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Florida has Fourth of July festivities set to go boom

Florida Fourth of July roundup: Here's a rundown of where you can find hot dogs, watermelon, Uncle Sams on stilts and of course fireworks around the state.

The Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday in 2017, and most Florida cities have lined up their biggest booms for the nation's actual birthday.

Others have opted to celebrate on Monday, July 3 and there are few events feting America's independence on the July 1-2 weekend.

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Here's a rundown of where you can find hot dogs, watermelon, Uncle Sams on stilts and of course fireworks around the state.

CENTRAL FLORIDA

July 1: Daytona Coke Zero 400, Daytona Beach. Celebrate Independence Day by watching NASCAR's elite compete at Daytona International Speedway, a family tradition among die-hard racing fans. It's nighttime racing at its best, followed by a spectacular fireworks extravaganza. Saturday night features a 400-mile Sprint Cup race under the lights while the Xfinity Series Firecracker 250 will run Friday night. Admission prices vary. 800-748-7867. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

July 3: Red Hot and Boom, Altamonte Springs. Popular festival that includes live music from nationally and internationally known entertainers, as well as an awesome fireworks display and food-beverage booths. This year's entertainment lineup in 2017 include Austin Mahone, Kaleo, Hey Violet and AJR. Sponsored by the City of Altamonte Springs and XL 106.7 FM, it is Central Florida's largest Independence Day celebration. The event runs from 4-11 p.m. At Cranes Roost Park. Free admission. 407-571-8857. www.altamonte.org/index.aspx?NID=701

July 3: Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash, Orlando. A relaxed, family-friendly Fourth of July celebration in Baldwin Park with room to lay out blankets in Harbor Park and watch fireworks from the shores of Lake Baldwin. The streets are closed off, restaurants are open, and the event features a radio DJ stage, vendors and general hometown feel. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Baldwin Park Village Center, New Broad St. www.baldwinparkevents.com

July 3: Freedom on the Waterfront, Mount Dora. Independence Day celebration with a parade, live music and fireworks, starting at 5 p.m. Call 352-735-7183 for more information. An Independence Day parade will take place on the 4th. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, 352-385-1418. Free. At Elizabeth Evans Park. http://ci.mount-dora.fl.us/index.aspx?NID=229

July 3-4: Walt Disney World July Fourth Celebrations, Lake Buena Vista. This year's patriotic highlights include "Celebrate America — A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky!" at Magic Kingdom at 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, a special addition to Epcot's "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" on July 4 as well as the Voices of Liberty acapella group's July 4 concerts at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. All Fourth of July celebrations are included in the regular admission price. 407-934-7639. disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/4th-of-july-at-walt-disney-world-resort/

July 4: Fourth of July at SeaWorld, Orlando. A special patriotic fireworks addition will be added to the park's summer nighttime fireworks and laser display "Ignite." The park is also offering an Independence Day Dinner with Shamu Package. Complete with a buffet dinner and a reserved VIP area to watch the fireworks. Packages are available at for $99 per adult and $49 for children. The Independence Day fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. Reserved seating packages will be available at the park for $39. SeaWorldOrlando.com

July 4: Red, White & Boom!, Clermont. An all-day, fourth of July celebration at Waterfront Park, ending with fireworks over Lake Minneola. 300 3rd St. Free. 352-394-3943. www.lakecountyfl.gov

July 4: Watermelon 5K, Winter Park. Central Park downtown is the site of this annual celebration with a 5K and watermelon eating contest. The 5K begins at 7 a.m., followed by a watermelon eating contest at 8 a.m. A free kids run will begin at 8:15 a.m. All runners are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes to an hour early. Entry fees vary by date of purchase, beginning at $30. Proceeds will benefit the Track Shack Foundation, an organization that promotes health and fitness with an emphasis on youth programs. 407-896-1160. 251 Park Avenue South. www.trackshack.com

