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Catching fireworks in North Pinellas? Here are the details

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The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is wishing patriotic celebrants safe travels this Fourth of July. The group tweeted a reminder to followers that the Memorial Causeway Bridge will be closed due to fireworks Saturday.

The estimated closure is from 9:25 until 9:55, but that time is subject to change depending on whether and timing of the fireworks show.

The e-flier suggests alternative routes by using the Belleair Causeway or taking the Clearwater Ferry. The ferry leaves from downtown Clearwater every hour on the hour and shuttles visitors to the beach.

Parking downtown for the “Clearwater Celebrates America” event at Coachman Park will be crowded, but the city has done its best to minimize inconvenience to those heading to the beach for fireworks. Downtown parking meters won’t be enforced making it easier for people to travel to the beach by ferry.

Veteran and active duty military will be available at the Clearwater Main Library on a first come, first serve basis.

Clearwater’s Sunset Cinema will still show a movie at Pier 60 at sunset. In honor of Independence Day they’ll be showing National Treasure. Viewers will be able to see the fireworks from the beach.

Other North County fireworks displays will be held at the Safety Harbor City Marina at 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Festivities begin there at 5 with fireworks flying somewhere around 9:30.

Another show will launch from Tarpon Springs Fred Howard Park located at 1700 Sunset Drive. That display starts at 9.

Largo’s Independence Day celebration runs from 6-9:30 at Largo Central Park at 101 Central Park Drive. Fireworks will be displayed toward the end of the night.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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