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Where to find fireworks in Tampa Bay on July 4

SCOTT KEELER | Times (2018) Fireworks light up the night over Boca Ciega Bay near South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island on July 4, 2018. The view is looking north.
Published Jul. 2

There are plenty of picnics and parades to choose from on Independence Day. But if you just want to know where the fireworks are, here's a rundown of all the places you can see the rockets' red glare on Thursday. Most shows start at 9 p.m.

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Boom by the Bay: Family-friendly activities are at 10 a.m., and there will be four fireworks displays spanning 2.5 miles along the waterfront. Best viewing is from Armature Works, Riverfront Park, the Tampa Convention Center and Sparkman Wharf.

Busch Gardens: The Tampa theme park will have four nights of fireworks starting with an extended fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Park closes at 11 p.m. Thursday and at 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Included with admission, which starts at $84.99 at 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Godfrey's Fourth of July Party: The hotel has a daylong party starting at 11 a.m. Thursday with its own fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 281-8900.

Red, White and Boom Beach Bash: Whiskey Joe's Bar and Grill will have live music by the Greg White Band (2 p.m.) and Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute (8 p.m.) and fireworks (9:15 p.m.). $5 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15-$20 5-11 p.m. 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 281-0577.

Lutz Fourth of July Celebration: Cheval Golf and Athletic Club will have a community celebration with water slides, bounce houses, a magician, balloon art, face painting, games, live music and fireworks (9 p.m.). Free (food/drink tickets additional) starting at 4 p.m. 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz. (813) 949-4231.

• Temple Terrace: The first fairway of the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club will have food vendors, live music and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. 200 Inverness Ave. (813) 989-7004.

Plant City Stadium: Festival with face painting, balloon art, games and fireworks. Opens at 6 p.m., 1810 E Park Road, Plant City. (813) 659-4255. Free admission; $5 per car for parking.

Tampa Tarpons: For "Celebrate 'Merica Night" first responders get $5 reserved seats and the night ends with fireworks. 6:30 p.m. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. (813) 673-3055.

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• Downtown St. Petersburg: The fireworks will be synchronized to music accessible through a free phone app called J&M Displays. Viewing is recommended from Albert Whitted Park, North Straub Park, South Straub Park, North Shore Park, Elva Rouse Park and Flora Wylie Park. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9 p.m. but can start as early as 8:30 p.m. and as late as 10 p.m. depending on weather.

• Gulfport: The day starts with a kids fishing tournament at 8 a.m., followed by a sand-sculpting contest at 10 a.m., a parade starting at 6 p.m., and fireworks at 9 p.m. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport.

• Rock the Beach: Upham Beach will have live music starting at 2 p.m. before fireworks are launched from a barge off the Pinellas County Beach at 4700 Gulf Blvd.

• Safety Harbor: Get to the marina park early for children's activities, live entertainment, food vendors and a fireworks finale. Free. 5 p.m. Thursday. Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane.

• Largo Lights Up: Look for a pie-eating contest, video gaming truck, face painting, balloon art and mixed entertainment before the sky explodes with a fireworks display. Starts at 6 p.m. Thursday. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Tarpon Springs: Get to Fred Howard Park between 7:30 and 9 p.m. to find a good spot in or around the park before fireworks. 1700 Sunset Drive, Tarpon Springs.

• Clearwater Celebrates America: Enjoy music, family activities, food, drinks and vendors before the largest fireworks show in Tampa Bay at 9 p.m. at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater.

• Madeira Beach: Bring coolers, chairs and blankets to watch fireworks in ROC Park, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach. Additional firework viewing areas include Causeway Park (911 Memorial) and the American Legion.

• Treasure Island: Fireworks can be viewed from anywhere near the park. Personal fireworks are not permitted on the beach. Gulf Front Park, Gulf Boulevard and 104th Avenue, Treasure Island.


• American Family Celebration: Music, food, fun and fireworks starting at 6 p.m. The Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Firecracker Smash'm Up: Look for a demolition derby, games, bounce houses, laser tag, food, music, crafts, vendors and fireworks. $10, $5 ages 4-12; parking $5. 4 p.m. Thursday. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.

• Avalon Park West Celebration: With a bounce park, bike parade, bake-off, live entertainment and fireworks at 9 p.m. Free starting at 5 p.m. 33613 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

• El Cuatrofest: With music, watermelon-eating contests, art, games and fireworks. $5 per car starting at 5 p.m. Barrington Hill Event Space, 16117 Lake Iola Road, Dade City.

• Red White and Brew Fest: With food trucks, vendors, crafters, a kids area, inflatables, multiple beer/wine tents, two live bands and fireworks. Free, $5 parking starting at 5 p.m. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill.


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