4th of July, properly known as Independence Day, is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Deceleration of Independence and birthday of the United States of America on July 4, 1776. As Americans, we celebrate this special day in numerous ways, but the most popular is through spectacular fireworks displays! We know you must be wondering where to watch fireworks in Pinellas County and are particularly interested in fireworks in Clearwater, Saint Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, Largo, and beyond! Check out our full and complete list of Best Places To Watch Fireworks | Tampa Bay 2016. (for Tampa scroll to the bottom)
Best Places To Watch Fireworks | Tampa Bay 2016
Coachman Park’s “Clearwater Celebrates America”
The City of Clearwater invites visitor’s to honor America’s independence day with a free firework’s show at Clearwater’s Coachman Park located at 301 Drew St. The red-white-and-blue event kicks off at 4pm and offers visitors the chance to purchase food and drinks from local vendors as well as hands-on activities for kids and a concert which kicks off at 7:30pm. The Clearwater firework’s show begins promptly at 9:30pm. The Clearwater Gas “Spark The Sky” firework’s display is not to be missed and fun for the whole family.
St. Pete Museum of Fine Art’s 4th of July Buffet
American’s sure do love to eat, right? Celebrate America’s big day with the 4th of July Fireworks Buffet at the Museum of Fine Arts hosted in the glass conservatory. The event, of course, features an all American buffet which includes hickory smoked chicken, BBQ grilled salmon, a slider bar with pulled pork and brisket, and an American beef hot dog stand with all the toppings. Live entertainment, access to a variety of art galleries, and a stunning view of firework’s over Tampa Bay will make this an unforgettable buffet experience. Reservations are available from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Safety Harbor Marina
Beautiful Safety Harbor will be lighting up the Gulf of Mexico with a lovely fireworks display starting at 9pm. The best areas for viewing are either at the marina or the waterfront park so get there a little early if you want to snag the best spot. Leading up to the fireworks in Safety Harbor, there will be live entertainment, food vendors, and fun for kids of all ages! The evening festivities start at 5pm.
St. Pete’s “Fireworks Across The Bay”
Looking for some patriotic family fun that isn’t filled with loud music, tons of vendors, or the general holiday hubbub? Head on down to St. Pete’s Spa Beach Park, bring your beach chair, picnic blanket, or the back of your truck, and settle in to watch a spectacular fireworks display over Tampa Bay.
Gulfport Beach’s 4th of July Celebration
At 9:15pm, the City of Gulfport will kick off its fireworks show off the coast of Gulfport Beach. In case you didn’t know, Gulfport Beach is right next to the vintage Gulfport Casino so you will have a hard time missing it, even with all of the 4th of July traffic. Gulfport’s “Downtown Waterfront District” will be celebrating the occasion all day long with a block party featuring children’s activities, food, and crafts vendors.
Largo Central Park
How does it get more “American” than an evening filled with BBQ and sports at the park? Largo Central Park’s 4th of July celebration starts at 6pm and will feature all sorts of family fun including a pie eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, live entertainment, and great food. The highlight of the night is the much anticipated fireworks show which starts at roughly 9:15pm. Bring some cash if you are interested in decorating a t-shirt or running wild on one of the many giant inflatables that will be present.
Looking to watch fireworks in Pinellas County on July 3rd?
Do you have plans on 4th of July but do not want to miss the fireworks? Here are two options to consider Tampa Bay:
July 3rd Fireworks at Clearwater’s Bright House Field
Whether you are looking to get your fireworks fix two days in a row, have plans Monday night, or are just looking to relax at the ball game, head out to Clearwater’s Bright House Field to watch the Threshers take on the Brevard County Manatees. The all-American fun starts at 6:15pm and the day will end with a spectacular fireworks display after the game. If your team didn’t win, at least you got the chance to see some fireworks in Pinellas, right?
July 3rd Fireworks at Dunedin Blue Jay’s Game
The only thing better than baseball is FREE baseball! The Dunedin Blue Jays will play the Tampa Yankees at 5 pm in the heart of Dunedin. Arrive early to score your free ticket and stay late to enjoy a lovely fireworks display after the game.
Need to know where to watch fireworks across the pond in Tampa? We’ve got you covered with:
4th of July Fireworks and Parade Guide 2016 | Tampa Bay ~ Check it out, there are some fun and unusual things to do on this list including watching from an old victory ship!
Where is your favorite place to watch fireworks in Pinellas County? Let us know in the comments and we may add your suggestion to the list!
This article was written by 727area.com Local Contributor Victoria Yore, you can also follow Victoria on her blog: Follow Me Away.