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Happy July 4th! Happy Birthday, America!
Fireworks will light up the skies from Channelside Bay Plaza. The fireworks show starts at 9:15 p.m. today. Admission is free, but bring cash for parking. The Independence Day event includes live music, entertainment, food vendors and fireworks described as “the best fireworks in Tampa on the water.” The celebration is family-friendly. Channelside Bay Plaza recommends the wharf as the best place to watch the fireworks. Space will be limited to the first 3,500 people. The Garrison Street Gate opens at 7 p.m. Security safety stations also will be set up for screeners to check bags, shopping bags and any bulky items brought to this event. No lawn chairs, coolers or personal fireworks are allowed. Paid parking is available at the garage across the street from the complex and at lots between Channelside and the Tampa Bay Times Forum. For more, go to http://www.channelsidebayplaza.com.
Bank of America presents 4th of July Free Day at the Tampa Bay History Museum. All visitors get in free. Hours today are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Costumed actors depicting the Civil War, Spanish American War, Seminole War and World War II will interact with museum visitors. The museum recommends watching the evening Channelside fireworks at nearby Cotanchobee Park. The Tampa Bay History Museum is located at 801 Old Water Street in the Channelside district. For more information, go to http://www.tampabayhistorymuseum.org or call 813-228-0097.
City of Tampa and Hillsborough County administrative offices also are closed today. County libraries, recreation centers, Head Start and Early Head Start Centers and nutrition sites also will be closed. Regional parks are open.
There will be no collections of trash, yard waste or recylables on July 4th. Service resumes on the next scheduled day. For more, go to http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/CivicAlerts