5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, July 4, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, July 4, 2014.

(1) St. Petersburg 4th of July celebration

The City of St. Petersburg will celebrate Independence Day with its annual fireworks display on Friday night.

The fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m., but could begin as early as 8:30 p.m. ot as late as 10:00 p.m. depending on weather conditions.

The display will be visible all along the St. Petersburg waterfront. The prime viewing areas are at The Vinoy, Albert Whitted, North Straub, Spa Beach and South Straub Parks.

No alcohol or personal fireworks are permitted in any city park.

You can park in the South Core (101 1st Avenue South) or Mid-Core (117 Street North) parking garages. Disabled parking is available in the North Shore ball field lot and along Beach Drive.

For more information, visit www.stpeteparksrec.org .

(2) Channelside 4th of July celebrations

In Tampa, the largest fireworks display will be put on at Channelside Bay Plaza on Friday night.

The event is family friendly, but there will not be any children's activities available during the celebration,

Food trucks will open along Channelside Drive at 5:00 p.m. The first of two concerts begins at 6:30 p.m. The N-Tunes will play from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m., while the Soul Circus Cowboys will perform from 9:30 to 11:00 p.m.

The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. The best place to view them is from the wharf, but it will be limited to the first 3,500 people.

No lawn chairs, personal fireworks or coolers will be allowed at Channelside. Parking will be available across from Channelside or in open lots across from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Florida Aquarium is extending their hours until 9:30 p.m. for the celebration.

For more information, visit funintampabay.com .

(3) AAA Tow to Go

AAA and Bud Light are teaming up to keep motorists safe for the Independence Day holiday weekend with the Tow to Go program.

Beginning on Friday and continuing through July 6, AAA will offer a free local tow ride home for drivers who have had too much to drink and have no other safe way of getting home.

"If you are going to go out and drink this holiday weekend, having a designated driver is a great way to celebrate safely and avoid impaired driving," said Gerry Gutowski, senior vice president of Automotive Services for the Auto Club Group. "However, we also offer Tow to Go as a last resort for those who need a safe ride home."

The Tow to Go service is free and available to both AAA members and non-members. The AAA tow truck will take the vehicle and driver home within a 10-mile radius from the pick-up location.

To receive the Tow to Go service, you can call (855) 286-9246.

(4) Subway Firecracker 250

NASCAR drivers will rev up their engines for the Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.

The race is part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend at Daytona.

The Sprint FANZONE will open for fans at 1:00 p.m.

Nationwide Series qualifying is scheduled to begin at 3:10 p.m. Qualifying for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 will then follow at 5:10 p.m.

The Subway Firecracker 250 race will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com .

(5) Tampa Bay History Center free admission

The Tampa Bay History Center wants you to enjoy Independence Day on Friday by learning about our country's past.

For the fourth year in a row, nearly two dozen costumed reenactors representing various eras in American military history will be at the History Center to interact with guests. The historical interpreters will depict Civil-War, Seminole War, Spanish American War, and WWII-era soldiers, sailors and citizens.

WWI reenactors will also be on hand to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of that war.

Included with the free admission is Against All Odds: Art of the Highwaymen. The special exhibit, featuring works from all 26 Florida Highwaymen artists, is at the History Center through August 17.

The History Center's exhibit galleries will be open with extended hours from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information, visit tampabayhistorycenter.org .

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