Fourth of July events
Gulfport's Fourth of July Celebration: The day starts early with a kids fishing derby casting off from the seawall adjacent to the recreation center at 8 a.m. Plan on sticking around the beach for the sand sculpting contest at 10 a.m. Kids can have fun in the children's activities area while parents check out the auto show (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). A craft area opens at 4 p.m., and the event's live music kicks off at 5. Clear the street for a parade on Beach Boulevard at 6 p.m., but stick around the area for the fireworks finale at 9. Free. Beach Boulevard. (727) 893-1118. mygulfport.us.
Pinellas Park/Kenneth City Fourth of July Parade and Festival: The 1-mile parade of floats, bands, walking and riding units starts at 54th Avenue and 62nd Street N and ends at the Community Hall with a festival including food, games and entertainment. 11 a.m. Free. Kenneth City Community Hall, 4600 58th St. N.
July 4 Belleair Bluffs Picnic: This event features free food, entertainment, bounce house, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office's police dog and trainer presentation, DUI educational program, raffles, a "Dunk the Mayor" tank and a dessert contest (bring desserts to City Hall by 10:30 a.m.). 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Belleair Bluffs Community Center and Park, 2747 Sunset Blvd. (727) 584-2151.
Fourth of July at the Pier: The Pier will be the base of operations for downtown St. Petersburg's Fourth of July festivities, but the fireworks set to go off at 9 p.m. can be seen from most of the city's waterfront parks. At the Pier, a full day of family activities kicks off outside with classic rock 'n' roll by Bus Stop (noon to 3 p.m.), Baby Grand in the Sand (3 to 4 p.m.), Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band (4 to 7 p.m.) and original pop/rock music by soulRcoaster (8 to 11 p.m.). Inside, you can get your face, arms or back painted (noon to 9 p.m.), plus see performances by Fritz from Fritzy Bros. One-Man Circus (1 to 8 p.m.), jumping antics by the Power Skipper (1 to 5 p.m.) and the Dance Heads dance video productions (2 to 5 p.m.). Noon to 11 p.m. Free; face painting additional. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE. (727) 821-6443.
Fourth of July Rat and Puff-A-Palooza with Cobra Starship: Pop-rock quintet Cobra Starship will join popsters Outasight and Sammy Adams for a Fourth of July bash. Noon. $10. Shephard's Beach Resort, 601 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 441-6875. shephards.com.
Nation Celebration: Fourth of July Seminole: Bring the family to celebrate with a day filled with sales, inflatables, DJ dancing, giveaways, face painting and games. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole. (727) 392-8174.
Largo Fourth of July Celebration: Largo gets set to "Light Up the Park" with this Independence Day celebration including music by DJ Phil Pasek, activities, food vendors and fireworks. 6 to 9 p.m. Free (limited $5 parking available). Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740.
Fourth of July at MFA: Groove to tunes by Motel Funk while enjoying your fill of gourmet barbecue, iced tea, soft drinks, champagne toast and a cash bar. Includes a viewing of the art in the Hazel Hough Wing and the best seat in town for the St. Petersburg fireworks. 6:30 p.m. $45, $36 members. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667. fine-arts.org.
St. Pete Beach Fourth of July Fireworks: City officials say the 30-minute display set from a barge floating in the gulf can be viewed from the city's beaches to the south. All of County Park will be closed to the public before the display. Fireworks begin at dusk. 8 p.m. Free. Dolphin Village Shopping Center, 4700 Gulf Blvd. For more information, call (727) 367-2735.
Treasure Island Rockin' Red Glare: Fourth of July: Come out to the beach and join Treasure Island's salute to the holiday with a giant fireworks extravaganza. 9 p.m. Free. Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237. mytreasure island.org.