Celebrate Tampa Bay Lightning and Independence Day with the 4th of July Boat Parade – CBS Atlanta

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Mayor Jane Castor and Friends of the Riverwalk invite everyone to celebrate the July 4 holiday and the Tampa Bay Lightning during Boom by the Bay.

Friends of the Riverwalk will host the 4th of July Boat Parade, Water Ski Show (NEW this year), Poker Run and Blessing of the Fleet as part of the Boom by the Bay festivities.

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There will be a large banner, located in Curtis Hixon Park, for people to sign, offering their thanks and best wishes to the Bolts on their historic run. Those participating in the Boat Parade are encouraged to include Lightning decor with their patriotic themed displays.

The parade route will resemble the parade of holiday lightships, but will include a water ski show at Sparkman Wharf to kick off the celebration, a poker race and a blessing station. To participate in the boat parade, be eligible for prizes and a special captain’s dinner, please register with Friends of The Riverwalk. Otherwise, anyone wishing to participate in the parade of boats is welcome, both on land and at sea!

“Boats will be decorated with Red, White, and Blue Bolts while competing for Most Patriotic Boat and Best Decorated Lightning Boat!” said MaryBeth Williams, executive director of Friends of the Riverwalk. “We will also be providing prize bags to all registered boaters. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate both the holidays and our Tampa Bay Lightning. »

“This year’s team fought back countless times and came so close to winning the Stanley Cup for the third year in a row,” said Mayor Castor. “They really made us proud of Champa Bay. The Bolts gave us everything they had. It’s just a way for the community to say thank you for the season.

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This year, the city of Tampa is hosting the biggest Boom by the Bay fireworks display yet along Bayshore Boulevard — with a fully remastered show put on by Magic in the Sky — the same pyrotechnics company that works with Busch Gardens. Sparkman Wharf and Armature Works also host fireworks.

Attendees can watch the fireworks light up the night sky at dusk from:

  • Bayshore Boulevard (south of the Davis Islands Bridge)
  • Sparkman’s Wharf
  • Armature works


  • There will be no fireworks at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Julian B Lane Riverfront Park or the Tampa Convention Center this year.
  • Tampa Bay Lighting players will not be present during the boat parade.

In addition to the fireworks, residents will enjoy food trucks, concerts, a water ski show, family activities and more along the downtown Tampa waterfront.

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