Fourth of July: Today's the day, and firework displays abound. Here are the three big ones: This year's downtown St. Petersburg event themed Fireworks Across the Bay is set to go off at 9 p.m. Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7441. Clearwater Celebrates America: Fourth of July, the city's annual Independence Day celebration, begins at 4 p.m. at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., with kids' activities, music and the "Spark the Sky" firework display at 9:30 p.m. (727) 562-4700. In Tampa, Fourth of July Channelside begins at 6 p.m. with music, family activities and a waterfront firework display at Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive. (813) 345-5881. All free. For more festivities, see Page 2B or tampabay.com/holiday.
Music: It's a week of throwbacks with the original lineup of '80s pop icons Culture Club (yes, including Boy George) back together Wednesday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg ($69.50-$129.50), '70s rockers Firefall and Poco at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday ($49.50-$69.50) and Flag, many former Black Flag members (not Henry Rollins), bringing hard-core punk to the State Theatre on Sunday ($25). For the more modern, hip-hop artist Aesop Rock plays St. Pete's State Theatre on Friday ($19), and alt-rockers Modest Mouse and Brand New co-headline Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa ($25.95-$59.95).
St. Petersburg Opera: The opera presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific at the Palladium in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. $22-$67.
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Polar Beach Party: Tampa's MOSI launches its new "pay for a day, rest of the year free" Discovery Passport with an air-conditioned beach party Saturday-Sunday, featuring bounce houses, a simulated shoreline and "real" falling snow. Included with museum admission ($20.95-$26.95, kids 2 and younger free). Parking is $5. mosi.org.
Dunedin Orange Festival: This old-fashioned festival features music, a kids zone, mojo cook-off competition, free orange juice samples and craft beers. It's free Saturday at Edgewater Park. dunedinorangefestival.com.
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