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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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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  4. Festivals, parties around Tampa Bay celebrate Independence Day

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    With July 4 on Saturday, there's no shortage of parties and fireworks displays popping off across Tampa Bay. Here's everything you need to know to have a safe and festive Fourth.

    Fourth of July parties

    Light Up the Bayou

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  5. Where to see fireworks around Tampa Bay for July 4

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    Here's a quick guide to where to see the rockets' red glare this weekend. Sunset is at 8:30, and most fireworks shows begin at 9 p.m. but the weather could push back the starting time.

    Early adopters

    Crowds flock to St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront and parks to watch festive Fourth of July fireworks illuminate the night sky.
  6. Don't be a bad neighbor: July Fourth etiquette rules for noise, fireworks

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    If you must ignore the law and can't ignore your urge to blow something up on the Fourth of July, at least do your neighbors and their pets a favor by being considerate.

    Colin Hayter of Clearwater shops with his father, Ron Hayter, at Phantom Fireworks in Tampa.