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Huge 4th of July Boat Parade will take place along the Tampa Riverwalk

a procession of boats moving down river from a populous waterfront neighborhood. a cruise ship is seen in the background
Photo via Friends of the Tampa Riverwalk

Friends of the Riverwalk will celebrate July 4th with an array of events, including a boat parade, water ski show, Blessing of the Fleet, and a fireworks display. These festivities, part of the Star Spangled Banner celebrations, will take place at Sparkman Wharf (615 Channelside Dr).

The boat parade will follow a route similar to the holiday light boat parade but will feature additional highlights such as a water ski show to kick off the celebration, a poker run, and a blessing station for participating vessels. Boats will be festively adorned in red, white, and blue, competing for the best-decorated vessel. Registered boaters will receive prize bags for their participation.

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Registration is mandatory for those wishing to join the boat parade, while spectators can enjoy the event for free. VIP tickets are available for purchase, offering premium views of the water ski show, parade, and fireworks, along with seating, drinks, and food. Although umbrellas are permitted, attendees are advised that outside chairs and coolers are prohibited.

This event promises a day of vibrant celebration, bringing the community together to honor Independence Day with a spectacular display on the water.

Here’s the full schedule:

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Sparkman Wharf Activations – 4pm-9:30pm

  • VIP with food and beverage
  • 360 Photo Station
  • Game Zone 
  • Uncle Sam 
  • DJ on the wharf 

Water Ski Show – 6pm (lasts 45 minutes)

Boat Parade Arrival at Sparkman Wharf – 7:30pm

Blessing of the Fleet will occur when boats cross finish line at Sparkman Wharf

Fireworks at Sparkman Wharf – 9pm

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