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The Best 4th of July Events in Tampa Bay 2021

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We’re just BOOMING with excitement over all the amazing 4th of July events in Tampa Bay this year! Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to watch fireworks or where to get some yummy barbecue, you’ve come to the right place. Get ready to celebrate America’s birthday, Tampa Bay!

Best 4th of July Events in Tampa Bay

All American BBQ Festival

Nothing says Fourth of July like BBQ! Enjoy 10+ of the best BBQ vendors in the Tampa Bay area with some amazing cocktails, an array of beer and wine, games, live music and dancing. This event will take place indoors and outdoors so there is plenty of space to stay cool and have fun. 

Saturday, July 3rd | 3PM to 10PM

📍 TPepin Hospitality Centre (4121 N 50th St, Tampa, FL 33610)

July 4th Boat Parade & Blessing of the the Fleet

There’s nothing we love more in Tampa Bay than a boat parade! Celebrate the 4th of July with the Friends of the Riverwalk as they host their inaugural July 4th Boat Parade. The route will be similar to their holiday light boat parade with three blessing stations, paying homage to the Blessing of the Fleet tradition practiced in many fishing and boating communities around the world.

Sunday, July 4th | 5PM to 7PM

📍 Downtown Tampa Riverwalk

Safety Harbor's 4th of July Parade

Wear your red, white, and blue and head to Safety Harbor! The American Legion Auxiliary is hosting a patriotic parade down Main Street the morning of 4th of July.

Sunday, July 4th | 10AM

📍 Main Street, Safety Harbor

St. Pete Pier Run

Gather your friends and family to run 4 on the 4th at the inaugural St. Pete Pier Run! This 4-mile run showcases the incredible St. Pete Pier and St. Pete’s scenic waterfront. 

Sunday, July 4th | 6:30AM

📍 St. Pete Pier

Fetch Social's 4th of July Festivities

Celebrate the 4th with your four-legged friend at Two Shepherds Taproom! They will have prizes and giveaways, a premium brunch, dog mimosas, photoshoot, local vendors, and more. It’s sure to be a “dog”gone good time! 

Sunday, July 4th | 11:30AM to 3:00PM

📍 Two Shepherd’s Taproom (4813 N Grady Ave, Tampa,  FL 33614)

Best Festivities to Watch Fireworks in Tampa Bay on the 4th of July

Boom by the Bay 4th of July Celebration

Boom by the Bay is back and bigger than ever with more locations, more fireworks, and more fun for the whole family! Enjoy Florida’s biggest Independence Day firework display from 6 waterfront locations. Each site will feature activities for all ages, food vendors, entertainment, and fireworks. 

Sunday, July 4th | 7PM to 10PM

📍 Julian B Lane Riverfront Park, presented by the Hard Rock

📍Armature Works

📍Tampa Convention Center

📍 Sparkman Wharf

📍Cutris Hixon Waterfront Park, presented by Tampa Downtown Partnership

📍 Bayshore Boulevard, presented by Coca-Cola

Clearwater Celebrates American at the Ballpark

Celebrate America’s birthday with BayCare Ballpark’s largest firework display in stadium history! The event kicks off at 7PM with a star studded concert by the Black Honkeys Band and fun activities and giveaways for kids of all ages. All of the American classics, like hot dogs, hamburgers, and popcorn, as well as adult beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are required for this event. 

Sunday, July 4th | 7PM to 9:45PM

📍 BayCare Ballpark (601 Old Coachman Rd., Clearwater, FL 33765)

The Fourth: Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks

Head to the St. Pete Pier for the inaugural “The Fourth”, Independence Day Celebration! This three-day event is filled with tons of activities like the St. Pete Pier Run, Silent Disco, Gulp Coast Craft Beer Garden, food trucks, pie eating contest, live music, and more. The traditional Fourth of July fireworks show is scheduled for Sunday, July 4th at 9PM and will be visible from the entire downtown waterfront, including Bayshore Dr., Straub Parks, and Vinoy Park.

