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The Best 4th of July Fireworks on the Gulf Coast

The Best 4th of July Fireworks on the Gulf Coast

Wait, it’s almost July already? How did that happen? And more importantly, what are you doing on July 4th this year? If you’re on the Gulf Coast of Florida, you’ll have plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day 2017. Spend the day as you please whether it’s on the beach, at the park, around town or out on the water and then decide which of these Florida Fourth of July fireworks displays you’re going to attend. We’ve rounded up the best displays on the Gulf Coast, so you really can’t go wrong with any of them. You can find the full list of Florida Gulf Coast Fourth of July events and festivities here.
Here are our top picks. Which is your favorite?


At the Ball ParkBall Park

Monday, July 3, 2017
Celebrate Independence Day with baseball and post-game fireworks! The Threshers take on the Tampa Yankees at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. Gates open at 5p.m. and cap the night off with a spectacular fireworks show after the game.

In Clearwater

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Celebrate this fourth of July with the largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. This free family celebration features music, food, drinks, local vendors and family-friendly activities. Performance by The Coachman Park Pops Orchestra featuring The Wilsons entertain everyone throughout the night. Gates open at 4p.m. and music begins at 7:30p.m. The fireworks begin between 9-9:30p.m. 




At Busch Gardens Tampa

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
This Independence Day families can celebrate the red, white and blue with a night of thrill rides, live entertainment, and incredible fireworks at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Tampa favorites the Actual Bank Robbers perform on the Gwazi Park main-stage and host a live Summer Nights Dance Challenge and welcome additional special guests. Open from 10a.m. to 10p.m., finish the day with an electrifying, extended fireworks show at 9:30p.m. that illuminate the sky with an all-new patriotic medley in honor of Independence Day.




In Largo

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
It’s an old-fashioned Independence Day party in the park! Head to Largo Central Park where family-friendly fun begins at 6p.m. Enjoy great food, live entertainment and activities for all ages, followed by a spectacular fireworks show starting at approximately 9:15p.m. Be sure to save room for the pie eating contest, or bring some extra cash for t-shirt decorating ($5) or inflatable activities ($10). Admission to the event is free. 

At the Florida Aquarium

Tuesday, July 4, 2017See dazzlingly displays in the sky and sea this Independence Day at the Aquarium! Enjoy family-friendly entertainment, all-American themed dinner options and more. Bring your family to soak up the fun at the new Splash Pad and outdoor plaza. Fireworks take place at 9p.m. with extended hours until 9:30p.m.



Watching Fireworks

In Madeira Beach 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Join the City of Madeira Beach for their annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration! The fireworks display begins at dark (roughly 9:15-9:20) and arelaunched once again from a barge located in the intracoastal off of the Madeira Beach City Centre site. Viewing is available from the Madeira Beach Rec Center Fields, which is free to the public. In addition to the rec fields, there are prime viewing areas on the water at the American Legion and the Courtyard by Marriott in Madeira Beach and other waterfront areas. Boats are welcome as well but are encouraged to steer clear of the fireworks barge and are reminded that there is no mooring off the seawall or the children’s fishing pier that is located at ROC Park.

On the Beach in Redington Shores

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Watch a fireworks display that’s close and convenient to your Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores rental in nearby Redington Shores. The fireworks display happens at the County Beach Access across from the Friendly Tavern beginning at dusk on Tuesday evening, July 4. Grab your favorite beach chair or blanket and enjoy the show. (Img Source: VisitStPetersburgClearwater.com)


Outside Your Indian Rocks Beach or Indian Shores Vacation Rental

Bring your chair or beach blanket and step right outside your condo or vacation rental. See which neighboring fireworks displays you can see and enjoy the show. You can’t beat that convenience!



SPECIAL EVENT: July 4th & July 5th Indian Rocks Beach Cleanup

If you’re looking for something to do on July 4th to help keep Indian Rocks Beach clean and neat, join us for the first annual IRB Beach Cleanup sponsored by Crabby Bill’s Seafood. The event happens on the sand from 11a.m. to 5p.m. 

Volunteers are needed to pass out trash bags to visitors on the 4th of July at various accesses (4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, 18th, 24th) for one hour to help encourage everyone to leave only their footprints behind. While only one volunteer is needed per access, you are more than welcome to bring a friend or spend more time walking the beach and sharing the goal! Thank you in advance for helping us keep Indian Rocks Beach clean during this 4th of July holiday. If you’d like to participate, please sign up for the IRB Beach Cleanup here.

We also invite volunteers to help with cleanup on the morning of July 5th from 8:30a.m. – 10a.m. to collect additional trash found along Indian Rocks Beach. Bags and gloves can be picked up in the office at Crabby Bill’s at 8:15a.m. or will be available at the beach accesses both on the 4th and the 5th of July. If you have a net, feel free to bring one to skim our waters and clean any fireworks debris/garbage. Following a successful cleanup, head on over to Crabby Bill’s Indian Rocks Banquet Room for a complimentary breakfast buffet! 

Where are you enjoying the July 4th fireworks this year? Happy Independence Day! 

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