Fourth of July fun
Freedom Festival: Contests, pageants, and fireworks from 4 to 9 p.m. July 3 at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Free. (813) 994-2242.
Star Spangled Bikes on the Bayou: Enjoy a bike show, live music, and a view of the Millers Bayou fireworks show from noon to midnight July 4 at Gill Dawg Marina, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey. Food vendors will be on site. No cover charge. No outside food/beverages. (813) 597-0360 or visit gilldawg.com.
Fireworks in Millers Bayou: Watch the show at 9 p.m. July 4 at Waterfront Park, 8119 Old Post Road, Port Richey. Bring nonalcoholic beverages and refreshments. Limited parking. Free. (727) 816-1900 ext. 107.
Sparklebration: Contests, pageants, live music, a skydiving show, kids' activities, fireworks and more begin at noon to about 10 p.m. July 4 at Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. No personal fireworks, pets, alcohol, food items or coolers. $5 for adults, free for children ages 12 and under, $5 per car to park. (352) 567-6678 or sparklebration.com.
Over the border: Patriotic Picnic in the Park features live music, kids' water area, free food, games, competitions and contests, and outrigger rides in the bayou from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 4 at Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs. Bring lawn chairs, and bathing suits and towels for the kids. (727) 942-5628 or TSRDonline.com. Tarpon Springs also hosts a fireworks show at dusk, estimated to be at 8:30 p.m., July 4 at Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Drive. Fireworks will be set off from Sunset Beach. The boat ramp and beach will be closed. Free. (727) 938-3711.