Fireworks sail or cruise
$60. July 4, 7 p.m. Dolphin Landings at Dolphin Village, 4737 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-360-7411, dolphinlandings.com.
True story: If you watch the fireworks from Boca Ciega Bay, you can see not one but several shows. In a galaxy far, far away, I crewed on sailboats and other sea-worthy vessels, and every Independence Day, I’d work the Sunset and Fireworks Sail or Cruise at Dolphin Landings. We could see fireworks from St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, St. Pete, Treasure Island and quite a few others. I don’t do that anymore, but you can, if you make reservations (these cruises typically sell out) now. Dolphin Landings gives you free water and soda; if you want something more alcholic, you can bring it. Same for food. Take your pick of a sailboat or a pontoon boat, grab a seat, and wait for the show. After the sun explodes into a glorious sunset, all you have to do it wait for the other detonations to begin. The hard part? Knowing where to look next, because the fireworks are everywhere.