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Independence Day: America turns 238 on Friday, and the bay area will celebrate with more than fireworks. Winning best title is Pasco's Sparklebration Star-Spangled Spectacular, which includes watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests, a petting zoo and bounce houses at the Pasco County Fairgrounds ($5, 12 and younger free; parking $5). Then Clearwater Celebrates America for free with a mascot parade, Radio Disney kids zone and a show by the Mostly Pops Orchestra at Coachman Park. If you want a little history, there's Family Funfest at the WWII American Victory ship with food trucks, drinks and a cool place to watch the Channel District's fireworks finale ($12, $7 children, $10 seniors/military). Also fireworks along St. Petersburg's waterfront.

Kiwanis Morton Plant Mease Midnight Run: Yes, it starts about midnight Thursday, but the flat 10K race course out Causeway Boulevard with a turnaround in Honeymoon Island State Park is well-lit by luminaries. Shorter races begin at 11 p.m. (1 mile) and 11:25 p.m. (5K) from Causeway Plaza in Dunedin. $8-$45. (727) 535-2257.

Date night

Katy Perry: She's not quite the I Kissed a Girl wild child anymore, but this pop star's got plenty of Roar to fill the Tampa Bay Times Forum tonight with Capital Cities opening. $25.25-$124.50. (813) 301-2500.

Shawty: A favorite in music videos, he's bringing his dance moves and sing-along parodies as well as his raw and realistic comedy to Tampa's Improv on Sunday. $20. (813) 864-4000.

Lindsey Stirling: She was a YouTube star before she rose to fame on America's Got Talent as the "hip-hop violinist." She rocks Jannus Live on Wednesday. $27.50-$30. (727) 565-0550.

Replay America Tour: We're having flashbacks just thinking about our favorite '80s songs from the Go-Go's, Scandal's Patty Smyth, the Motels featuring Martha Davis and more, all Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $52.75-$128.75. (727) 791-7400.

Kids and family

Canopy Tree Climbing: The first Saturday of every month, the huge oak tree at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg turns into a canopy rope system for kids 6 and older — and many a parent — to climb. $10. (727) 328-0300.

The Mixed Up Fairy Tale: In this interactive musical, you and the kids can help break the spell on Beauty, climb a beanstalk and convince Red to give up her cape. It's Tuesday at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge in New Port Richey. $4. (727) 774-7382.

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