City of Tampa announces the return of Boom by the Bay 4th of July Celebration


The City of Tampa will host its popular “Boom by the Bay” event on the 4th of July. Guests can enjoy the festivities along the Tampa Riverwalk.

Boom by the Bay will kick off on Sunday, July 4 with a Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet presented by Friends of the Tampa Riverwalk starting at 5pm.

The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began years ago but is still practiced in many fishing and boating communities around the world to ensure a safe and bountiful season.  Boats will be decorated in colorful flags and compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the small/motorboat and large/sailboat competitions. 

Boom by the Bay brings a boat parade to Tampa

Following the boat parade, Boom by the Bay programming will begin at 7 p.m. with family-friendly activities spanning 6 waterfront locations, including 2 new locations added this year.

Boom by the Bay 2021 locations include:

  • Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
  • Armature Works
  • Curtis Hixon Park
  • Tampa Convention Center
  • Sparkman Wharf
  • Bayshore Boulevard

Each site will feature activities for all ages, food vendors, entertainment, and fireworks, which will be choreographed together and launched simultaneously at dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.). The event is free and open to the public. Event-goers are reminded to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety and take advantage of sanitation stations at each location.

Busch Gardens joining in on the summer celebrations

You can keep up with all the event news by liking the event page.

Want more festive happening in your life?

Bush Gardens will be hosting fireworks shows every night this summer. You can learn more by visiting Busch Gardens’ website.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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