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Celebrate the Fourth of July at these local events

Fireworks will light the night sky in Pasco and across the Tampa Bay area this Fourth of July weekend.

JIM DAMASKE | Times (2002)

Fireworks will light the night sky in Pasco and across the Tampa Bay area this Fourth of July weekend.

If you missed the fireworks at Main Street Blast, take heart: There are two other professional fireworks displays slated to light up the Pasco skies this Fourth of July. The annual Sparklebration event is all lined up for Saturday at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. And in west Pasco, The Angelus is hosting its first-ever Hudson Americana Music Fest, including what organizers tout as Pasco's largest fireworks show. Saturday will see another inaugural event in Hudson: The Fisherman's Shack is holding its first Fourth of July homemade raft race down Cows Creek to raise money for the Cotee River Lions Club. Various community groups are also sponsoring holiday picnics and cookouts. Here's the full lineup of events:

Star-Spangled Spectacular

This night of patriotic music is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, Dan Cannon Auditorium, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City.

The concert presents the Mostly Pops Orchestra, featuring John and Mary K. Wilson, with special guest Paul Wilson. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Pasco County Fairgrounds office; the Dade City Chamber of Commerce, 14112 Eighth St. in Dade City; or Bingham Realty, 7304 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills.


Doors open at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. The professional fireworks show is at 9:15 p.m.

Event includes live music, eating contests, a magician, pony rides, bounce houses and festival food. Chairs and blankets are welcome; NO personal fireworks, pets, alcohol, food items or coolers are allowed.

Admission is $3 for adults (10 and under free); parking is $5.

Hudson Americana Music Fest

The Angelus is holding this first-ever July 4 event, featuring a day of live music culminating with a professional fireworks show. Food, drinks and arts and crafts vendors will be available. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday at 12413 Hudson Ave. in Hudson.

Tickets at the gate are $7.50 per person; parking is $2. Advance tickets can be purchased at The Angelus and all Patriotic Fireworks locations. Proceeds go to The Angelus, a full-time residential facility for the severely handicapped. For information call (727) 856-1775.

Ride-In Raft Race

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the Fisherman's Shack at 14519 Old Dixie Highway in Hudson will host its first homemade raft race down Cows Creek. All rafts must be hand made and self-propelled (no inflatables).

Free event includes live music and bike show; barbecue and other food may be purchased. A Harley Davidson motorcycle will be raffled off; tickets are $10, with part of the proceeds benefitting The Cotee River Lions Club. For information call (727) 863-3436.

Trilby Community Picnic

10 a.m. Saturday at Trilby Manor Park, at 37045 Polite Ave. between Power Line Road and Randleman Road (behind the Trilby Manor subdivision and Mickens Drive).

Hot dogs, lemonade and other picnic food will be provided. Sack race, relay races, ball games, horseshoes, a watermelon seed spitting contest and other games are planned. No alcohol or fireworks allowed, as the location is a county park.

This free event is sponsored by the Sheriff's Office and the Greater Trilby Community Association in cooperation with Pasco County Parks and Recreation and Lacoochee Elementary School.



11 a.m. Saturday at Eagles Aerie 4208, 8517 Bolton Ave. in Hudson. Admission is $3. For information call (727) 868-5754.

VFW 6180

Noon Saturday at VFW Donald M. Michaels Memorial Post 6180, 11551 Osceola Drive in Port Richey. Tickets are $5.50. For information call (727) 863-8824.

VFW 7845

Noon Saturday at Randolph Ford VFW Post 7845, 6315 Stone Road in Port Richey. Tickets are $6. Call (727) 847-6277.

VFW 4412

1 p.m. Saturday at VFW Tawney-Rowe Memorial Post 4412, 9734 Dick St. in Hudson. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For information call (727) 697-1602.

St. Jude's /AmVets Post 9

1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Jude's Church, 2245 Old Gunn Highway (just south of State Road 54) in Odessa. Homeless veterans and their families are invited to this barbecue, as well as anyone else who needs a free meal. For information or to help with the event, call (813) 951-2288 or (813) 345-8755.

American Legion 79

3 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Paradise Post 79, 5329 Legion Place in New Port Richey. Tickets are $6 per person. For information call (727) 842-8387.


American Legion 335

1 p.m. Saturday at American Legion 335, 11421 Osceola Drive in New Port Richey. Tickets are $7. For information call (727) 868-3445.

Moose Lodge

4 p.m. Saturday at Moose Lodge 1429, 1936 Abacus Road in Holiday. Tickets are $7.99 in advance, $8.99 at the door. For information call (727) 937-9030.

Celebrate the Fourth of July at these local events 06/22/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 29, 2009 8:58pm]
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