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A Champa Bay tradition continues on the 4th of July as the City of Tampa will have a boat parade celebrating the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa’s Boom By the Bay is happening on Monday and Tampa Mayor, Jane Castor, announced that the boat parade will be happening along the Hillsborough River.

The boat parade will start at 6:15 p.m. at Sparkman Wharf and travel down the Hillsborough River. The boat parade ends at Armature Works. Mayor Castor would love everyone to wear their best red, white, and Bolts blue and cheer on the Bolts along the Tampa Riverwalk.

So, the big question is…will any Lightning players be at the boat parade? Mayor Castor says, “Although the players won’t participate in the parade, this is our way of saying thanks to the boys for all that they have done out there on the ice this season.” Even though the players won’t be at the Champa Bay tradition we know Tampa Bay knows how to show their pride for the Bolts.

There is a way to send a message to the Bolts on Monday. You can stop by Curtis Hixon Park and write them a message on a giant banner that will be given to the team at a later date. “Our team gave it their all, they left everything that they had on the ice and almost made it to that historic third-time win,” Castor said.

Before and after the boat parade is over before Boom By the Bay you can attend family-friendly activities, live entertainment and three firework displays. There will also be food trucks, a water ski show and a hot dog eating competition.

Tampa says they have the largest-ever fireworks display along Tampa’s iconic Bayshore Boulevard. The fireworks will go off starting at dusk and you will be able to view them from many locations around downtown Tampa.



7 Ways To Celebrate July 4th Around Tampa That's Not A Firework Show

  • Hot Dog Eating Contest

    I can’t think of anything more American than a hot dog eating contest. Armature Works in Tampa is hosting a limited competition starting at 4 p.m.. Spots are first come first serve, so if you want to show off your glizzy eating skills, be sure to get there early!

    Price: Starts at $25

  • July 4th Patriotic Boat Parade & Blessing of the Fleet

    Join the Lost Pearl on the Fourth of July to be part of an exciting and patriotic boat parade like no other! Wear your favorite patriotic gear or pirate garb to celebrate. Tickets include 1 hour 15 minute cruise, front-row seats for the boat parade, pirate-themed cruise, cash bar & snacks. There are two different cruise times:
    Cruise 1 | Boarding: 4:45 PM, Sail Time: 5:00-6:15 PM
    Cruise 2 | Boarding: 6:30 PM, Sail Time: 6:45-8:00 PM

    Dock location: 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
    Price: Adults and Children: $30 plus tax, marine fee, and $5 gratuity. Infants (under 2) are free!

  • Fourth of July Circle of Heroes/ Veterans Reef Dive

    Explore the seas with Narcosis Scuba Center in Tarpon Springs and dive under to see the The Circle of Heroes/Veteran’s Reef. There will be a trip at 6 a.m. and noon!

    $129.95 Divers (Ages 12+)
    $119.95 Bubblewatchers (All Ages)
    $119.95 Snorkelers All Ages (Snorkel Only)

  • Independence Day at the History Center

    Costumed reenactors representing several eras of American military history will be at the History Center to interact with guests. Included with admission, guests will also be able to see the exhibit, “American Flags: The Stars and Stripes in American History and Culture, Presented by Bank of America,” which is at the History Center until July 29.

    Bank of America cardholders will receive free admission for the individual named on the card. All other visitors will receive $5 admission to the History Center’s exhibit galleries, with extended hours until 7 p.m.

    Check out the website for more info!

  • Red, White and Bee you Party: Fourth of July Celebration

    This event is made for families! There will be dancing, open play, craft activities and balloon drop for this July Fourth Celebration in Palm Harbor! The best part is that it’s free! There are 3 party times available:
    Party #1: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
    Party #2 : 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Party #3: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

    Check out their Facebook event for more details!

  • Red, White and Brew 5K

    A fun start to your holiday celebrations (and a way to work off those hot dogs you’ll eat later.) Come out to the Lakeland town center for pancakes, great running, and even a Kids Firecracker Dash. Those participating in the race will receive a fun finisher’s medal, complimentary root beer, and a brew!

    Location: 1523 Town Center Dr, Lakeland, FL
    Registration is $25. Visit the Facebook event page for more details!

  • St. Pete Run the Fourth

    Kick off your 4th of July celebrations with St Pete Run the 4th! This 5K fun run showcases the amazing St Pete Pier and St Pete’s scenic waterfront. The race is not timed so feel free to stroll around St. Pete and take in all the sights! Each runner will receive a patriotic run bib, and food from Bolay Fresh Bold Kitchen and Astro ice cream included in the entry fee.

    Tickets are $20, you can register here.