This country has always celebrated its birthday with a spectacle.
From flag-waving parades in Lutz and Brandon to barbecue feasts in St. Petersburg and a kids’ fishing derby in Gulfport, residents wore their pride Friday on their red-white-and-blue sleeves.
As always, the day ended with a bang. Fireworks displays from Plant City to the Gulf beaches drew large crowds; one of the largest was at Channelside Bay Plaza in Tampa.
Here are some photos from the day's celebrations.