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Celebrate the 4th of July Along the Tampa Riverwalk

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If you’re looking for a fun 4th of July celebration in Tampa Bay that the entire family can enjoy, look no further! Come celebrate with Friends of the Riverwalk for their 2nd annual July 4th Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet.

Last year, boats were decked out in tons of awesome 4th of July decor, and we’re expecting even more red, white, and blue as boats compete for most patriotic boat trophy. And if you’re interested in the Water Ski Show as you wait for the boats to arrive, make sure you find a spot over at Sparkman Wharf!

End the night with a spectacular fireworks show! The Hillsborough River provides great spots with an incredible view of the sky–for the best views, hang out around Sparkman Wharf. It’ll be the perfect end to another perfect 4th of July in Tampa.

For more details on the July 4th Boat Parade, check out the info below. And if you want to make the most of your day along the Tampa Riverwalk, check out our guide for the best things to see and do.

Don't forget to register your boat for the parade!

Registered boaters will partake in a Poker Run for a chance to win a grand prize and several other great prizes! The boat parade will conclude with a Blessing of the Fleet and the fireworks displays at Sparkman Wharf.

Event Schedule and Parade Information

Parade Route and Viewing Locations
• Armature Works
• Channel Drive
• Convention Center
• Curtis Hixon
• Davis Island
• Harbour Island
• Sparkman Wharf
• Water Works Park

4:00pm | Sparkman Wharf opens
6:00pm | Water Ski Show (Viewing available ONLY at Sparkman Wharf)
6:00pm | Boat Parade Begins (see times below for where/when to view the parade)
    • 6:15pm | Convention Center
    • 6:30pm Curtis Hixon Park
    • 6:45pm Armature Works
    • 7:15pm Davis Islands & Channel Drive    
    • 7:30pm Sparkman Wharf
9:15pm | Fireworks Show at Sparkman Wharf

Aimee Pacchiarotti

Aimee Pacchiarotti

Aimee is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe to our text and email, and follow us on social!

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