1 Tampa Bay History Center: Admission is $5 Tuesday as the History Center celebrates Independence Day with extended hours. Costumed re-enactors will share artifacts, uniforms, crafts and music representing the Civil War, Seminole War, Spanish American War, and WWII-era soldiers, sailors and citizens. While you're there, check out the new exhibition "Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection." It's also a good spot to catch the fireworks in Channelside, so you can make a day of it. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. 801 Old Water St., Tampa. (813) 228-0097. tampabayhistorycenter.org.
2 Shark Party: It's safe to go to the beach for this Jaws-themed beach party in Archibald Park on Madeira Beach. There will be buy-one-get-one Landshark beers, live music and a screening of Jaws. It's free starting at 6 p.m. Friday at 15100 Gulf Blvd.
3 Bird Walk: Look for birds on a guided hike led by experienced birders at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. There will be a limited number of binoculars available for loan, so bring your own if you have them. The hike is free at 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg.
4 Classic Sci-Fi Gallery Show: Beam yourself over to Ocean Blue Galleries on Saturday for this opening reception party for a showcase of Adam Scott Rote's sci-fi-themed paintings. Mingle amid full-scale Hollywood sets from Lost in Space and Star Trek, and enjoy a "Galaxtini," presented by Stoli Vodka and Coco Refresh. Dress in costume and you could win a prize in the costume contest. The free party happens from 4-7 p.m. at 284 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
5 Train Weekend: Kids of all ages can ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad. Free (donations for train maintenance appreciated). Largo Central Railroad, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.