TAMPA, Fla. — TAMPA, Fla. — As the Tampa Bay area rebounds from the pandemic and more people get vaccinated, 4th of July events are starting to take shape after most were canceled last year.
All American BBQ Festival Presented by Budweiser
When: Saturday, July 3 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Tpepin's Hospitality Centre, Tampa
Cost: Tickets range from $10 to $90
Info: 10 BBQ vendors from the Bay area will be featured to participate in BBQ competitions. Additionally, there will be cocktails, live entertainment, porch games, giveaways and more. The festival is a rain or shine event.
Red, White, and BOOM by the Bay!
When: Sunday, July 4 beginning at 7 pm. (fireworks at 9:15 p.m.)
Tampa Convention Center
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, presented by Tampa Downtown Partnership - NEW!
Bayshore Boulevard, presented by Coca-Cola Beverages Florida - NEW!
Info: For Boom by the Bay updates, the public is encouraged to text BOOM to 888-777 to receive text message alerts directly to a cell phone. More information will also be shared on the City of Tampa's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram social media accounts.
Friends of the Riverwalk Inaugural July 4th Boat Parade
When: Sunday, July 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Hillsborough River - Downtown Tampa
Info: The parade begins in the Convention Center basin, travels to the Heights, and ends at Sparkman Wharf.
American Victory Ship Presents Freedom Fest
When: Sunday, July 4 from 6 - 9:15 p.m.
Where: American Victory Ship & Museum, Tampa
Cost: Tickets for adults are $14, children aged 4-12 are $7 and kids three and under are free.
Info: Celebrate aboard the WWII American Victory Ship and get a view of Tampa's boat parade and 4th of July fireworks. There will also be food trucks, drinks, entertainment and a kid's zone. Event is rain or shine. No outside food or beverages allowed on board.
Rev, White, and Brew Festival
When: Friday, July 2 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Lead Foot City, Brooksville
Cost: Tickets are $10 for adults if purchased online and $15 if purchased at the gate; kids 12 and under are free.
Info: There will be a car, truck and bike show; live music, food trucks, hot dog eating contests, drinks and fireworks.
6th Annual Zephyrhills Summerfest and Fireworks Show
When: Sunday, July 4 from 12 to 9 p.m. (fireworks begin at dusk)
Where: Zephyr Park, Zephyrhills
Info: This all-day event will feature live music, food eating contests, a kids' dance off, live music, a market, a bounce house, water slides and food trucks.
4th of July Celebration at Avalon Park
When: Sunday, July 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. (fireworks at 9 p.m.)
Where: Avalon Park, Wesley Chapel
Info: This celebration will include food trucks, community performances, bike parades, contests, a bounce park and a fireworks show.
Starkey Market's 4th of July Extravaganza
When: Sunday, July 4 from 5 to 11 p.m. (fireworks at 9 p.m.)
Where: Starkey Market, Trinity
Cost: Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for children six years and up and free for children five and younger.
Info: There will be music performed by John Gonzalez Band, activities, face painting for kids and food and beverages. For those of age, drafts will be offered for $5. Guests are advised to bring their own chairs and blankets. No outside food, drink or coolers allowed.
Lakeland's Red, White and Kaboom
When: Saturday, July 3 from 6 to 9:15 p.m. (fireworks at 9 p.m.)
Where: Lake Mirror, along the Frances Langford Promenade
Info: Attendees are able to bring coolers, but the city asks that no one brings glass bottles. Pop-up tents and large beach umbrellas are not allowed. The city is asking attendees to bring at least one non-perishable food item to be donated to Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE). Volunteers will collect the food items during the event.
Fourth of July Picnic in Craig Park
When: Sunday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Craig Park, Tarpon Springs
Info: There will be a water slide, inflatables, lawn games and paddle boarding for family fun. Also, free hot dogs will be available while supplies last. Live entertainment will start at 11 a.m. and a hot dog eating contest will begin at 12 p.m.
Safety Harbor 4th of July Parade
When: Sunday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Safety Harbor
Info: The American Legion Auxiliary will host a patriotic parade. After, on 4th Avenue South and Main Street, there will be a patriotic ceremony with live music, patriotic presentations; free popcorn, cookies and snow cones; and stars for veterans.
Clearwater Celebrates America
When: Sunday, July 4, starts at 7 p.m. (fireworks at 9:15 p.m.)
Where: BayCare Ballpark
Info: Limited tickets available. Call (727) 712-7300 or click here.
Fourth of July Fireworks in Largo Central Park
When: Sunday, July 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. (fireworks begin at dusk)
Where: Largo Central Park, Largo
Info: Food, activities and entertainment for all ages will be available. Guests are recommended to bring their own chairs and blankets. However, no pets, alcohol, tents or fireworks are allowed in the park. There will be limited on-site parking for $10.
St. Pete Beach Fireworks
When: July 4 beginning at 9 p.m.
Where: Fireworks are launched from the north end of Upham Beach (north end of Upham Beach will be closed)
Info: For information regarding parking and more, click here.
St. Pete Waterfront Fireworks
When: July 2-July 4 with fireworks at 9 p.m. on July 4
Where: Downtown Waterfront
Info: For information regarding the weekend of events, parking, and more, click here.
Treasure Island Fireworks Show
When: Sunday, July 4 at 9 p.m.
Where: Near Gulf Front Park, located at 10400 Gulf Blvd
Cost: $20 flat-rate parking fee at Treasure Island Park
Info: Bring a beach chair or towel and enjoy the show as fireworks light up the night sky.
Celebrate Sarasota Parade
When: Sunday, July 4 at 8 p.m.
Where: Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park
Cost: $5 parking fee
Info: For more information regarding the weekend of events, parking, and more, click here.
Busch Gardens' Extended Fireworks Show: July 1 to July 4
"Spark! A Nighttime Spectacular" is the park's newest fireworks show, complete with lasers, water elements and pyrotechnics. The show will begin at 9:15 p.m. In celebration of Independence Day, there will be extra presentations. all included with regular park admission.
Legoland Red, White & BOOM: July 3 and 4
"Celebrate July 4th and summer fun with the only fireworks display that magically transforms into bursts of LEGO® bricks before your eyes! Experience our unique, annual spectacle all included in regular theme park admission."