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  1. Gulfport's Fourth of July

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    Gulfport

    Gulfport : Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, 33707

    The day starts early with a kids fishing derby casting off from the sea wall adjacent to the recreation center at 8 a.m. Plan on sticking around the beach for the sand sculpting contest (10 a.m.-noon).

    Parents can take the children to unwind in the Kidzone (noon-5 p.m.). A craft area o...

    Price: Free.

  2. Fourth of July at the Aquarium

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    Florida Aquarium

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The aquarium for a front- row seat of the fireworks, extended hours both Friday and Saturday for the 9:15 p.m. fireworks, family entertainment and all-American themed dinner options for purchase. Included with admission. Or you can get a ticket on their Bay Spirit II catamaran that dep...

  3. Fourth of July Patriotic Picnic in the Park

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    Craig Park

    Tarpon Springs : 100 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Pack a picnic basket or buy food on site at this family fun day with music in the park.

    Price: Free.

  4. Canopy Tree Climbing

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    Pathfinder Outdoor Education

    1310 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    Climbers ages 6 and older can ascend into the canopy of a live oak tree using harnesses and a rope pulley system.

    Price: $10.

  5. In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking

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    Tampa Museum of Art

    Downtown Tampa : 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    From the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, the exhibition features some of Warhol's most iconic screenprints, including Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong. Also featured are works from other artists who use color as a tool to shape how we respond to images, including ...

    Price: $15; $7.50 seniors, groups; $5 students; children ages 6 and younger free. Under the Blue Star Program, admission for active military and five family members is free through Labor Day.

  6. The American Spirit: Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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    Tampa Museum of Art

    Downtown Tampa : 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    The selection highlights American art between 1830 and the end of WWI, including artists Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, John Sloan and others. The presentation narrates an important chapter in American history that witnessed the Civil War, the expansion of national boundaries and the emergence ...

    Price: $15; $7.50 seniors, groups; $5 students; children ages 6 and younger free. Under the Blue Star Program, admission for active military and five family members is free through Labor Day. From June 13 to June 19, regular admission is $7.50.

  7. Brews and Barbecue

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    3 Daughters Brewing

    222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This Fourth of July block party combines beer from 3 Daughters with food from JJ's Barbecue truck, shopping at the Brocante Vintage Market, bounce house, games and live music by Ramblegrass.

    Price: No cover.

  8. Clearwater Celebrates America: Fourth of July

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    Coachman Park

    Downtown Clearwater : 301 Drew St., Clearwater, 33756

    The city’s annual Independence Day celebration features children's activities, a performance by the Mostly Pops Orchestra and the "Spark the Sky" fireworks display (9:30 p.m.).

    Price: Free.

  9. Island Nights

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    Adventure Island

    10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa, 33612

    Adventure Island extends its hours for a tropical family friendly sunset celebration with live music, giant sand sculptures, the Island Taco Truck and tropically themed entertainment. Included with park admission.

  10. Brandon Blast: Fourth of July

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    Brandon Westfield Town Center Mall

    Brandon : 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon, 33511

    The mall's restaurant courtyard will be filled with live music, family entertainment and dining opportunities. The day ends with a fireworks display.

    Price: Free.

  11. Fourth of July Family Funfest at American Victory Ship

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    SS American Victory

    Channelside : 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The AmVic holiday family festival features face painting, arts and crafts, food trucks, entertainment, drinks and fireworks viewing from the deck of the former WWII supply ship. Plan early. This usually sells out.

    Price: $12, $7 children, $10 military/veterans, 3 and younger free.

  12. Fourth of July at MFA

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    Museum of Fine Arts

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Groove to live tunes by Applebutter Express Band while you enjoy your fill of an "all American" barbecue buffet and the best air conditioned seat in town for the St. Petersburg fireworks.

    Price: $46, $39 members (reservations required); $17 ages 11 and younger.

  13. Sunset Cinema at Pier 60

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    Pier 60

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk.

    Price: Free.

  14. Shephard's Fourth of July Party and Concerts: Shaggy

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    Shephard's Beach Resort

    Clearwater Beach : 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Mr. Boombastic himself, Shaggy,  will get the Fourth of July party started on Saturday.. Trance DJ Paul Oakenfold continues the party on Sunday. Active military with ID get in free all weekend.

    Price: $10-$20.

  15. Fourth of July in Channelside

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    Channelside Bay Plaza

    Channelside : 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Tampa's Channel District gets a jump on July 4 with two nights of fireworks in Garrison Channel and live entertainment in the plaza.

    Price: Free.

  16. Fourth of July in Downtown St. Petersburg

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    Spa Beach at the Pier approach

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This year's "Fireworks Across the Bay" is set to go off at 9 p.m. and can be seen from most of the city's waterfront parks. The Tampa Bay Rays street team and Raymond kick things off at 6 p.m. in Straub Park. Weather conditions may bump the start time for fireworks up to 30 mi...

    Price: Free.

  17. Shark Week at the Aquarium

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    Florida Aquarium

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The Aquarium splashes into Shark Week with themed activities and viewing of six different species of sharks through out the aquarium. Included with regular admission.

  18. Train Weekend

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    Largo Central Railroad

    Largo : 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, 33771

    Kids of all ages can ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad.

    Price: Free (donations for train maintenance appreciated).

  19. In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking

    Editor's pick

    Tampa Museum of Art

    Downtown Tampa : 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    From the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, the exhibition features some of Warhol's most iconic screenprints, including Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong. Also featured are works from other artists who use color as a tool to shape how we respond to images, including ...

    Price: $15; $7.50 seniors, groups; $5 students; children ages 6 and younger free. Under the Blue Star Program, admission for active military and five family members is free through Labor Day.

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