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Ring in 2021 with these events around Tampa Bay, but doctors urge you to do it safely

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Posted at 6:29 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 08:22:09-05

TAMPA — This New Year’s Eve, medical experts are encouraging people to celebrate at home with the people they live with, and virtually with loved ones elsewhere.

If you do decide to go out or have a small gathering, doctors say you should wear a mask, keep your distance, celebrate outside, and watch your alcohol intake so you can keep your guard up.

Due to COVID-19, several New Year’s Eve events have been canceled, like Tampa’s New Yarrgh’s Eve celebration and the fireworks on Clearwater Beach.

Other events are going virtual this year, like First Night St. Pete.

However, there are some in-person celebrations for New Years Eve:

10 a.m., Noon Year's Eve
This year the event will be ticketed and held at less than 50% capacity to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Feeding Tampa Bay to help those in need in the Tampa Bay area.

Attendees must have a ticket to enter the event and masks are required. The Armature Works Lawns and Pier will be fenced off to prevent crowds that do not comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

This family-friendly event kicks off at 10:00am on the Armature Works South Lawn + Pier and will feature a countdown to noon and daytime fireworks display on the Hillsborough River, live music and entertainment, inflatable slides and obstacle courses, the Spheres Bubble and Magic Show, a YMCA sponsored craft corner, sweet treat vendors plus more.

6 p.m., Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is hosting a New Year’s Eve event where guests can explore the park’s Christmas Town, enjoy rides in the dark and catch the fireworks show in Gwazi Park.

8 p.m., Armature Works
The 3rd annual New Years Eve celebration is back with protocols in place to safely ring in 2021! This outdoor event will feature a riverfront concert and fireworks display over the Hillsborough River.

This year the event will be ticketed and held at less than 50% capacity to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Feeding Tampa Bay to help those in need in the Tampa Bay area.

Attendees must have a ticket to enter the event and masks are required. The Armature Works Lawns and Pier will be fenced off to prevent crowds that do not comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

9 p.m., The Grove in Wesley Chapel
The Grove at Wesley Chapel is kicking off 2021 with its first annual New Year’s Eve Countdown Celebration event featuring fireworks, live entertainment, and the unveiling of the brand new Cinema & Entertainment Complex.

9 p.m., Chill Years Eve at the Riverwalk
The Straz is hosting an outside New Year's Eve event along the Riverwalk with a singer-songwriter and a comedian.