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Lots of local options to celebrate Independence Day

WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times (2009)

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times (2009)

The skies will be lit up this holiday weekend as the nation celebrates Independence Day. Local residents and visitors will have more than a few patriotic options throughout the weekend.

Friendly KIAfest Main Street Blast, Friday and Saturday at Sims Park, off Main Street in downtown New Port Richey. The two-day event will feature classic rock music, arts and crafts, food and beverages, military vehicles on display, a classic car cruise-in, a trolley pull, kids games and a fireworks display Saturday evening. Hours are from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and from noon 11 p.m. Saturday. The Friday entertainment schedule includes the bands Stardust Memories — A David Bowie Tribute, SPF 40 and the Wholigans. Saturday entertainment includes the bands Glad All Over, the Bob Hope Band, Petty Hearts and Fleetwood Max. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:15 p.m., weather permitting. Free.

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Wesley Chapel celebrates Independence Day starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Grove, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd. Activities will include a bicycle-decorating contest, a kids zone, live music, food trucks, a watermelon-eating contest, a Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker Pageant and fireworks. Free.

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Connerton Nation Celebration, will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at Club Connerton, 21100 Fountain Garden Way, Land O'Lakes. Start your Independence Day celebration early with live music, games, DJ dancing, a beer garden and fireworks. Free.

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Celebrate freedom: Freedom Fest will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave., Masaryktown. Festivities will include a food truck rally, a car show, music and vendors. Free. For information, call (352) 345-4818 or visit masaryktown communitycenter.com.

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A July Fourth 5K and festivities begins with a 5K race at 8 a.m. Monday at 101 First Ave. NE, Lutz. A 1-mile fun run and family walk will start at 8:45 a.m. A flag-raising ceremony and race trophy presentation will follow. The Lutz Community Parade will start at 10 a.m. Other events will include a cake bake auction and the inauguration of Lutz's new "guv'na." For information about the 5K, call Karin at (813) 786-8461. For information about the fun run and family walk, call Terry at (813) 949-6659. For information about the parade, call Cheryl at (813) 948-0823.

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The Nature Coast Community Band starts the holiday with musical fireworks when it presents "The Good Ole USA," featuring Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs. Free.

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The annual High Point Community Fourth of July Parade will start at 9 a.m. Monday at the bus stop near Cortez Boulevard and will travel along High Point Boulevard to the community center, 12249 Club House Road, where American Legion Post 186 will present the colors. The parade will feature fire-rescue vehicles, government officials, decorated golf carts, horses, antique cars and Scout troops. Refreshments will be served in the community center after the flag-raising ceremony. For information, call Sylvia at (352) 596-6006.

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The Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, will sponsor its annual Independence Day Machine Gun Shoot from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. The shoot will be on the club's 200-yard machine gun range. Shooters may bring their own machine guns, pistols and rifles. Besides old cars and trucks, there are usually old fire extinguishers, washing machines, water heaters and various other targets to shoot for fun at various distances. Admission fee is $20 per shooter. No tracers or incendiary ammo allowed. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Spectator admission is $2, with kids younger than 15 free with an adult. Bring eye and ear protection, including for spectators, especially for children. Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the clubhouse. For information, call Randie Rickert at (352) 799-3605.

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A 'Patriotic Evening' Fourth of July Celebration will begin 5 p.m. Sunday, at Liberty Park, 286 N Apopka Ave., Inverness. The old-fashioned hometown festival will include live music by area bands, entertainment, food vendors and a fireworks extravaganza over Lake Henderson. Free.

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The Pasco County Fair Association will host its annual Sparklebration starting at 4 p.m. Monday at the fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Featured activities will include hotdog- and watermelon-eating contests, pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, entertainment and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Entertainment will include Billy "Elvis" Lindsey, the Skydive City Drop In, the Dennis Lee Show and the magic and comedy of Keith Fleming. Admission is $5; ages 12 and under are free; $5 for parking. For information, call (352) 567-6678 or go to pascocountyfair.com/events/sparkle bration.

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Fourth of July Fireworks at Skydive City, 4241 Skydive Lane, Zephyrhills, will be on Monday evening. Gates open at 6 p.m. A barbecue dinner will be served for $10. There will be live music from 7 to 11 p.m., with the fireworks at 9 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets or cushions. $5 per person, ages 12 and older. Kids under 12 are free.

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The Firecracker Smash'm Up celebration, will be from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. The event will include a demolition derby, live music, food vendors, games, a kids zone, roping and fireworks. Parking is $10. Admission to the derby is $10; $5 for ages 4 to 11 and free for ages 3 and younger. For information, call (352) 796-4552.

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Fourth of July at Avalon Park West will begin 5 p.m. Monday at the Avalon Park West Community Center, 5227 Autumn Ridge Drive, Wesley Chapel. The celebration includes a fireworks show, an apple pie bake-off, a bike parade, wet and dry slides, stilt walkers, food trucks, fire dancers and the Tampa Bay Lightning's Rolling Thunder crew and mascot. Free.

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Tarpon Springs' Fourth of July fireworks will be Monday evening at Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Drive, Tarpon Springs. The fireworks will be launched from Sunset Beach, but the city of Tarpon Springs says the best viewing spot is Howard Park. They are set to go off at dusk, about 9 p.m. For security reasons, Sunset Beach will be closed at 11 a.m. Free.

Lots of local options to celebrate Independence Day 06/29/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:52pm]
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