Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in Tampa, Florida

Fireworks over Clearwater, Florida

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If your summer vacation in ​​Florida includes July 4th in the Tampa Bay area, you are in luck. For the Fourth of July, the city of Tampa and surrounding communities celebrate America's birthday with a variety of special events, concerts, and pyrotechnic displays. Beach resorts, small towns, and even an amusement park provide plenty of entertainment on Independence Day.

01 of 07

Clearwater Celebrates America at Coachman Park

July 4th fireworks in Clearwater, Florida.
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301 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33755, USA
+1 727-562-4800

About 22 miles west of Tampa across the West Courtney Campbell Causeway, the city of Clearwater celebrates Independence Day with the largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area.

The event takes place at Coachman Park, and the gates open at 6 p.m. Along with performances by the Coachman Park Pops Orchestra, you can enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks, local vendors, and family-friendly activities before the firework show starts between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

02 of 07

Downtown Tampa

People enjoying view of scenic Downtown Tampa from Bayshore Boulevard.

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333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
+1 813-274-8511

The downtown Tampa July 4th fireworks display has traditionally been held at Channelside Bay Plaza. It recently relocated to the harbor in front of the Tampa Convention Center. Other areas with a view of the harbor make ideal places to enjoy the event.

This year the 4th of July celebration centers around The Tampa Red White & Blue Festival, an annual Family Fun Independence Day Celebration featuring American food, music, and art. The event takes place Thursday, July 4, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Channelside on Grand Central at Kennedy. It is not clear yet whether there will be fireworks in 2019.

03 of 07

Fireworks and Thrill Rides at Busch Gardens

Montu coaster Busch Gardens Tampa

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10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
+1 813-884-4386

The Busch Gardens amusement park has a special Independence Day event planned for July 4, when fireworks will light up the sky accompanied by a patriotic medley. There will be live music, a DJ, and dancing during the evening.

You can spend the whole holiday enjoying one of the many thrill rides, including the family spin coaster Cobra's Curse, or you could dance the day away at one of the DJ party zones in the park. Either way, your admission price will get you up-close access to the fireworks, or you could just show up to the parking lot around dusk and watch from there (though you may be charged for parking).

04 of 07

Downtown St. Petersburg Waterfront

July 4 fireworks over the water in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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400 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
+1 727-893-7441

The waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg hosts the city's Fourth of July fireworks celebration starting with live music at North Straub Park.

As the main attraction, the fireworks can start at 8:30 p.m. but can also start as late as 10 p.m. depending on the weather. You can view the show along Bayshore Drive in city parks including Albert Whitted, North Straub, South Straub, North Shore, Elva Rouse, and Flora Wylie.

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05 of 07

Gulfport and St. Pete Beach Events and Fireworks

St. Pete Beach, Florida
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Boca Ciega Bay Aquatic Preserve, Florida, USA

Located on the southeast corner of St. Petersburg, the community of Gulfport also hosts a day-long celebration in honor of the holiday. Family activities at the downtown waterfront district include a fishing derby, a parade, and a sand sculpture contest as well as a market for produce, arts, and crafts. The event ends with a fireworks show over the Boca Ciega Bay Aquatic Preserve.

Further southeast on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, you can also catch a small community fireworks show at St. Pete Beach Access Park, which starts at dusk.

06 of 07

Fourth of July Fireworks at Siesta Key's Beach

Coast Guard Beach house and beach, Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida, USA
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Siesta Beach, Florida 34242, USA

About an hour south of Tampa, the city of Siesta Key puts on its annual fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico. Siesta Beach was rated as the Number One Beach by TripAdvisor and AARP in 2015 and "Dr. Beach" in 2011, making it one of the most picturesque locations to see fireworks in the Tampa Bay area.

The annual community event is entirely sponsored by public donations and proceeds from the Siesta Key Beach Concessions. While there are many places along the beach to catch the display, buying tickets for access to the VIP viewing area not only supports the event, but you also get preferred seating and complimentary drinks and snacks. The event is held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with the fireworks starting at dusk.

07 of 07

Safety Harbor's Fourth of July Celebration

Safety Harbor fireworks display.
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401 Main St, Safety Harbor, FL 34695, USA
+1 727-724-1572

Safety Harbor's annual Independence Day celebrations will take place at various venues around the city, but the best places to view the fireworks show are at Waterfront Park or the marina itself.

Starting off with Fourth of July bike decorating in the morning at the John Wilson Park and Gazebo, festivities continue with the parade down Main Street led by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Later that evening, the Safety Harbor Marina hosts the annual celebration event featuring children's activities, live entertainment, food, and fun for the whole family followed by a 9 p.m. fireworks display over Tampa Bay.

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