day celebration, will feature the Mostly Pops Orchestra, fireworks, children's activities, a craft show, food and drink concessions. Gates open at 4 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30. No alcoholic beverages, glass containers or bottles, umbrellas, canopies, throwing objects, pets or personal fireworks allowed. The Memorial Causeway Bridge will be closed from about 9:15-10:15 p.m. for the fireworks. Expect traffic delays. Free. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 562-4700.

July Fourth Celebration: The City of Safety Harbor's annual July Fourth Celebration and Fireworks Display will take place along Bayshore Boulevard, at the City Marina and on the back lawn of the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. The event includes games and activities for all ages, food and beverages available for purchase, beer and wine available with proper ID. It also features one of the larger fireworks displays in the Tampa Bay area. 5-10:20 p.m. free admission, with nominal fees for some activities. Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor.

July Fourth Celebration and World Record Attempt: This year marks the 50th anniversary of Largo Recreation, Parks & Arts as well as the 50th anniversary of the Twist. To celebrate, Largo will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for people doing the Twist at the same time. Music by Joey Dee and the Starliters. Participation fee includes a commemorative world-record attempt hat. Registration on-site. Fireworks and other activities follow at 9 p.m. 6 p.m. $3 dancing, fireworks free. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6775;

Fireworks and festivities abound on Fourth of July weekend 07/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 2, 2010 6:03pm]
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