In St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Rays celebrated by taking on rivals the New York Yankees.

The U.S. SOCOM Rappel team lowers the U.S. flag from the A-ring during Thursday's game against the New York Yankees. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]
The U.S. SOCOM Rappel team lowers the U.S. flag from the A-ring during Thursday's game against the New York Yankees. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]
The Tampa Bay Rays stand at attention for the national anthem before Thursdays Fourth of July game against the New York Yankees. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]
The Tampa Bay Rays stand at attention for the national anthem before Thursdays Fourth of July game against the New York Yankees. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]

We took a look back at past Fourth of July photos from our photo team. Follow @tampabaytimes on Instagram for daily photos and videos.

Tampa’s “Boom by the Bay” event drew enthusiastic crowds for festivities along the waterfront, followed by miles of fireworks along the bay. This was Mayor Jane Castor’s inaugural Fourth of July celebration.

Erin Ciacciarelli and her 9 month old daughter, Aurora, enjoy downtime outside of Armature Works during the Boom By the Bay event. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times]
Erin Ciacciarelli and her 9 month old daughter, Aurora, enjoy downtime outside of Armature Works during the Boom By the Bay event. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times]
Elo Whitehead, 5, plays with a red, white and blue speed wand that he made at one of the many craft tables at the Boom By the Bay event. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times]
Elo Whitehead, 5, plays with a red, white and blue speed wand that he made at one of the many craft tables at the Boom By the Bay event. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times]
Dozens of boats wait for the Fireworks to blast off in front of the Tampa Convention Center, one of four locations around the river during the City of Tampa's Boom by the Bay independence day celebration. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
Dozens of boats wait for the Fireworks to blast off in front of the Tampa Convention Center, one of four locations around the river during the City of Tampa's Boom by the Bay independence day celebration. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
[LUIS SANTANA | Times]
[LUIS SANTANA | Times]
Hallel-Renee Coston, 9, watches the fireworks display alongside her cousins. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times]
Hallel-Renee Coston, 9, watches the fireworks display alongside her cousins. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times]
Fireworks blast off in front of the Tampa Convention Center, one of four locations around the river during the City of Tampa's Boom by the Bay independence day celebration. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
Fireworks blast off in front of the Tampa Convention Center, one of four locations around the river during the City of Tampa's Boom by the Bay independence day celebration. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
[LUIS SANTANA | Times]
[LUIS SANTANA | Times]

Fireworks were also booming along Boca Ciega Bay in Gulfport.

Fireworks light up the night over Boca Ciega Bay in Gulfport. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Fireworks light up the night over Boca Ciega Bay in Gulfport. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
[SCOTT KEELER | Times]
[SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Small bursts from a box of inexpensive fireworks created some otherworldly scenes.

[MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
[MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
[MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
[MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
[MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
[MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]