July 4th Firework Shows in Tampa

Great Places to Watch Independence Day Fireworks in Greater Tampa

Fireworks Channelside on the Fourth of July in 2010
••• Fireworks Channelside on the Fourth of July in 2010. More Than Photographs

Looking for where to watch fireworks shows in Tampa, Fla., on the Fourth of July? Forget buying those expensive kits and risking injury and let the experts create the spectacle for you in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. 

Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Most fireworks begin around 9 p.m. but get there earlier if you want a prime viewing spot. 

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    Bayfront Park/Marina
    ••• Bayfront Park/Marina. Visit Sarasota

    In downtown Tampa's Bayfront Park and Marina, watch a spectacular fireworks show over Sarasota Bay. The scenic park, located by Ringling Bridge, features O'Leary's Tiki Bar and the famous "Unconditional Statue." For prime viewing, make reservations at Marina Jack's featuring food and live music. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

    Bayfront Park, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

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    Moroccan Palace Fountain at Florida's Busch Gardens
    ••• Moroccan Palace Fountain at Florida's Busch Gardens. Dave G. Houser/Getty Images

    Amusement park Busch Gardens has special Independence Day events planned July 2 to 4. Fireworks light up the sky each night following an acrobatics show by Kinetix, which starts at 9 p.m. There's also a magic show each night in the Moroccan Village. These special holiday events are included with your park admission. 

    Busch Gardens, 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612

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    Fireworks at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater
    ••• Fireworks at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater

    Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater hosts the largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area. Watch the Coachman Park Pops Orchestra perform, try out the food vendors and enjoy the family-friendly activities. Fireworks begin around 9 p.m. 

    Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater, FL 33755


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    North Straub Park View Towards Vinoy Resort
    ••• North Straub Park View Towards Vinoy Resort. Jared/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    The waterfront in downtown St. Peterburg hosts the city's Fourth of July fireworks celebration. Highlights include live music by AudioStar, kids' activities and food trucks. Q105's Flash broadcasts patriotic music from 5 to 7 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. but could start as early as 8:30 p.m. depending on the weather.

    North Straub Park, 400 Bay Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 

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    Safety Harbor Marina at Night
    ••• Safety Harbor Marina at Night. Walter/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    Safety Harbor Marina's celebration includes food vendors, kids' activities and live entertainment. Claim your fireworks viewing spot at either the marina or Waterfront Park. Get there early, because the Tampa Bay fireworks begin exactly at 9 p.m.

    Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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    The city of Siesta Key, located across from Sarasota, hosts an annual fireworks display on its beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico shore. The VIP viewing area features seating and complimentary drinks and snacks. Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m.

    Siesta Public Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, FL 34242  

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    St. Pete Beach is a public beach with boardwalks, sand dunes, white sand and a great view of the Gulf of Mexico. The fireworks show begins at dusk.

    St. Pete Beach Access Park, 4700 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg Beach, FL 33706

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    Head to Gulfport's downtown waterfront district for fun family activities such as a fishing derby, parade and sand sculpture contest. There's also a market featuring produce and arts and crafts. The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m.

    5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707