Monday, July 4, Gates open at 4 p.m.
Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.
Free General Admission
More info: 562-4700, myclearwater.com/events
Stars And Squirts Kid’s Zone 4-8 p.m.
Aubrey Wollett 4 p.m.
The Ries Brothers 5:30 p.m.
Coachman Park Pops Orchestra feat. The Wilsons 7:30 p.m.
Clearwater Gas ‘Spark the Sky’ Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
The city of Clearwater invites visitors to honor America's Independence Day at Clearwater Celebrates America, featuring the Clearwater Gas ‘Spark the Sky’ fireworks display.
On July 4, 2016, Coachman Park will serve as the picturesque waterfront setting for the celebration, providing spectators with up-close views of the Tampa Bay area's largest fireworks display.
The patriotic festival kicks-off at 4 p.m., offering visitors the chance to experience specialty items and foods from local vendors and explore a variety of kid-friendly activities before the dazzling fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.
Visitors will enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the celebration, including the Annual Mascot Meet & Greet Parade of Clearwater's most famous faces. From 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., spectators will watch the mascots as they parade through the park.
Live music by Nashville recording artist and Dunedin’s own Aubrey Wollett, Clearwater’s own The Ries Brothers and a performance by The Coachman Park Pops Orchestra featuring The Wilsons will also entertain guests throughout the evening. The night’s biggest attraction will be the Clearwater Gas “Spark the Sky” fireworks display. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the stunning fireworks show will begin between 9-9:30 p.m.
This year’s guest speaker will be Chief Master Sergeant Melanie Noel from MacDill Air Force Base. “Troop Rewards is honored to be the charity partner with the city of Clearwater and welcome our special guest, MacDill’s Command Chief Melanie Noel, as we honor our military families and celebrate our country’s birthday," Tom Burkett said, Founder of Troop Rewards, a Tampa based 501(c)3 non-profit. “Our mission is to provide RnR Recovery Vacations for our country’s deployed Armed Forces, and their families, when they return home to re-bond with loved ones and aid their reintegration process." Burkett added.
A unique attraction to this year’s event is an area where guests will be able to create thank you cards that will be delivered to our service men and women. Visitors can also sign a banner for our veterans, thanking them for their sacrifice and service.
A reminder for those traveling around downtown Clearwater or the beach, the Memorial Causeway Bridge will close 30 minutes before the fireworks begin and will not be reopened until after the fireworks are over and the bridge is inspected. For those wanting to watch the fireworks, you are encouraged to get to downtown Clearwater early to beat the traffic and to easily find a parking spot.
Coachman Park is located in downtown Clearwater, on the northeast corner of the Memorial Causeway. For parking information, visit myclearwater.com/parking. For more information on Clearwater Celebrates America, call (727) 562-4554.