July 4th isn’t just about fireworks and hot dogs. 

July 4th was declared a federal legal holiday by Congress in 1941. It is one of the few federal holidays that has never been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.

Three former Presidents died on the Fourth of July – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who both died in 1826 on the 50thAnniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and James Monroe, who died in 1831.

The July 4th holiday landing on a Wednesday is a bummer, but it’s not like many people plan to celebrate it anyway.   According to anew poll by Visa, only 21% of Americans have plans for the Fourth, and those who are celebrating are doing so on a budget. The poll reveals that Independence Day revelers are only spending an average of $191, whether it’s on travel, food or fireworks. That amount is down from $216 last year.
  • Fireworks in Tampa
    Wednesday, July 4
    9 p.m. - Fireworks over the channel
    Florida Aquarium, Tampa
  • July 4th Celebration
    Wednesday, July 4
    6 p.m. - Stadium gates open
    Inflatables, face painting, corn hole beanbag toss, volleyball, tug-o-war, live music
    9:15 p.m. - Fireworks show
    Admission is free, parking is $5
    Plant City Stadium, Plant City

Brandon Blast: Westfield Brandon is celebrating Independence Day with live bands, family entertainment and dining; 5 p.m. Wednesday; Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center Drive, Brandon; (813) 661-5100

Freedom Festival: The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel celebrates the Fourth of July with a bicycle parade, watermelon and hot dog eating contests, band competition, Mr. & Miss Firecracker Pageant, and grand finale show (9 p.m.); 4 p.m. Tuesday; free; The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel; (813) 994-2242

  • Red, White and Zoo Week
    July 1 through July 7
    Members of the military can get free admission for themselves and three direct dependents with valid military ID.
    Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa
  • Freedom Fest: Fourth of July Celebration
    Wednesday, July 4
    12 p.m. - live music, family fun zone and fireworks
    Event is free
    Town Square Plaza Park, Pinellas Park
  • 4th of July Fireworks
    Wednesday, July 4
    Display begins at dusk
    County park across from Dolphin Village, St. Pete Beach
  • All American Family July 4th Celebration
    Wednesday, July 4
    12 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Watermelon-eating contest, stand-up paddle boards, wiffle ball tournament and more.
    8:45 p.m. - Fireworks
    Beach at 106th and Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island
  • Largo Fourth of July Celebration
    Wednesday, July 4
    Music by DJ Phil Pasek, fireworks, activities and food
    Admission is free; parking is $5.
    Largo Central Park, Largo
  • Gulfport's Fourth of July Celebration
    Wednesday, July 4
    8 a.m. - Kids fishing derby at recreation center
    10 a.m. - Sand sculpting contest
    6 p.m. - Parade
    9 p.m. - Fireworks display
    Beach Blvd., Gulfport
  • Safety Harbor Fourth of July
    Wednesday, July 4
    10 a.m. - Parade
    5 p.m. - Activities, live entertainment, food and fireworks
    Safety Harbor City Marina
  • Clearwater Celebrates America
    Wednesday, July 4
    4 p.m. - Doors open
    Concerts by the Wilsons and the Mostly Pops Orchestra, fireworkers, face painting, mascot parade.
    No alcohol, glass containers, umbrellas, canopies, pets or personal objects.
    Coachman Park, Clearwater
  • Treasure Island Rockin' Red Glare
    Wednesday, July 4
    9 p.m. - Fireworks
    Bilmar Beach Resort, Treasure Island
  • Fourth of July in St. Petersburg
    Wednesday, July 4
    Full day of family-oriented activities
    9 p.m. - fireworks over the Bay
    St. Pete Pier, downtown St. Petersburg