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As the nation prepares to mark its 238th Independence Day, local communities are readying their own celebrations.

Red, white and blue decorations will adorn parks and city streets throughout the area to boost patriotism, while fireworks will cap city July 4th festivities. Here are some places to party with family and friends in north and central Pinellas.

Clearwater

Clearwater Celebrates America at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., includes a Stars & Squirts Kid’s Zone from 5 to 9 p.m. with crafts, games and a mascot parade. The Mostly Pops Orchestra, featuring the Wilsons, will present a concert starting at 7:30.

The grand finale at 9:30 p.m. is the “Spark the Sky” fireworks display.

Coachman Park is located downtown on the waterfront just north of Drew Street next to the city’s main library. For parking information, visit myclearwater.com/parking. For details about the free celebration, call (727) 562-4700 or visit facebook.com/cityofclearwater.

Paddle Out Adventures, located at the Clearwater Beach Marina, 25 Causeway Blvd., is offering a private charter on its 30-foot pontoon boat equipped with seven paddle boards to watch the city’s fireworks show from the waters of Clearwater Harbor.

For details, visit www.paddleoutadventures.com or call Captain Justin McGee at (727) 223-4900.

Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises will offer all-American cuisine and dancing during its three-hour excursion. It departs at 7:30 p.m. from the Clearwater Beach Marina, 25 Causeway Blvd.

Passengers will top off their night by watching the city’s fireworks show. For details, visit www.yachtstarship.com or call (813) 223-7999.

Dunedin

Hometown USA Celebration, presented by the city and the Dunedin Blue Jays, features a Minor League baseball game, concert and fireworks show at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave.

The game begins at 4:15 p.m., followed by The Greg Billings Band at 7. Fireworks start at 9:30.

For information, call the Dunedin Blue Jays at (727) 733-9302 or Dunedin Parks & Recreation at (727) 812-4530.

Safety Harbor

A patriotic ceremony is set from 10 a.m. to noon at the Main Street Gazebo in John Wilson Park, followed by a parade along Main Street. There will be patriotic presentations, children’s activities, live entertainment and food vendors throughout the day.

Then, head to Waterfront Park at the Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, for the 9 p.m. fireworks show.

Largo
Largo Central Park is the place to be for the city’s family-friendly Fourth of July celebration that begins at 6 p.m. and culminates with fireworks starting at 9.

Enjoy music played by a disk jockey, activities and food in the park, 101 Central Park Drive off East Bay Drive. No alcohol, coolers, pets or personal fireworks (not even sparklers) will be permitted.

Limited onsite parking will be available for $5. Or park and walk from Largo middle and high schools.

For information, call (727) 587-6775 or visit LargoEvents.com.

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