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An old-fashioned Fourth

Celebrate with a picnic, music and, of course, fireworks.

By AMARIS CASTILLO
Published July 4, 2007


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CLEARWATER - Get ready to whip out your American flags. The 17th annual Clearwater Celebrates America continues today at Coachman Park.

The free celebration will feature a day's worth of music, entertainment, games, food and fireworks.

"We try to create something for everybody, " said Terry Schmidt, special events manager for the city of Clearwater. "It's like an old-fashioned picnic."

The event kicked off Tuesday with music by The Outlaws and Starship.

Today gates open at 2 p.m.

The Mostly Pops Orchestra with John, Mary K. and Paul Wilson, a local family known for vocal performances, will perform at 7:30 p.m., with fireworks to follow.

Organizers say you should leave your coolers, pets, canopies and personal fireworks at home. Vendors will offer food and drinks. There also will be arts and crafts as well as children's activities.

Clearwater events coordinator Brian Craig said the celebration is always one of the park's more enjoyable events.

"The fireworks definitely separate it and set it off, " he said.

Craig said as many as 10, 000 people have shown up to the event in the past.

"They'll always come out for the Fourth of July, " he said. "It's always a fun and festive event."

Clearwater Celebrates America

Today: Gates open at 2 p.m. The Mostly Pops Orchestra with John, Mary K. and Paul Wilson plays at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Where: Coachman Park, Clearwater

Admission: Free

Not allowed: Coolers, pets, canopies and personal fireworks

Information: www.myclearwater.com

Largo

Enjoy an evening of fireworks, entertainment and food from 6 to 10 tonight at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Bring chairs and blankets. No pets, coolers, alcohol, or personal fireworks, including sparklers. Call 587-6775.

Safety Harbor

The Safety Harbor Independence Day Celebration will have music, live entertainment and fireworks at the Safety Harbor Marina and the City Marina. The event starts at 5 p.m. today. Fireworks are planned for 9 p.m. No personal fireworks, including sparklers, are allowed. Call 724-1572.

Tarpon Springs

Get the best view of the Tarpon Springs Independence Day fireworks display, which begins at sundown today, from Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Drive. The park, beach and causeway all will be open. No alcohol or fireworks, including sparklers, are allowed. Call 938-3711.

[Last modified July 3, 2007, 22:09:17]


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