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Things to do in Tampa Bay for July 3

Clearwater Threshers vs. Dunedin Blue Jays: The Threshers honor the Fourth of July a day early with one of the largest fireworks shows they've had this season following the game that begins at 7 p.m. at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. $5-$9.50. (727) 467-4467.

Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta: Join Mayor Buckhorn as food trucks line up for this lunchtime event in downtown Tampa. This month try fare from Der Wurstwager, VegiBus, Tropiccool, Cheesery, Flattery, Michelle Faedo, Happy Baker, Hog Father and Tasty Stacy. Trucks roll in at 11 a.m. at Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa.

Happy Anniversary Mel's: To celebrate 40 years of business, every customer at Mel's receives a complimentary cupcake decorated like the famous hot dogs. Mel will also be on site to celebrate the occasion. It starts at 11 a.m. at Mel's Hot Dogs, 4136 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. Free with any purchase. 813-985-8000.

Red, White and Beer: The Avenue starts the Fourth of July partying early with 1776-themed drinks, music by DJ's Traphouse Tracy and Change, Firecracker Burgers and a sky lantern release at midnight. Lanterns available for purchase for $5, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Party starts at 9 p.m. at the Avenue, 330 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 851-9531.

Maryellen Hooper: This stand-up comedy vet comes to the Improv for one night. She's been voted "Female Comedian of the Year" at the American Comedy Awards and just finished her latest special Stinky Flowers. See her at 8 p.m. at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 864-4000.

TO WATCH

Franklin & Bash, 9 p.m., TNT Which one will bring the firm better press, one defending a fisherman as a pirate or one about the psychic? You'd think Rachel's psychic case, because she'd be able to tell you.

Futurama, 10 p.m., Comedy Central Another plot involving Bender and a folk singer. We already did this one with Beck almost a decade ago.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find the summer theme park guide at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

Jay and Silent Bob: Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes bring their new animated film, Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, to the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. A Q&A with Smith and Mewes follows the movie. $25-$59. (727) 822-3590.

Alabama: The last time Alabama came to town, it was 2003 and the legendary country group was in the middle of its "Farewell Tour." So much for that. The band will bring its 40th anniversary "Back to the Bowery Tour" to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 8 p.m. Saturday. $69-$125. (727) 791-7400.

Dunedin Orange Festival: It's an old-fashioned charmer 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in downtown Dunedin, with green market, family fun zone, mojo cook-off competition, Miss Dunedin Orange Queen Pageant, a bonnet auction and live entertainment. Free admission; $10 tasting ticket (727) 298-3278.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for July 3 07/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 1:43pm]
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