4th of July: fireworks, events, deals & fun stuff to do around the Tampa Bay area

Posted at 4:56 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 16:38:43-04

Time to celebrate the red, white and blue! With the Fourth of July around the corner, we are here to share some of the best events, parties and fireworks shows to help you plan your Independence Day celebrations. 

If you attend a fireworks show or festival, don't forget to shoot some video and send us an email with your name, where you live and where the celebration was to We may feature your video in our morning shows on Tuesday, July 5!

Fourth of July events in the Tampa Bay area:

Dade City

  • Sparklebration | Monday, July 4th at 4 p.m. | Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 SR 52

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St. Petersburg / Clearwater

  • Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer Game with a FREE concert by Flo Rida | Saturday, July 2nd
  • Fourth of July Weekend Pary at Shephard's featuring Vanilla Ice | Saturday, July 2nd from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. | Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach
  • Fireworks at Clearwater Threshers game | Sunday, July 3rd, game starts at 6:15 p.m. with post game fireworks
  • Fireworks at Dunedin Blue Jays game | Sunday, July 3rd, game starts at 5 p.m. with post game fireworks
  • Big, Bang, Boogie | Sunday, July 3rd from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. | Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St.
  • Fourth of July Picnic in Craig Park | Monday, July 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Craig Park in Tarpon Springs
  • Fourth of July Children's Parade | Monday, July 4th at 10 a.m. | Coffee Pot Park
  • Fourth of July at Great Explorations | Monday, July 4th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth Street N, St. Petersburg
  • Clearwater Celebrates America | Monday, July 4th, gates open at 4 p.m., music at 7:30 p.m., fireworks around 9-9:30 p.m. | Coachman Park
  • Safety Harbor 4th of July Celebrations | Monday, July 4th parade from 10 a.m. to noon, fireworks show at 9 p.m. | Main Street
  • Fireworks across the Bay Celebration in St. Pete | Monday, July 4th at 9 p.m. | St. Pete's Spa Beach Park
  • Fourth of July Fireworks St. Pete Beach | Monday, July 4th at 9 p.m. (some parts of Upham beach close at 6 p.m.) | Upham Beach, Gulf Blvd., and 68th Street, St. Pete Beach
  • Gulfport's July 4th Celebration | Monday, July 4th, family-friendly block party at 2 p.m., fireworks spectacular at 9:15 p.m. on Gulfport Beach | Gulfport's Downtown Waterfront District
  • Largo 4th of July Celebration | Monday, July 4th, Party in the park 6 p.m., fireworks spectacular at 9:15 p.m. | Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo
  • 4th of July Buffet at MFA | Monday, July 4th, seatings available from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Museum of Fine Arts
  • TradeWinds "Terry Cloth Tribute" for the Fourth of July | Monday, July 4th, Construction begins at 9 a.m. and will remain until 1 p.m. | TradeWinds Island Grand on St. Pete Beach, 5500 Gulf Blvd.

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  • Tampa Red White and Blues Fest | Sunday, July 3rd from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Cotanchobee Park in Channelside
  • Fourth of July at the Aquarium | Monday, July 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive
  • Busch Gardens lights up the sky for Fourth of July | Monday, July 4th | Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. in Gwazi Park right after Kinetix
  • Fourth of July at Glazer | Monday, July 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
  • 4th of July Fireworks Cruise | Monday, July 4th from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa
  • 4th of July Family FunFest | Monday, July 4th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Aboard the WWII Steamship S.S. American Victory in Channelside
  • Channelside Bay Plaza 4th of July Celebration | Monday, July 4th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. | 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa
  • July 4th Festivities at Gaspar's Grotto will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children | Monday, July 4th from noon to 12 a.m. | Gaspars Grotto in Tampa
  • Fourth of July at Whiskey Joe's | Monday, July 4th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Whiskey Joe's Bar and Grill, 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa
  • Fourth of July at the History Center | Monday, July 4th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (extended hours) | Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street, Tampa

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Tarpon Springs

  • 4th of July Patriotic Picnic in the Park | Monday, July 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Craig Park
  • 4th of July Fireworks | Monday, July 4th at approximately 8:30 p.m. | Howard Park Beach

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Temple Terrace

  • Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks | Monday, July 4th at 10 a.m. | corner of Whiteway Drive and Gillette Avenue, parade will head south on Gillette, west on Druid Hills, then south on Ridgedale Road to the Ridgedale Sports Complex near Temple Terrace Elementary School | Evening Festivities at 6 p.m., Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

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Not only are there a bunch of fun events, there are also some great deals going on for the Fourth of July. Check out some of the best deals below:
  • Ann Taylor Loft is offering online deals, just enter the code JULY4TH for 50% off sitewide. 
  • Edible Arrangements is offering $10 off your order of $49 or more with promo code EDHT0516 until July 4.
  • Express has some great 50% off deals, plus shoppers can use the promo code 1462 for an extra 25% off every $100 spent, now through July 4.
  • Carter's is offering an extra 30% off their clearance items until July 5. 
  • H&M is offering up to 60% off select styles and free shipping on orders over $40 with code 0040 for a limited time. Some items are even $4!
  • L.L. Bean is offering 10% off your entire order with use of the promo code JULY10 now through Tuesday, July 5, and the best part is, the discount can be applied to sale items that could already be marked down by up to 50%. Free standard shipping with every purchase.
  • Lord and Taylor is offering 20% off any one item with code FOURTH until July 5.
  • Macy’s: Use the coupon code FOURTH for an extra 20% off sale items, which are already marked down by up to 50%.
  • Men’s Wearhouse as a deal starting July 1 and lasting throughout the entire month, Men’s Wearhouse is hosting the National Suit Drive. Any customer who donates gently used professional clothing will be rewarded with a coupon valid for 50% off the purchase of full-priced items during his next Men’s Wearhouse visit.
  • Old Navy has everything in store and online on sale, with discounts up to 60% off and prices starting at just $5.
  • PacSun is offering a buy two or more sale items and get 50% off your total bill.
  • Sam’s Club is allowing all Costco members to shop in their stores through July 4th without signing up or paying to be a member. 
  • Sears is having a Mattress Spectacular 4th of July sale. You can earn $100 to Shop Your Way points when you purchase from the Simmons Platinum Collection until July 9. 
  • ShoeMall is offering 25% off purchases of at least $25, through July 5, just use the code FIREWORKS at checkout. 
  • Walmart is offering free 30-day trials of its two-day shipping service, as well as hundreds of “rollback” sales starting July 1.
  • World Market is offering 15% on any order and you can get free shipping for orders over $100 from July 1 to July 4.

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  • Boston Market has a 25% off any Family Meal coupon on their website. It is only good for July 4. Get it here.
  • IKEA wants your family to eat for free from July 2 to July 4. If you dine in their restaurant, they'll deduct your restaurant total from any home furnishings purchase over $100. Get more info here.