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Where to find July 4 fireworks in the Tampa Bay area

Let the professionals do the blowing up, since they are everywhere this weekend. One of the best deals is a free concert with country star Darryl Worley today before the fireworks of Freedom Fest at Town Square Plaza Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park.

You can find a complete list at tampabay.com/things-to-do, but here's some highlights:

Channelside Fourth of July: Tampa's Channel District will have live music Monday starting at noon, as well as balloon artists and face painting for kids. Fireworks choreographed to music will be launched off a barge in Garrison Channel at 9 p.m. Good viewing locations include Channelside Bay Plaza, Yacht Starship, the Florida Aquarium (which is offering $10 admission after 3 p.m., and will keep its second-floor deck and Explore-a-Shore open until after the fireworks) and Cotanchobee Park. Be warned: Channelside Drive will close from the Aquarium Circle all the way down to Meridian starting about 6 p.m. As parking garages and lots fill up, additional road closures will occur and traffic will be rerouted to additional parking options downtown and in Ybor City, where city officials are recommending the TECO Line Streetcar System trolley.

St. Petersburg Pier Fourth of July: 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. There will be live music off and on between 11:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Inside, you can get your face, arms or back painted (noon to 9 p.m.) and see various entertainment. Pier Dolphin Cruises is offering a three-hour fireworks viewing cruise for $35 from 7 to 10 p.m. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

Clearwater Celebrates America: The city's annual Independence Day celebration will feature a patriotic concert by the Mostly Pops Orchestra with John, Mary K and Paul Wilson (7:30 p.m.), fireworks (9:30 p.m.), children's activities and food and drink concessions. Gates open at 4 p.m. Monday. No alcoholic beverages, glass containers or bottles, umbrellas, pets or personal fireworks allowed. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater.

Clearwater Threshers: Watch the Threshers take on the Lakeland Tigers and stick around for postgame fireworks at 6 p.m. today. $5-$9. Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4467.

Tampa Yankees: After the Brevard Manatees game at 6:30 p.m. today. $4-$6. George M. Steinbrenner Field, One Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa.

Brandon Blast: 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Westfield Brandon mall.

Dade City Sparklebration: 4 to 9 p.m. Monday. $5, 12 and younger free, $5 parking. Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City.

Gulfport's Fourth of July Celebration: Day full of activities, contests, parade and fireworks Monday at 9 p.m. on Beach Boulevard, Gulfport.

Largo Fourth of July Celebration: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday (limited $5 parking available) at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Madeira Beach: Fireworks launched off the recreation center ballfields and over the water, the display is viewable from either side of the Madeira Beach Causeway. 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Temple Terrace: The Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club's first fairway booms at 9 p.m. Monday. 200 Inverness Ave.

Treasure Island Rockin' Red Glare: Bring blankets and chairs for an all-day concert and a fireworks finale at 9 p.m. Monday. Beach parking $10 all day. Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island.

Where to find July 4 fireworks in the Tampa Bay area 07/02/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 2, 2011 11:43pm]
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