July 4: Star Spangled Sanford, Sanford. A family-oriented holiday extravaganza with live entertainment, games, family activities and concessions, this event culminates with one of the largest fireworks shows in Central Florida. Festivities take place along at Fort Mellon Park, 600 E 1st St. 4-10 p.m. Admission is free, with parking as low as $5. www.sanfordfl.gov

July 4: Fireworks at the Fountain, Orlando. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon around beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando with games, activities, live entertainment and delicious food, followed by a fabulous 30-minute fireworks display at night. Admission is free. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 321-281-2185. www.cityoforlando.net

July 4: Independence Day Celebration, Ormond Beach. Holiday celebration featuring food, music, games, arts and crafts, inflatables and, of course, fireworks. At Rockefeller Gardens and City Hall, 22 S Beach St. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. www.festivalnet.com

July 4: 4th of July Celebration, Winter Park. The City of Winter Park is celebrating from 9 a.m. to noon in Central Park. Mayor Steve Leary will lead a special presentation at 9:15 a.m. from the main stage. Wear your red, white and blue, bring a blanket or beach chair, and gather with family and friends to enjoy this Winter Park tradition. www.cityofwinterpark.org

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WEST COAST

June 30-July 1: Kiafest Main Street Blast, Newport Richey. Kiafest Main Street Blast, Newport Richey. Kiafest Main Street Blast is the annual Independence Day celebration before the Fourth of July at Sims Park. On the agenda are activities, music, arts and crafts, children's area and fireworks. Sims Park is at 6341 Banks Street. Free. www.nprmainstreet.com

July 4: Clearwater Celebrates America, Clearwater. The largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. This free family celebration will feature music, food, drinks, local vendors and family-friendly activites. Live music by Nashville recording artist Aubrey Wollett, Clearwater's own The Ries Brothers, and a performance by The Coachman Park Pops Orchestra featuring The Wilsons. Gates open at 4 p.m. and music will begin at 7:30 p.m. The fireworks will begin between 9-9:30 p.m. 301 Drew St. www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/event-guide/fourth-july-festivities

July 4: 4th of July Celebrations, Safety Harbor. The day will start with a patriotic parade down Main Street from 10 a.m. to noon. In the evening, there will be children's activities, live entertainment, and food vendors starting at 5 p.m. Grab a good seat in the marina or the waterfront park to watch the fireworks display lighting up the sky at 9 p.m. Downtown Safety Harbor. www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/event-guide/fourth-july-festivities

July 4: Fireworks Across the Bay Celebration, St. Petersburg. Grab your lawn chairs and come watch the spectacular fireworks display over Tampa Bay. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at St. Pete's Spa Beach Park. 615 2nd Ave NE. www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/event-guide/fourth-july-festivities

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July 4: July 4th Celebration, Gulfport. Celebrate Independence Day all day long with fun kids activities along with live entertainment from Keith Jones and The Makeshifts. The Downtown Waterfront District hosts this family-friendly Fourth of July block party. Fireworks kick off at 9 p.m. on the Gulfport beach near the Gulfport Casino. Downtown Waterfront District. www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/event-guide/fourth-july-festivities

July 4: 4th of July Celebration, Largo. Old-fashioned Independence Day party at Largo Central Park with family-friendly fun starting at 6 p.m. with food, live entertainment and activities for all ages, followed by a fireworks show starting at approximately 9:15 p.m. Save room for the pie eating contest, or bring some extra cash for t-shirt decorating ($5) or inflatable activities ($10). Admission to the event is free. 101 Central Park Dr. www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/event-guide/fourth-july-festivities

July 4: Red, White & Blue Festival, Tampa. Hundreds of families come to Tampa Riverwalk in Channelside at Cotanchobee Park right across from the Tampa History Center and Amalie Arena. Live music, the "All American Food Court," "PatriARTic Bar" where adults can sign up, grab a canvas and enjoy painting in the park. Also on hand is the "American Art Lounge" highlighting exhibitions of local artists, jewelers, and craft designers. Children can enjoy face painting and carnival games, family competitions. There will be raffle prizes and activities giveaways. Best dressed in patriotic attire will also win a gate prize. Channelside fireworks at night. Free. 6-10 p.m. 601 Channelside Dr. 813-447-8538. www.visittampabay.com/tampa-events

