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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of July 1-7

JIM DAMASKE   |   Times (2018) Clearwater’s fireworks explode over Clearwater Harbor next to the Memorial Causeway on July 4, 2018.
JIM DAMASKE | Times (2018) Clearwater’s fireworks explode over Clearwater Harbor next to the Memorial Causeway on July 4, 2018.
Published Jun. 28, 2019

Independence Day: For firework fans, you can see the rockets' red glare on Thursday in downtown St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, at Busch Gardens and at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel, in Land O' Lakes, Temple Terrace, Plant City Stadium, Largo Central Park, St. Pete Beach, Safety Harbor, Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, Madeira Beach and Treasure Island.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Yankees are in town and for Thursday's game on Independence Day, the CENTCOM Rappel Team will rappel down from the A-ring catwalk at Tropicana Field to deliver the game ball. The Yankees play a four-game homestand against the Rays through Sunday.


Music: Abby Anderson opens for hitmaker Rob Thomas at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater on Friday ($64 and up), the same day guitarist Damon Fowler returns to the Palladium in St. Petersburg ($18-$22). The Wallflowers with Jakob Dylan play Friday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa ( $50 and up). Get out your flannel on Saturday for Smells Like Teen Spirit: A WMNF Tribute to the 90s with local artists playing their favorite '90s classics at Ybor's Crowbar ($13-$15). Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux performs at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg on Sunday ($25). The legendary producer brings Jeff Lynne's ELO to Amalie Arena on Sunday ($45.75). Hear loads of hits when Train and the Goo Goo Dolls play the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Sunday ($29.50 and up). Grammy winner Stephen Marley returns for a hot reggae show on Sunday at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg ($30.50).

Red, White, and Sploosh: The Geekocracy meetup group is staging a giant water gun fight at from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Al Lopez Park, in Tampa. Free.

Sing-Along Grease: The top pick in this year's poll of fans by Tampa Theatre, follow the lyrics on the screen in the historic movie house, and sing along to the 1978 classic. $13. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Etsy Craft Party: The online marketplace, gives a platform to artists, makers and sellers of vintage goods at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Quilt show: You'll find intricate contemporary art quilts and textiles in the Dunedin Fine Art Center's set of shows on display through Aug. 18. $10, free for members and children 12 and younger. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 1143 Michigan Blvd.


Melons For Moolah: The watermelon-themed festival to benefit the Safety Harbor Public Library Foundation returns on Saturday from 3-10 p.m. with water slides, contests, entertainment and ending with a screening of the summertime classic The Goonies in Safety Harbor Waterfront Park.


Find all the fireworks and July 4 parades and picnics in the area.