Top 10 Tampa Bay Area Events For The Week Of June 28 – July 4

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Boom by the bay: After the Tampa Holiday Boat Parade and the Blessing of the Fleet, spectators can stick around for a giant fireworks display set off from numerous locations along the Riverwalk. Good viewing locations can be found at Sparkman Wharf, Armature Works, the Tampa Convention Center, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and Bayshore Boulevard near the Davis Islands Bridge. Release. 9:15 p.m. Sunday. Sparkman Pier, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-345-5881.

The fourth: The inaugural Independence Day celebration at St. Pete’s Pier includes three days of activities including beer garden, silent nightclub, entertainment, screening of Independence Day (8:30 p.m.), karaoke and food trucks (Friday); entertainment on the main stage and collection of groceries (noon), beer garden, silent disco, food trucks and screening at 8:30 p.m. Resurgence of independence day (Saturday); and a run (6 hrs), Pilates (10 hrs), a physical education class for children (11 hrs), entertainment on the main stage, an outdoor café, a silent disco, street musicians, karaoke, food trucks and fireworks at 9 p.m. (Sunday). Release. 5 pm-10pm Friday, 12 pm-10pm Saturday, 6 am-9pm Sunday. The Pier, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-501-4837.

Clearwater celebrates America: This year, the Town of Clearwater is moving its traditional July 4th beach celebration to the baseball stadium. Deemed to be ‘the greatest fireworks display in stadium history’, the celebration will include concerts before and after the Black Honkeys fireworks, games, prizes, gifts and many traditional food and drinks. . $ 5 (parking included). 7 p.m. Sunday. BayCare Ballpark (formerly Spectrum Field), 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. 727-467-4457.

Zephyrhills Summer Party: After taking a year off, Pasco’s giant July 4th celebration returns with music from Fast4Ward, Crossfire Creek and DJ Express, hot dog and watermelon eating contests, a kids’ dance, bouncy houses, slides, food, vendors and a 30-minute fireworks display on Zephyr Lake. Free (inflatable houses / slides extra). Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. 727-674-1464.

July 4th parade: Put on your red, white and blue and join the American Legion Auxiliary for a patriotic parade of tanks and units marching down Main Street. Release. 10 am-12pm Sunday. 750 Main Street, Security Harbor. 727-726-9601.

Hometown United States: The seven-member Bay Kings Band kicks off the celebration, with fireworks displays at 9:00 PM. Grandstand seating only. Concessions will be open. Release. 7-9 p.m. Saturday. TD Ballpark, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. 727-812-4530.

With burnouts like this from Kyle Busch, Rev, White and Brew will be a memorable Independence Day event. [ JOHN AMIS | AP ]

Rev, White and Brew: This July 4th celebration for motorheads features a car show, drifts, burnouts, a hot dog eating contest, music by Sherry and the Rockafellas and Jaded, kids’ activities and fireworks. $ 10 to $ 50, 12 and under free. 6 pm-10pm Friday. Lead Foot City, 17109 Old Ayers Road, Brooksville. 844-532-3366.

All-American BBQ Festival: Join famous judges to choose the best barbecue in the bay, as over 10 local barbecue grills serve their signature dishes and sauces. There will also be music, dancing, a cornhole tournament, beer garden, cocktails, entertainment, vendors and games. $ 10 to $ 150. 3 pm-10pm Saturday. TPepin Visitor Center, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. 813-666-5866.

Patriotic Pub Crawl: Dress up in themed America F @ ck Yeah Pub Crawl with drink specials at each stop, freebies and giveaways. Stops include Whiskey Exchange, Galley, and Thirsty First. $ 17.76. 3 pm-10pm Saturday. Whiskey Exchange, 540 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Dance under the Tampa Theater marquee at the Franklin Street Block Party.
Dance under the Tampa Theater marquee at the Franklin Street Block Party. [ TAMPA THEATRE | Archive ]

Franklin Street Block Party: The Tampa Theater takes to the streets to celebrate the opening of the new documentary Summer of the soul with a party that features music from WMNF’s DJ Steve “The Hitman” Williams, a drum circle, giveaways, door prizes and dancing under the historic marquee. Release. 5-7 p.m. Friday. Tampa Theater, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

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