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Top 10 Tampa Bay area events for the week of June 28-July 4

Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks are the hot tickets this week
Fireworks blast off in front of the Tampa Convention Center, one of four locations around the Hillsborough River, during the City of Tampa's Boom by the Bay celebration on July 4, 2019 in Tampa.
Fireworks blast off in front of the Tampa Convention Center, one of four locations around the Hillsborough River, during the City of Tampa's Boom by the Bay celebration on July 4, 2019 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Jun. 28

Boom by the Bay: Following Tampa’s holiday boat parade and blessing of the fleet, spectators can stick around for a giant fireworks display set off from numerous locations along the Riverwalk. Good viewing locations can be found at Sparkman Wharf, Armature Works, the Tampa Convention Center, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Bayshore Boulevard near the Davis Islands Bridge. Free. 9:15 p.m. Sunday. Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-345-5881.

The Fourth: The inaugural Independence Day celebration at the St. Pete Pier features three days of activities including a beer garden, silent disco, entertainment, a screening of Independence Day (8:30 p.m.), karaoke and food trucks (Friday); main stage entertainment and race pack pickup (noon), beer garden, silent disco, food trucks and an 8:30 p.m. screening of Independence Day Resurgence (Saturday); and a run (6 a.m.), Pilates (10 a.m.), a physical education class for kids (11 a.m.), main stage entertainment, a beer garden, silent disco, buskers, karaoke, food trucks and 9 p.m. fireworks (Sunday). Free. 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. The Pier, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-501-4837.

Clearwater Celebrates America: This year, the City of Clearwater moves its traditional Fourth of July beach celebration to the ballpark. Billed as “the largest fireworks display in the stadium’s history,” the celebration will have pre- and post-fireworks concerts by the Black Honkeys, games, prizes, giveaways and plenty of traditional ballpark food and drinks. $5 (parking included). 7 p.m. Sunday. BayCare Ballpark (formerly Spectrum Field), 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. 727-467-4457.

Zephyrhills Summerfest: After taking a year off, Pasco’s giant Fourth of July celebration returns with music by Fast4Ward, Crossfire Creek and DJ Express, hot dog- and watermelon-eating contests, a kids’ danceoff, bounce houses, water slides, food, vendors and a 30-minute fireworks display over Zephyr Lake. Free (bounce houses/water slides additional). Noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday. Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. 727-674-1464.

Fourth of July Parade: Put on your red, white and blue and join the American Legion Auxiliary for a patriotic parade of floats and marching units down Main Street. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Sunday. 750 Main St., Safety Harbor. 727-726-9601.

Hometown USA: The seven-piece Bay Kings Band kicks off the celebration, with fireworks at 9 p.m. Grandstand seating only. Concessions will be open. Free. 7-9 p.m. Saturday. TD Ballpark, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. 727-812-4530.

With burnouts like this one by Kyle Busch, Rev, White and Brew will be a smokin' Independence Day event.
With burnouts like this one by Kyle Busch, Rev, White and Brew will be a smokin' Independence Day event. [ JOHN AMIS | AP ]

Rev, White, and Brew: This Fourth of July celebration for motorheads features a car show, drifting, burnouts, a hot dog-eating contest, music by Sherry and the Rockafellas and Jaded, children’s activities and fireworks. $10-$50, 12 and younger free. 6-10 p.m. Friday. Lead Foot City, 17109 Old Ayers Road, Brooksville. 844-532-3366.

All-American BBQ Festival: Join celebrity judges to choose the best barbecue in the bay area as more than 10 local barbecue spots serve up their signature dishes and sauces. There will also be music, dancing, a cornhole tournament, a biergarten, cocktails, entertainment, vendors and games. $10-$150. 3-10 p.m. Saturday. TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. 813-666-5866.

Patriotic Bar Crawl: Dress in themed attire for the America F@ck Yeah bar crawl with drink specials at each stop, swag and giveaways. Stops include Whiskey Exchange, the Galley and Thirsty First. $17.76. 3-10 p.m. Saturday. Whiskey Exchange, 540 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Dance under the Tampa Theatre marquee at the Franklin Street Block Party.
Dance under the Tampa Theatre marquee at the Franklin Street Block Party. [ TAMPA THEATRE | Archive ]

Franklin Street Block Party: Tampa Theatre takes to the street to celebrate the opening of the new documentary Summer of Soul with a party that includes music by WMNF’s DJ Steve “The Hitman” Williams, a drum circle, giveaways, door prizes and dancing under the historic marquee. Free. 5-7 p.m. Friday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.