There will be lots of local fireworks shows on the Fourth of July. Clearwater bills its display, "Clearwater Celebrates America," as the largest in the Tampa Bay area.
In addition to the 25-minute star-spangled spectacle, the free celebration taking place in Coachman Park on Wednesday will feature a concert by the Mostly Pops Orchestra.
The city is spending $45,000 on the big blast, said Brian Craig, Clearwater's athletics and events coordinator.
"We are trying to make it bigger and better each year," he said. "The idea was to create some unique experiences for the crowds."
New this year are nautical-based fireworks, in addition to those launched from land.
"They'll light up Clearwater Harbor," Craig said. And for the first time, the music and the fireworks display will be "truly synchronized."
There will also be an expanded children's area with more activities and games, face painting, a magician and visits from athletic mascots. Gates will open at 4 p.m., the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m.
Other July 4 fireworks
Safety Harbor: Find a good seat at the Safety Harbor City Marina or on the back lawn of the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa and enjoy an evening of children's activities, live entertainment and food vendors, plus a 9 p.m. fireworks display. The free event will begin at 5 p.m. There will also be a parade on Main Street at 10 a.m.
Dunedin: The Dunedin Blue Jays will have a free "Hometown U.S.A." celebration at their game against the Daytona Cubs. The event, which will feature bounce houses and face painters, will begin at 3:15 p.m., and the game will start at 4:15 p.m. at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave. After the game, the Greg Billings Band will perform, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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