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  1. Sparklebration promises plenty of food, fun and fireworks at Pasco fairgrounds

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    DADE CITY — Those looking for a Fourth of July fireworks fix can head to the Pasco County Fairgrounds for the annual Sparklebration celebration Saturday.

    Brandon Smith, left, and Heather Lee compete in the watermelon eating contest at the 2012 Sparklebration.
  2. Hernando Events for July 3

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    Jazzercise for the Troops: Classes benefit Gifts from Home, run by Linda Kidwell, which sends needed items to the troops serving overseas. Classes start at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Dress to exercise. 9 to 11 a.m. Donation for the troops. Jazzercise Spring Hill, 7257 Forest …

  3. Plan your weekend: July 3-5

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    Plan your weekend

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    July 4: Independence Day falls on Saturday this year, but you can see fireworks early in Channelside on Friday and at the Threshers game in Clearwater today and Friday. On Saturday, there are more options: downtown St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Tarpon …

    Fireworks light up the sky above Channelside Bay Plaza in Tampa.
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 2

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    Dierks Bentley: The Country Music Award winner (Come A Little Closer, What Was I Thinkin') brings his Sounds of Summer Tour to Tampa with Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith. 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $26-$50.75. (813) …

    Dierks Bentley performs during day one of the 2015 FarmBorough Music Fest on Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) NYAK104
  5. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 June 25-July 1

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    1 Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail: With much fanfare, the final connection between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties opened June 22. Now joggers, cyclists and skaters can enjoy panoramic views of Upper Tampa Bay and safe passage between Clearwater and Tampa on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. …

    Tiffany Edens, 41, of Tampa takes in the view as she climbs up the big bridge on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. Runners, bicyclists and pedestrians can now traverse the entire span of the Courtney Campbell Causeway from Clearwater to Tampa.
  6. 5 non-exploding ways to entertain kids for July 4

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    For the littlest ones, especially those younger than 5, it can be hard on July Fourth to find diversions that capture their attention, but don't involve lighting something on fire. Some alternatives:

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