Cool Places to Watch July 4th 2016 Fireworks in Tampa Bay


Independence Day isn't a celebration without a good fireworks display. Yes, you can watch it live on NBC, but it isn't the same as being at a display in-person.

Here in the Tampa Bay area, we are blessed with the chance to view fireworks in many different locations. Want to see them by the water? You can. Want to see them over a large field? We have that option for you too.

Check out this list of places to see fireworks this 4th of July for free and a few at cost.

Channelside Bay Plaza 4th of July Celebration in Tampa. Live music and entertainment begin at 6 p.m. and typically ends around 10 p.m on July 4th. Visit www.channelsidebayplaza.com for more information.

4th of July Parade & Fireworks in Temple Terrace.Festivities begin at 10 am with a parade starting at Whiteway and Gillette ending at the Temple Terrace Little League Fields. The evening holds vendors, music with fireworks starting at 9:15 pm at the Temple Terrace Golf Course. For more information, visit the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce.

Celebrate Fourth of July at Busch Gardens. Fireworks light up over SheiKra around 9 pm. The fun is included with the price of a ticket. For more information, visit Busch Gardens online.

Clearwater Celebrates America at Coachman Park. The city of Clearwater hosts the festivities from 4 pm until the fireworks end between 9 and 10 pm on July 4th. Plenty of vendors available. A list of full details can be found on the city's events' page.

FIREWORKS! across the Bay in St. Petersburg. The city of St. Petersburg celebrates with fireworks as early as 8:30 pm and as late as 10 pm, weather permitting. You can view them along the waterfront near the Bayshore Drive. More details are located on the Parks and Recreations page.

Sparklebration at the Pasco County Fairgrounds.The event features eating contests, skydivers, animals and other family activities. Gates open at 4:00 pm. $5 admission and $5 parking is required. For more information, visit the Pasco County Fair site.

All American Barbecue at the Selby Gardens. The event in Sarasota boasts custom crafted cocktails and even open bar for those who purchase VIP tickets. Prices for admission range from $10-$150. Visit Selby Gardens for more information.

Fourth of July Parade and Celebration in Safety Harbor. Start your 4th off with a parade down Main Street and end your day at the Marina with family entertainment and fireworks which start at 9 pm. For more information visit the City of Safety Harbor's event site.

July 4th Fireworks on the Manatee River. Fireworks are launched from the barge on the river around 9 pm. The best viewpoint is the Bradenton Riverwalk and Pier 22. Visit Realize Bradenton for more information.

4th of July Celebration in Gulfport. This day-long celebration at and near the recreation center, starts at 8 am with a fishing derby, moves on to a sand sculpture contest, then Kidzone, live music, art and vendors leading up to the 9 pm fireworks display. Visit MyGulfport for more information.

Fourth of July Celebration in Largo. The event at Largo Central Park spans from 6 pm to 9:30 pm and is free. Activities do require a paid wristband and some parking may be available at $10 per car. For more details, please visit the City of Largo's page.

If you want to start your fireworks viewing on the 3rd of July, check out the Clearwater Threshers Game at the Bright House Field or the Dunedin Blue Jays Game at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Did we miss any activities? Comment below. Which ones are you planning to attend? Which are your favorite?

Ebony T. Grimsley-Vaz is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the author of "Because You're Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation" which is sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other stores and a contributor to various media outlets.