Fourth of July
Freedom Festival: This pre-holiday fest features a bike decorating contest, a watermelon eating contest, and the Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker Pageant on July 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. For more information, visit facebook.com/freedomfestivalwesleychapel.
Parade: A Fourth of July parade is July 4 at 10 a.m. on Lutz Lake Fern Road. It starts at Crooked Lane and travels east to U.S. 41. A cake auction, presentation of parade trophies and inauguration of the new "Guv'na" follow the parade. For more information, call (813) 949-1937.
Get Patriotic at Tarpon Springs parks: Have free hot dogs and soda at a picnic July 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs. Guests can bring their own food, too. Watch fireworks at dusk at Howard Park on the Howard Park Causeway. Parking is free after 6 p.m. For more information, call (727) 938-3711.
VFW Independence Day party: Celebrate with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8154 at 1 p.m. at 3954 Paul Buchman Highway, Zephyrhills. Includes hot dogs, hamburgers and live music. Bring a dish to share. For more information, call (813) 782-7194.
Bash on the Bayou: The Black Honkeys and the Voodoos perform live at the Bash on the Bayou on July 4 from 3 to 11 p.m. at Gill Dawg, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey. Also features fireworks. $10 in advance, $12 at door. For more information, call (727) 842-1070.
Sparklebration: Celebrate Independence Day on July 4 from 3 p.m. until the fireworks end at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Features food, contests, music and comedy. Fireworks start at about 9:15 p.m. Admission is $5; free for kids 12 and younger. Parking is $5. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets for seating. For more information, visit pascocountyfair.com online.