1 Rays Day: This Tampa Bay Rays watch party at the Emerald bar is also a benefit for Second Chance Boxer Rescue. The party gets going at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, but the game against the Tigers doesn't start until 8. There will be music by Broken Things, Doug Burns and Kyle Chason and the Swindlin' Hearts. There will also be raffles, contests and an auction to raise money for the boxer rescue. It's $5 to feast on food by Jimbo's Joint, all at the Emerald, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-6054.
2Madeira Beach Craft Festival: The annual beach craft festival features a blend of contemporary and original works by more than 100 artists and crafters from 30 states. It's free to wander among the work set up on Madeira Way, between Gulf Boulevard and 150th Avenue N. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
3Free Golf for Kids: Every day through the end of August, kids ages 5 to 15 can sign up to receive a free small bucket of range balls to hit on the Ace Practice Ranges in Brandon and Riverview or at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in New Tampa or at the Wentworth Golf Club or Crescent Oaks Country Club, both in Tarpon Springs. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, weather permitting. (813) 651-4653.
4Free History Center Admission: The Tampa Bay History Center celebrates Independence Day by offering free admission and extended hours on Friday. Costumed re-enactors will share hands-on displays of artifacts, uniforms, crafts and music representing the Civil War, the Seminole Wars, the Spanish-American War and the World War II era. Stick around in Cotanchobee Park for a view of the Channelside fireworks at 9 p.m. The history center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. (813) 228-0097.
5Park Ranger Nature Educational Program: Every weekend, the park rangers at Tampa's Lettuce Lake Park hold themed hands-on workshops exploring elements of nature. This week's topic is the owls of Lettuce Lake Park, and the workshop is from 10 a.m. to noon both Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $5 per child accompanied by an adult. Also, adults without children may participate for $5. Park entry is $2 for up to eight people at 6920 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6204.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer. Follow @SharonKWn.