Fourth of July Events in Tampa Bay 2018

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Independence Day is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to figure out how to celebrate. This year, there are a number of cool Fourth of July events in Tampa for you to choose from. To help you out, here’s a list of the best events with all the information you need to plan your Independence Day celebration.


Independence Day, July 4th, the Fourth of July – whatever you call it, the Fourth is an amazing holiday celebrating America, our history and our culture.  July 4th celebrations throughout Tampa Bay, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, including Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach are amazing opportunities to spend the Fourth of July with friends and family.  We’ve got an awesome list of Forth of July events in the Tampa Bay area for you – from 4th of July fireworks, to parades, sporting events, and beach fests, it’s all here.

Have the best 4th of July ever!  We’ll update this throughout July 4, so keep checking back!

Check out these Fourth of July Events in Tampa


Tampa 4th of July at The Independence Run 5K/10K 

Sunday, June 30th | 8am 

If you’re looking to start your celebrating early, you can do just that at the Independence Run 5K/10K! This run will take place in Al Lopez Park the Sunday before the Fourth of July. You can choose whether you want to participate in the 5K walk/run or in the 10K run, but no matter which you prefer, you will get a t-shirt, a custom finisher’s medal, race timing and free photo access.

Temple Terrace 4th of July Parade & Fireworks 

Wednesday, July 4 | 10am – 12pm | 6pm – 9pm

For a fun parade, head to the Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex in the morning of the 4th of July. Then, at night, the celebration will continue with food vendors, music, and even a fireworks show.

Tampa July 4th Red, White & Blue Festival 

Wednesday, July 4 | 2pm – 7pm

This year, the Red, White & Blue Festival is a celebration you don’t want to miss. At this free event in Cotanchobee Park, there will be contests, raffles, a food court, live performances, carnival games and much more! There is also a Made in America Zone featuring local artists, crafters, and products. You can register for free and enter your name into the raffles here.

Fourth of July Tampa Fireworks Cruises 

Wednesday, July 4 | 7pm – 9:30pm

The Tampa Yacht Starship cruises are perfect for your Independence Day celebration. You can choose to go on the dinner cruise, the VIP dinner cruise, or the viewing cruise. Each option will provide you with a fun celebration and a great view of the fireworks shows in downtown Tampa. Tickets sell out early, so make sure to get yours soon.

Tampa Bay 4th of July at Busch Gardens Independence Day 

Wednesday, July 4 | All Day

Busch Gardens never fails to deliver great holiday celebrations and the Fourth of July events are no different! If you want to celebrate at the park, you can enjoy the daily fun of roller coasters, rides, shows and more at your favorite local amusement park. Then, at night, you can stay to watch the extended fireworks show! This celebration is included with your daily park admission or pass.


Clearwater Fourth of July Picnic in Craig Park 

Wednesday, July 4 | 10am – 2pm

The Fourth of July Picnic celebration includes a water slide, paddle boarding, inflatables, lawn games, and even free hot dogs (while supplies last). There will also be a hot dog eating contest at noon as well as live entertainment provided by Rusty Trumpet from 11am to 2pm.

Safety Harbor 4th of July Parade and Celebration 

Wednesday, July 4 | 10am – 12pm | 5pm – 9pm

Head to Main Street in Safety Harbor for a patriotic Independence Day parade. Make sure to wear your red, white and blue for the celebration! Then, at night, you can come back to the Safety Harbor marina for even more fun at the 4th of July celebration. There will be live entertainment, children’s activities, food vendors and more. And of course, you don’t want to miss the fireworks show at 9pm.

Clearwater Celebrates America July 4th Celebration 

Wednesday, July 4 | 4pm

The largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area is here! At Coachman Park, you can enjoy the Clearwater Celebrates America event with music, food, drinks, activities, local vendors, and more. The fireworks show will occur at 9-9:30pm.

Largo 4th of July Celebration 

Wednesday, July 4 | 6pm

This 4th of July celebration is the perfect way to honor Independence Day while having lots of fun. There will be food, entertainment, a pie eating contest, t-shirt decorating, inflatable activities and much more. And of course, you won’t want to miss the fireworks show at 9:15pm.

Fourth of July Clearwater Fireworks Dinner Cruise 

Wednesday, July 4 | 7pm – 10pm

The Clearwater Yacht Starship dinner cruise is the perfect place to celebrate this year’s Independence Day. There will be a 4th of July buffet, an open bar, a live DJ, dancing, and a beautiful view of the fireworks from Coachman Park. Tickets sell out early, so make sure to get yours soon.

Gulfport’s July Fourth Celebration 

Wednesday, July 4th | All Day

This Independence Day Celebration is an all day event! In the morning, there will be a fishing derby, a family sand sculpture contest, and more. At 6pm, you can watch the Independence Day parade and finish the night off with a beautiful fireworks show at 9pm on Gulfport Beach. Craig Park Picnic


Pasco July 4th Celebration at Avalon Park West 

Wednesday, July 4 | 5pm – 9pm

For a celebration including food trucks, community performances, bike parades, contests and much more, head to Avalon Park West! This event is free to the public. There will also be a fireworks show for you to enjoy!

Fireworks Shows

If you’re looking for just a fireworks show to attend, here are some you’re sure to love! These shows do not include other activities besides the fireworks. If you’d rather attend a full celebration along with your fireworks, check out the fourth of July events above!

Treasure Island Fourth of July Fireworks 

Wednesday, July 4 | 9pm

This show will occur at Treasure Island Park at 9pm. Parking is $10-$15 per vehicle.

Fireworks Across the Bay Celebration 

Wednesday, July 4 | 9pm

At St Pete’s Spa Beach Park, you’ll find a fireworks show to remember.


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