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Feel free to celebrate, appreciate

By SANDEE DAVIES
Published July 1, 2007


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Americans celebrating Independence Day will pull out all the stops Wednesday. In the bay area, think tons of food, entertainment, patriotic reveling and, of course, fireworks. Check out this list and find a place where you can commemorate the holiday with family and friends.

1 Today

PINELLAS PARK

'Freedom, a Salute to American Liberty': Patriotic production featuring a multimedia inspirational musical program with special lighting, indoor fireworks and more, 6 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Park Place Wesleyan Church, 4400 70th Ave. Includes a tribute to the men and women in the armed services. Free. Call 526-3674.

3 Tuesday

PINELLAS PARK

Freedom Fest: Concert featuring national Christian recording artist Mark Schultz and special guests Steadfast 190 and inC, 6-9 p.m., Town Square Plaza Park, 5010 81st Ave. N. Fireworks follow the concert. Also inflatables and entertainment for the kids and concessions. Free. Call 546-1196.

4 Wednesday

GULFPORT

All-day par-tay: The town starts the day of celebrating bright and early with an 8 a.m. kids Star Spangled Fishing Derby at the Recreation Center Seawall and a sand castle contest at 10 a.m. Enjoy a patriotic kids pageant and stick around for food, arts and crafts, and children's activities. Live music is from 4-10 p.m. with Johnny and the Rockets; parade is at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. The event is free. Call 893-1067.

KENNETH CITY/ LEALMAN

Parade and carnival: A joint celebration starts with a parade at 9 a.m. that will begin at 54th Avenue and 62nd Street N and head east on 54th to 58th Street, then south to 46th Avenue. A carnival with kids games and free hot dogs, hamburgers, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy and drinks follows the parade in the Kenneth City Park, 4600 58th St. N. Free. Call 526-5650, ext. 549.

LARGO

At Largo Central Park: Enjoy an evening of music, food and fireworks from 6-10 in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Concessions are available, and music is provided by Courtney Jans and the Black Honkeys. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Event is free with limited on-site parking for $5. Free parking with a shuttle service from Pinellas County School Board and Largo High School, plus park and walk from Largo Central Elementary School and Largo Middle School. No pets, coolers, personal fireworks or alcoholic beverages. Call 587-6740, ext. 5017.

LARGO

Musical performance: Freedom honors the armed forces and celebrates freedom, 4:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road. Burgers, barbecue sandwiches, beans, slaw, beverages and desserts follow. Performance is free; meal is $5. Call 595-3421.

Madeira Beach

Fireworks: Display at 9 p.m. over the Intracoastal Waterway at the ballfield behind City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive. Fireworks can be viewed from City Hall, the recreation area, American Legion Drive, Madeira Shopping Plaza and Madeira Beach Middle School. Call 391-3400.

Redington Beach

Picnic and games: Redington Beach residents and friends are invited to kick up the sand and snack on hot dogs and a potluck picnic starting at 4 p.m. on the beach west of the Town's Beach Park, at Gulf Boulevard and 160th Avenue E. An evening of patriotic fun and games for all ages is planned. For more information or to help, call 394-8976 or e-mail the Redington Beach Property Owners Association at rbpoa@tampabay.rr.com.

St Pete Beach

Fireworks: Display at 9 p.m. in the County Park area, 4700 Gulf Blvd., with limited parking there. Visible from along St. Pete Beach. Call 363-9207.

St. Petersburg

Music, fireworks: Enjoy a toe tapping performance of patriotic music performed by FloriMezzo Summer Wind Ensemble outside the Mahaffey Theater on the plaza of the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First St. S. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Grounds open at 5 p.m. The performance begins at 7, followed by St. Petersburg's spectacular fireworks display over the bay. Concessions on sale. Free. Call 892-5767.

Treasure Island

Snap, crackle, pop: Fireworks on the beach, 9 p.m. dusk, Gulf Boulevard and 112th Avenue. Call 547-4575.

[Last modified June 30, 2007, 23:12:58]


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