July 2-4th | Various Times

📍 St. Pete Pier

Safety Harbor's 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day Safety Harbor style with children’s activities, live entertainments, and food vendors. We recommend watching the firework show from the Marina or the Waterfront Park!

Sunday, July 4th | 9PM

📍 Safety Harbor Waterfront Park (110 Veterans Memorial Ln., Safety Harbor, FL 34695)

Red, White, & Kaboom Independence Celebration at Lake Mirror

Kick off your Independence Day Weekend with the 60 West Band and a dazzling fireworks display at Lake Mirror. The fireworks display launches at 9PM.

July 3rd | 6PM to 9PM

📍 Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror 

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Best Spots to Grab BBQ on 4th of July in Tampa Bay

With no microwave, freezer, or can opener in the back of house, you are guaranteed freshness! Head to the Brisket Shoppe for some brisket this 4th, but be sure to get there early because when it’s sold out, the doors close. 

Sun – Wed: Closed
Thurs – Sat: 11am – SOLD OUT! (3-4pm)
Sat: 9am – SOLD OUT! (2-4pm)

📍4004 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629

Al’s Finger Licking Good BBQ is just that, finger licking good! Located in Ybor, this spot is known for amazing barbecue and soul food favorites like collard greens, fried okra, mac and cheese, and more. 

Sun – Tues | Closed
Wed – Thurs | 11:30am – 3:30pm
Fri – Sat |11:30am – 7:00pm

📍1609 Angel Oliva Sr St 
Tampa, FL  33605

Mon – Thurs | Closed
Fri – Sat | 11:30am – 7pm
Sun | 12pm – 5pm

📍2302 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL  33605

Dunedin Smokehouse

Whether you’re looking to order takeout or a patio to bring your pup this 4th of July, Dunedin Smokehouse is the spot! Enjoy the freshest ingredients and sauces, dressings, and side dishes made from scratch. Don’t forget to try our favorite, the mac and cheese! 

Sun – Thurs |   11AM – 9PM
Friday | 11AM – 10PM
Saturday | 11AM – 11PM

📍 471 Main Street 
Dunedin, FL 34698

BBQ is just what the doctor ordered! Dr. BBQ is bringing “new American barbecue” to St. Pete. Besides the amazing barbecue, the Fried Avocado Wedges and Not Your Nana’s Frito Pie are a must-try!

Mon – Thurs | 11am – 10pm
Fri – Sat | 11am – 11pm
Sun | 11am – 9pm

📍1101 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 33705

Eli's BBQ

Located right off of the Pinellas Trail, Eli’s BBQ is beloved in Dunedin. From chopped pork to ribs to sausage, they’ve got it. Eli’s BBQ sells out quick so be sure to pick up early or call for larger orders.  

Sun – Thurs |   Closed
Friday – Sat  | 11AM – 6PM
*Sells out earlier often 

📍 360 Skinner Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698

With their outdoor patio and shuffle board court, Urban Brew and BBQ is the ultimate spot to indulge on this 4th of July. The BBQ plates and Fried Mac N Cheese Balls are a must-try!

Monday |   Closed
Tues – Sat  | 11AM – 10PM
Sunday | 11AM – 9PM

📍 2601 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Holy Hog Barbecue is a Tampa Bay favorite – no if, ands, or butts about it! From ribs to brisket to homestyle sides, like mac n cheese and baked beans, they’ve got everything you need this 4th of July.

Mon – Sat |  11AM – 9PM
Sunday  | 11AM – 8PM

📍 302 E Kennedy Ave., Tampa, FL  33602

📍 127 E Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon, FL 33511

📍 3699 W Grandy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33611

More Things to do this 4th of July

We could sit here all day and list out all the different things to do, but sadly, there’s never enough time. Check out UNATION to discover even more 4th of July events in Tampa Bay.

Keep an eye on our Instagram  and Facebook pages, too! We’ll be sharing all the inside details on the 4th of July events in Tampa Bay there as well.

However you will be celebrating, make sure to have a safe and happy 4th of July, Tampa Bay! 🇺🇸

Madison Skipper

Madison Skipper

Madison is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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