Museums in Tampa Bay roll out the red, white and blue carpet
While many museums in the Tampa Bay area are closed on Independence Day, a few make the day even more memorable. And you can end this special day with fireworks displays in downtown Tampa along Channelside and on the waterfront near the Pier in St. Petersburg.
Tampa Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Art St. Petersburg
For what may be a truly once in a lifetime event, Tampa Bay's two largest fine arts museums co-host a massive exhibit, My Generation: Young Chinese Artists. Take an arts holiday by visiting both museums in one day; they're offering a special $20 ticket for the show divided between the two museums.
Henry B. Plant Museum
The museum is offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families for this national holiday as part of their participation in the Blue Star Museums program.
Tampa Bay History Center
Admission is free to the History Center on Independence Day from 10 am to 7 pm. Costumed reenactors will present programs during the day as well as displays of artifacts, crafts and music. Also included is the exhibit, "Against All Odds: Art of the Highwaymen."
Museum of Fine Arts St Petersburg
The Museum presents the 7th Annual July 4th Gourmet BBQ Buffet beginning at 6:30 pm. Reservations required. Includes prime seating for an indoor view of the waterfront fireworks display. Call (727) 822-1032.