Across the Tampa Bay area, parties will be filling up some of your favorite bars and restaurants to celebrate Independence Day. It's the perfect opportunity to go out with your friends to let loose, have fun, and just 'MERICA in general. We've created a list of the best parties around Tampa Bay to help guide you to have the best possible Independence Day.  

Holiday Cruise at Yacht StarShip

Cruise on over to Yacht StarShip for a prime seat to see the fireworks over the Tampa skyline. Cruises are the perfect adult adventure for July 4, offering an open premium bar, buffet and live DJ performances. This is the party for you if you want to escape for a three-hour cruise with your friends underneath the fireworks at 9 pm. Make sure to book your adventure ahead of time to reserve your spot on the boat. 

Whiskey Joe's Fourth of July

Whiskey Joe’s is a definite go-to for beach parties no matter the day. For July 4th, they step up their game to make this the party of the year. With incredible views right on the water, it's a fantastic way to spend the holiday.

Jimmy B's Beach Bar

Bring your friends to Jimmy B’s Beach Bar in St. Petersburg to have a fabulous time celebrating our country. Live music by Rob McDowell, the Griswold’s and Stormbringer will fill up the tiki bar, making this an ideal spot to find yourself on Independence Day.

Bongos Beach Bar and Grill

If your July 4th can't be complete without live music, Bongo’s Beach Bar might be the place for you. Situated perfectly on St. Pete Beach, it's the perfect spot to casually drink to the live music as the waves of the Gulf of Mexico crash into one of the best beaches in America. This will not suck. 

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Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi

Head to Downtown Tampa for the ultimate party at Jackson's Bistro 4th of July Celebration. The sushi restaurant and waterfront bar offers $3 Yuengling and Bud Light drafts, $4 sangria and house wines, and $5 Tito’s, Bacardi, Jameson and Jose Cuervo. DJ Big Willie will be offering live music for dance the nation's birthday away, and this just so happens to be one of the best locations to catch the fireworks at 9!

Franklin Manor

While this one isn't near the water, Franklin Manor's Red, White & You party on July 3 isn't one to be missed. There’s a full lineup of live music from 8pm to 3am, and the entire event is free. Come party the night away with the hottest and hippest in Tampa at the premiere outdoor bar in Downtown Tampa.

No matter what kind of party you're looking for this July 4th, there is something for you. This day only comes around once a year, so let loose and have fun! And at least think about taking Thursday and Friday off as well... 

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