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8 events & deals for the 4th of July

This Fourth of July marks 242 years since the U.S. adopted the Declaration of Independence to become a free nation. Americans across the U.S. commemorate and celebrate the federal holiday with great patriotism.

American flags are waved up high. Red, white and blue parades flood the streets, and fireworks light the night sky.

Celebrate the July Fourth elegantly while cruising on a StarLite yacht. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Florida is a fun place to celebrate the Fourth of July! There are so many outdoor day and night events with live music, great food and drinks, fun activities and of course fireworks.

Oh and don’t forget about the discounts! If you need home appliances, furniture or just an excuse to spend money then now is the time to check out some sales.

Below are two lists: places to celebrate the Fourth of July in Pinellas County and where to shop some deals.

1. St. Pete downtown waterfront fireworks party

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: North Straub Park – 400 Bay Shore Drive, St. Petersburg FL, 33701
Cost: Free
Contact: (727) 893-7441

There will be live music, food trucks, games and activities for kids, patriotic live broadcast from Q105’s Flash and so much more. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:00 p.m., but depending on the weather may begin anywhere between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Since it’s waterfront, there are various viewing locations, see locations below.

Vinoy Waterfront Park, 701 Bayshore Drive N.E.; Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive S.E.; South Straub North Shore Park, 198 Bay Shore Drive N. E.; Elva Rouse on North Shore Drive N.E. and 10th Avenue N.E.; Flora Wylie Park, 1400 North Shore Drive N.E.; and St. Pete’s Spa Beach Park, 615 2nd Ave. N.E.

2. Fireworks on St. Pete Beach

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: Sunset (approximately 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
Location: Upham Beach, Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706
Cost: Free
Contact: (727) 367-2735

Watch St. Pete Beach’s annual fireworks show! Although this is free and open to the public, the usual beach ordinances and parking will remain the same and all Upham Beach entrances will close at 6:00 p.m. Alcohol, glass bottles or pets are not allowed on the beach.

3. Kickoff the 4th: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Toronto FC II

Kick off the Fourth of July as the Tampa Bay Rowdies play Toronto FC II. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Al Lang Stadium – 230 1st St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost: $11 – $88+

Kick off the Fourth of July with a soccer game. The Tampa Bay Rowdies play Toronto FC II and yes there will be fireworks! It’s the Rowdies eighth home game, and gates open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

For Military Priced Tickets, please call (727) 222-2000.
For Group Tickets, please call (727) 521-7267.
Students and military guests must provide ID.

4. St. Pete Beach yacht cruise party

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: Boarding at 6:00 p.m.; departing at 6:30 p.m.
Location: 3400 Pasadena Ave. South – St. Pete Beach Area
Cost: $81.75

Celebrate the July Fourth elegantly while cruising on a StarLite yacht. The cost covers admission and includes restaurant-style dining. There will be music, live artists, full bar and wine selection. Please note that infants and children do not get a special rate or discount. To purchase tickets visit the Starlite cruises website.

5. Shephard’s red white and neon beach party

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Shephard’s Beach Resort –  619 S. Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Cost: $8 – $15+
Contact:  (727) 442-5107

Shephard’s Beach Resort will be celebrating the July Fourth with the seven-piece band, From Me 2 You at their Tiki Beach stage starting at 7:00 p.m. General admission tickets are currently $8 on their event site. At 9:00 p.m. there will be a Neon Night Club party at Wave, tickets will be $7-$15. Ticket prices may increase based on demand. Must be 21+

6. Clearwater’s downtown celebration

Admittance to the largest firework show in the Tampa Bay area is free this Fourth of July. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Coachman Park – 301 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33755
Cost: Free

Enjoy good food, drinks, fun activities for people of all ages, local vendors, and the largest firework show in the Tampa Bay area!

7. Kenneth City Independence Day Parade

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 62nd St
Cost: Free

The town of Kenneth City will be celebrating the July Fourth with a parade beginning at 62nd St and ending at Ernst Park so bring your lawn chair! There will also be free hot dogs, yes free at 4600 58th St.

8. Gulfport’s 4th of July celebration

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: City of Gulfport
Cost: Free
Contact: (727) 893-1066

Gulfport knows how to celebrate the July Fourth! Kids will be able to join the Star Spangled Banner Fishing Derby, there will be a sand sculpture contest, a patriotic parade, a mayor and city council member’s welcome, live music, and a firework show to top it all off.

Check out the city’s flyer for details on each event and parking information.

July Fourth sales & deals

Ashley Furniture
Up to 40 percent off + extra 10 percent off with code: HAPPY4TH
Best Buy
Storewide sale + 40 percent off appliances
Macy’s
30 – 75 percent off + storewide specials + free shipping with orders over $49
OverStock
From 10 – 70 percent off + free shipping.
Target
Sale items + gift card deals on select items
Travel Zoo
Hotel deals across the U.S.
Wayfair
From 65 – 75 percent off + up to 80 percent last chance finds

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