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July 4th can be quite hectic with tourists, nonstop traffic, and unpredictable weather.

Be one step ahead of the crowd and plan your Independence Day activities beforehand.

SEE ALSO: Fireworks safety tips
MORE: How we celebrate July 4th

10 News has compiled a list of some events from each county and we will continue to add to the list as the days go by:


Citrus County

AN OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY & FIREWORKS IN CRYSTAL RIVER

Near 224 U.S. 19, Crystal River, FL 34428

All ages

5:00 PM-10:00 PM

The Fireworks display may be viewed along Hwy. 19 near Charlie's Restaurant heading south on the west side of Hwy. 19 and from Kings Bay Park (268 NW 3rd St.). Boaters will be able to view the display from Kings Bay and the Crystal River waterways. Boaters are restricted to an area of 1000 feet from the fireworks barge.

Contact info: (352) 795-3149

BONKERZ COMEDY CLUB STARRING ANGELO CIANFROCCO

1590 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34448

Ages 18+

Cost: $10/person

5:30pm-doors open

Bonkerz is presenting Angelo Cianfrocco. Eclectic interpretive dance, cheeky naughty stories, and misdirected enthusiasm are all tools Angelo utilizes to rally his audiences into a frenzy of laughter.
For more information or reservation, please call (407) 629-2665 or visit Bonkerz Comdey Club.

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Hernando County

MACHINE GUN SHOOT

9:30 AM

All ages

Cost: Spectators $2, 14 and younger free; shooters $20.

16121 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, FL 34614

Cars, trucks and an assortment of other targets will be destroyed. Machine gun owners 18 and older are welcome to participate. No tracers or incendiary ammunition allowed. Spectators and shooters should bring their own eye and ear protection, especially for small children. Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

For more info, call 352 597 9931


Highlands County

RED, WHITE & BLUES FESTIVAL

351 W Center Ave, Sebring, FL 33870

All ages

Bring the entire family for a taste of good old-fashioned Americana as historic Downtown Sebring celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, food, live music, contests, entertainment and more July 4-5. Join us at the Allen Altvater Cultural Center on the shores of Lake Jackson for blues and bluegrass music, a Patriotic Review, Cake Walk, Beautiful Baby Bathing Suit Contest, Patriotic Pet Costume Contest, a variety of food vendors, beer garden and, of course, the fireworks show at 9:00 PM on Friday, July 4.

Come early and bring the family for a weekend of summertime American fun in historic Downtown Sebring.

FOURTH OF JULY IN THE HIGHLANDS - CITY OF AVON PARK

E Main St, Avon Park, FL 33825

10:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Celebrate Independence Day the right way. Join the Jaycee's for fireworks at 9pm after enjoying the Family Fun Day being put on by the Boy's and Girls Club at Donaldson Park. Lots of good eats, corn hole tournament, bounce houses and more. Friday, July 4th, fun starts at 10am.

Fourth of July in the Highlands - Town of Lake Placid

933 Jackson Rd, Lake Placid, Florida 33852

9:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Fireworks Display at 9pm over Lake June (from the Lake June Ball Field).

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Hillsborough County

RED, WHITE AND ZOO

1101 West Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

In honor of Independence Day, the Zoo holds a military appreciation program. Members of the military and up to three direct dependents will be admitted to the Zoo free of charge. Includes active duty, retirees and veterans.

Contact 813 935 8552 for more info.

JULY 4 WEEKEND AT HOGAN'S BEACH

7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607

2:00 PM

Cost: $15-30

An Independence Day BBQ and Fireworks show hosted by Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart will kick off the weekend celebration with performances by Pitbull Toddler, DJ Gemini, Barry Carew, Kid-Unot, Chris Craze and Tony Puccio. Every online ticket purchase is automatically entered to win a meet and greet.

For more info, contact: 813 281 8900

FOURTH OF JULY FAMILY FUNFEST AT AMERICAN VICTORY SHIP

705 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

Cost: $12/adult, $7/child, $10 seniors/military

6:30 PM

The AmVic holiday family festival features face painting, arts and crafts, food trucks, entertainment, drinks and fireworks viewing from the deck of the former WWII supply ship. Plan early. This usually sells out.

Call 1-866-468-7630 for more info.

