Why go away on vacation this extended 4th of July weekend when you can stay-cation right here in beautiful Tampa Bay?

That's right, this year many tourists will flock to the Tampa Bay Area for the 4th of July festivities ... why not join them and play tourist yourself?

Stay home or rent out a place for the weekend, throw some hot dogs on the grill, and check out these incredible, stay-cation events that friends and family will enjoy!

1. Have a Red, White & Zoo Holiday Weekend!

This Independence day weekend Lowry Park is featuring a day full of family fun! Also members of the military are invited to visit the Zoo for FREE!

2. Check Out First Fridays Tampa at Channelside Bay Plaza!

Kicking off on July 3rd, First Fridays Tampa, is a monthly block party featuring live music, entertainment, local vendors, food and fun!

3. Splash Away at Splash Sunday at the Epicurean Pool!

Come splash away this 4th of July weekend at Epicurean for only $10 per person! Dress to get wet or simply stay cool. Have a blast with family and friends and enjoy all Tampa's renowned upscale hotel


4. Party at Fergs! 13 Ugly Men's: The Red, White, & Brew Party

This event will include a great local live band, Soul Circus Cowboys that will play rock/country music. There will also be an after hours DJ, Barry Carew, that will mix up Top 40 & Country jams. 


5. Party Downtown at ALoft!

Come party it up this Independence Day at ALoft Downtown! There will be a pool party from 12-6pm and a live DJ from 9-midnight. Watch the fireworks from the pool deck! Want to really make it a Stay-cation? Check in and take advantage of the Aloft's $99 anniversary special for the month of July!

6. Bike on Water! Tampa Bay Water Bike Company

Water biking is arguably the coolest way to experience Tampa’s downtown. If you book online at www.tampawaterbikes.com using code 813area4thOfJuly by July 3rd, we will take $7.04 off each customer.

7. Paddle away with Urban Kai's 4th of July Full Moon Paddle!

Paddle out into the waters of Tampa Bay to see a gorgeous sunset and spectacular fireworks this Independence Day!

8. Rock Out at Rock the Park! July 2 at Curtis Hixon Park - Downtown Tampa

Rock the Park is kicking off the 4th of July weekend right with special guests Great Peacock and Tidal Wave. The event is completely FREE and open to guests of all ages. Pets are encouraged! Event beg


9. See Fireworks While Cruising the Bay! Yacht StarShip Fireworks Cruise

Celebrate the stars and stripes on the water with a spectacular 4th of July fireworks cruise! This cruise includes **open premium bar**, a buffet with upscale American favorites, DJ entertainment, and


10. Celebrate 4th of July at the Florida Aquarium!

Enter the Aquarium for a front row seat to fireworks, extended hours, family entertainment and all-American themed dinner options for purchase (included with admission).


11. Get Jazzed Up at Jazz In July: The Ultimate Independence Day Celebration Party!

Jazz in July Benefiting The Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Friday, July 3, 2015. Check out another extraordinary night of vintage black-tie fashion, live entertainment, party, art and dance


12. See the Fireworks Aboard a Historic WWII Steamship! 

The American Victory Ship offers prime viewing for the spectacular Channelside fireworks show! Come aboard and celebrate from 6:30-9:30pm with DJ entertainment, beer, wine, food trucks, kid's games and patriotic face painting.


13. Check Out Westfield Brandon's Blast 4th of July Fireworks!

On Saturday July 4th, Westfield Brandon will celebrate Independence Day. Enjoy live music, great food, family fun, and fireworks all in partnership with WQYK 99.5 and Tampa Bay Moms Group.


14. Go "Back to the Future" at Tampa Theatre!

30th Anniversary! Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, an '80s teen who takes a ride in a "flux capacitor"-rigged DeLorean invented by the nutty Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and ends up in 1955.