July 4: 4th of July Fireworks Cruise, Sanibel Island. Join Adventures in Paradise on this Independence Day cruise filled with fireworks. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $59. www.adventureinparadiseinc.com

July 4: Red, White and Boom, Cape Coral. More than 30,000 people attend this annual festival that's big enough to close down local streets. There will be live music, fireworks and more with festivities beginning at 5 p.m., ending at 10:30 p.m. Event takes place on Cape Coral Parkway at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge. www.capeboom.com

SOUTH FLORIDA

July 4: Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks Show, Marathon. For one of the Keys' largest and longest fireworks displays, families gather for a full day of activities in Marathon for a patriotic parade that begins around 10:30 a.m. and proceeds from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road (MM 50 oceanside) to free-admission Sombrero Beach, where a daylong celebration features food, drink, kids' crafts and entertainment, capped off after dark with fireworks. Marathon is known as the Boating Destination of the Keys, and hundreds of boaters line up in front of the beach for a preferred view of the festivities. 305-743-5417

July 4: America's Birthday Bash, Miami. Largest Independence Day celebration in South Florida. Enjoy live music, food and drink, children's activities and a 30-minute fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m.. Park opens at 10 a.m. Free. At Bayfront Park. www.miami4thofjuly.com

July 4: Old Fashioned Fourth at Flamingo Gardens, Davie. Celebrate Independence Day 1930s style. Barbecue and picnic lunches at the Flamingo cafe, jazz and swing music, vintage model A cars. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 954-473-2955. www.flamingogardens.org

July 4: Salute to Independence, Boynton Beach. The city celebrates in spectacular style with the region's largest Independence Day celebration. Features food, concerts, fireworks and more along the city's waterfront. At Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Hwy. Free. www.boynton-beach.org

July 4: July Fourth Celebration, Delray Beach. Family-friendly celebration featuring a sand sculpture contest, music, children's activities, live entertainment on the beach, food, and a fireworks display. Events start at 8 a.m. and last all day, culminating in a fireworks spectacle at 9 p.m. On the beach at the intersection of A1A and Atlantic Avenue. www.downtowndelraybeach.com

July 4: Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Picnic at The Barnacle Historic State Park, Coconut Grove. Celebrate Independence Day the good old fashioned way with hot food, live music, games, crafts, and fun for the whole family. Admission $5 adults, $3 ages 6-12, children under 6 are free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.miamiandbeaches.com

NORTH FLORIDA & THE PANHANDLE

July 4: 4th of July Concert & Fireworks, St. Augustine. The 4th of July Concert & Fireworks in St. Augustine starts at 6 p.m. with the All Star Orchestra performing in the Plaza de la Constitucion. At 9:30 p.m., one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast bursts above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflects in the waters of Matanzas Bay. Admission is free with the best vantage points along the bay front between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. http://augustine.com/event/fourth-july-fireworks-and-concert

July 4: Sertoma's 4th of July Celebration, Pensacola. Activities such as pony riding, hot dog eating contests, and arts and crafts will begin at 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. 850-434-1234. Bayside Park. www.visitpensacola.com

July 4: Riverfest, Milton. The Milton Riverwalk in Downtown Milton sets the scene for the July 4 Riverfest to celebrate Independence Day. The fest features various activities, arts and crafts booths and fireworks. Event hours are from 10 a.m. until dark. 850-623-2339. For details, visit www.srcchamber.com

July 4: Salute to Freedom, Panama City Beach. Come celebrate Independence Day at the city and county piers with great live music, lots of food, and plenty of vendors starting at 2 p.m. www.pcbeach.org

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July 4: Star Spangled Spectacular, Panama City. There will be live music, food and more at the city and county piers to celebrate the Fourth of July. www.visitpanamacitybeach.com

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