LUTZ INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

U.S. 41 and W Lutz Lake Fern Road, LUTZ, FL 33548

Lutz shows its hometown pride with this holiday celebration themed "Saluting Lutz Volunteer Fire Department." The day includes a bake contest (6 a.m.), 5K race (8 a.m.), one-mile fun run (8:45 a.m.), flag raising ceremony (9 a.m.), parade (10 a.m.) and a vendor area (11 a.m.).

For more info, contact 813-949-1937



Manatee County

PALMETTO FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

5:30 PM

6th St W and 10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL 34221

This annual celebration along the Manatee River includes live entertainment by former American Idol and current country star Scottie McCreery, food, children's activities and a fireworks finale.

Contact 941-721-2138 for more info.

PIER 22 FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

6:00 PM

1200 1st Ave. W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Cost: $69.95/adult, $19.95 ages 11 and younger.

Dine directly under the fireworks at Pier 22's Fourth of July celebration with live music, a pig roast, carved Prime Rib, sushi, peel and eat shrimp, raw oysters, barbecue chicken, numerous salads and much more. Reservations required.

Contact 941-748-8087



Pasco County

SPARKLEBRATION STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR

12:00 PM Noon

Cost: $5, 12 and younger free; parking $5

36722 State Road 52, Dade City, FL 33525

Festivities include live music, a food court, watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, a hot dog eating contest, petting zoo, bounce houses, pony rides, face painting and a fireworks finale. No coolers, alcohol, pets or personal fireworks. Bring blankets and chairs for the fireworks show.

Contact 352-567-6678 for more info.



Pinellas County

GULFPORT'S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, 33707

All ages

8:00 AM

The day starts early with a kids fishing derby casting off from the sea wall adjacent to the recreation center at 8 a.m. Plan on sticking around the beach for the sand sculpting contest (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Parents can check out the annual auto show (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) before taking the children to unwind in the Kidzone (noon-6 p.m.). A craft area opens at 4 p.m., and the event's official live music kicks off at 5 p.m. Clear the street for a parade on Beach Boulevard at 6 p.m., but stick around the area for the fireworks finale at 9:15 p.m.

Times are tentative, please check mygulfport.us for updates or call 727 893 1118.

FOURTH OF JULY PATRIOTIC PICNIC IN THE PARK

5 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

All ages

10:00 AM

Pack a picnic basket and bring the family for a fun day in the park.

Contact 727 942 5628 for more info.

CLEARWATER CELEBRATES AMERICA: FOURTH OF JULY

301 Drew St., Clearwater, FL 33756

All ages

4:00 PM

The city's annual Independence Day celebration will feature fireworks (9:30 p.m.), children's activities, games, vendors, food and drink concessions. Gates open at 4 p.m.

Contact 727 562 4700 for more info.

SAFETY HARBOR FOURTH OF JULY

110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

All ages

5:00 PM

Find a good seat at the Marina or the back lawn of the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa and enjoy a day of children's activities, live entertainment, food vendors and fireworks.

For more info, call 727 724 1572

FOURTH OF JULY AT MFA [Museum of Fine Arts]

255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

6:00 PM

Cost: $45, $38 members (reservations required)

Groove to live tunes while you enjoy your fill of a gourmet barbecue buffet, art and the best seat in town for the St. Petersburg fireworks.

For more info, call 727 822 1032

LARGO FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

101 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL 33771

Limited $5 parking available

Largo gets set to "Light Up the Park" with this Independence Day celebration including DJ music, activities, food vendors and fireworks.

For more info, contact 727 587 6740

FOURTH OF JULY IN DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG

9:00 PM

615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

The fireworks set to go off at 9 p.m. can be seen from most of the city's waterfront parks. Weather conditions may bump up or delay the start time up to 30-minutes.

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MADEIRA BEACH FIREWORKS

Fireworks will be shot off in the intercoastal just north of the 150th Causeway.


Polk County

RED, BRICK AND BOOM: LEGOLAND FOURTH OF JULY

10:00 AM

1 Legloland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884

Guests don special viewing glasses that turn an ordinary fireworks display into millions of exploding bricks.

Contact 877-350-5346 for more info.



Sarasota County

TROPICAL FOURTH OF JULY

811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

Cost: $20/adult, $17 members, 11 and younger free

Bring your blankets and chairs to the gardens for a tropical celebration with bayfront fireworks, live music, children's activities, a bounce house, lawn games and food. No coolers.

Contact 941-366-5731 for more info.

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