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Where to watch 4th of July fireworks in Tampa and St Petersburg

Written by Kathleen Seide

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June 5, 2019

There a lot going on around Tampa Bay for the fourth of July, take a look below at some of the best places to watch the fireworks and see what’s closest to you.

Downtown St Pete Fireworks (St Pete)

The City of St Petersburg is hosing a fireworks display along the waterfront again this year.

Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9 p.m. but can start as early as 8:30 p.m. and as late as 10 p.m. depending on weather.

There’s an App for that!
Enjoy the fireworks to synchronized music that is accessible through an optional, free phone app called J&M Displays. The app works with iPhone and Android systems.

Pick you Park!
You can easily see the fireworks along Bayshore Drive from the following parks: Albert Whitted Park, North Straub Park, South Straub Park, North Shore Park, Elva Rouse Park and Flora Wylie Park. 

St. Pete Beach Rock the Beach (Upham Beach)

Starting at 2pm there will be live music 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Rock the beach will have free live music by the Brian Caudill Band and headliner Stormbringer, followed by a fireworks around 9pm

Clearwater Celebrates America

The city of Clearwater is hosting fireworks, at Coachman Park.

This is a family friendly event in downtown Clearwater. Enjoy music, food, drinks, local vendors and more family-friendly activities.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks will start about 9-9:30 p.m.  

Boom by the Bay (Tampa)

There will be four different firework displays on the 2.5 miles of Tampa’s waterfront. Here’s a MAP

Armature Works
Noon – 4pm:
Classic American Car Show
4pm – 9pm: Hot Dog Eating Contest, Family Fun Zone, Live Music, Food & Drink on the Lawn
9pm*: Fireworks

Water Works Park
6pm – 9pm:
Food Trucks, Live Entertainment
9pm*: Fireworks

Hard Rock Takeover at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park (see map below)
6pm – 9pm:
Live Music, Family Entertainment, Food Trucks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Experience
9pm*: Fireworks

Tampa Convention Center/The Sail
6pm – 9pm:
Live Entertainment, Food & Drink
9pm*: Fireworks

Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park
6pm – 9pm:
Food Trucks, Live Entertainment
9pm*: Fireworks

Star Spangled Sparkman
4pm – 6pm:
Live Entertainment
6pm – 7pm: Water Ski Show
7 – 7:30pm: Live Entertainment
7:30 – 9pm: Still Surfin’ Beach Boys Tribute Band
9pm*: Fireworks

Fireworks Cruise: the Fish of July (Tampa)

The Tampa Aquarium is hosting a cruise to view the fireworks, which seems like a pretty awesome way to do it.

  • Presented By: Florida Aquarium
  • Dates: July 4, 2019
  • Boarding 7:30 PM
  • Cruise: 8 PM – 10:00 PM
  • 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602 – the Bay Spirit II

Ticket Options: Adult: $59.95; $54.95 for Members
In addition to a great view of the fireworks you’ll get mini Cuban sandwiches and vegetables with dip, DJ entertainment and dancing, along with assorted alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks available for purchase

Bush Gardens Fireworks Display

In my experience you’ll never be disappointed with a theme park fireworks display, they do them all the time and ramp it up for the holiday.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL

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