TAMPA BAY, Fla. - Here is a list of Tampa Bay area Independence Day celebrations, parades, and fireworks.
- A look back at last year's Greater Brandon Fourth of July Parade gives a good look at what's to come when the town this week celebrates another chapter in its grand tradition. The 2012 Greater Brandon Fourth of July Parade is set to begin 10 a.m.
The Greater Brandon Fourth of July Parade kicks off Wednesday, July 4, at 10:00 a..m., at the corner of Lumsden Road and Parsons Avenue, with a grand sweep north on Parsons led by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, followed closely by a unit representative of Brandon's pioneering families.
- Westfield Brandon is celebrating Independence Day with Brandon Blast on Wednesday, July 4, from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Restaurant Courtyard in front of The Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen. The annual event includes live bands, family entertainment and dining. The event culminates with a fireworks show at 9:00 p.m.
PLANT CITY: Plant City's July 4th Celebration is back! Coordinated by the City of Plant City Recreation & Parks Department, the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Strawberry Festival, the skies above Plant City will again fill with fireworks this July 4th. Admission to the event is free with parking costing $5 per car.
- The Tampa Attractions Association presents, The Great American Holiday: a 4th of July Fireworks Celebration in the Channel District. The Tampa Attractions Association is proud to host its 11th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration in the Channel District/Channelside with live entertainment from the Boat House Bar (center of Channelside) starting at 1:00 p.m. through 11:00 p.m. and fireworks at 9:00 p.m.
- On Wednesday, July 4, the public is invited to the County animal shelter for flag-waving fun, including adoptions at 50 percent off! Flags & Fur ' Til 4 will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. The red, white and blue bash for shelter pets will feature patriotic pack members and purr-fect patriots at half-price. Adoption fees include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchip, veterinary health check up, Hillsborough County pet registration tag, and a free goodie bag.
ST PETE BEACH: In a show of symbolic support of our troops and the Fourth of July holiday, TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach will use 975 colored towels to create a giant 13 star flag mosaic - the original Betsy Ross flag - along the beachfront behind the resort.
This creative and inspiring tribute was the brainchild of Bob McManaway, director of plant operations and support services and veteran of the Armed Forces, who envisioned dyeing TradeWinds beach towels red and blue, which combined with white towels, create this memorable display. Guests will lay down the towels to form a mosaic of the original flag, while 13 of TradeWinds younger guests will pose as the stars on the flag, representing the original 13 colonies.
TREASURE ISLAND: My American Legion Post 158 on Treasure Island will be having a special dedication of our new Fredom Mural that will be completed on July 4th. Congressmen Bill Young is the main speaker.
Festivities get underway on Wednesday, July 4th at noon and feature live music, food and drink, games for the kids and a slew of All-American family fun events. A 25-minute fireworks show begins at 9:00 p.m.
CLEARWATER: The City of Clearwater is hosting a spectacular, free fireworks display during Clearwater Celebrates America on July 4 at Coachman Park (301 Drew Street). Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with music and children's activities. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.
GULFPORT: City of Gulfport's 4th of July Celebration! Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Activities include children's fishing derby, a funky fourth car show, sand sculpture contest, kidzone, live musical entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and a parade at 6:00, followed by the Tampa Bay Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps. Fireworks are scheduled on Shore Blvd. S. on Gulfport Beach at 9:00 p.m.
- Historic Old Northeast Neighborhoods' Independence Day Children's Parade - 10 to 11:30 a.m., Coffee Pot Park at 30th Ave. N.E. Kids parade through St. Petersburg's oldest neighborhood on festively decorated bikes led by an engine from St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue. Free. Visit this site for more information: http://www.honna.org
- Independence Day at The Pier is from Noon to 11 p.m., and fire fireworks began at approximately 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting),at 800 Second Ave. N.E.
A full day of free, family-friendly Fourth of July fun including face and body painting (minimal cost); live music in the Courtyard by the Bay; Fritz, from Fritzy Bros. One Man Circus; "George Washington;" an interactive music/dance video station with free DVDs for each participant; and watch the skies