Celebrate The Tampa Bay Lightning And Independence Day With Fourth Of July Boat Parade – CBS Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) — Mayor Jane Castor and Friends of the Riverwalk invite everyone to celebrate the 4th of July holiday and the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 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, where people can sign, wishing their thanks and well-being to the Bolts for their historic run. Those taking part in the boat parade are encouraged to include Lightning decor along with their patriotic themed displays.

The parade route will be like the light boats parade for the holidays, but will include a water ski show at Sparkman Wharf to get the party started, a poker run and a blessing station. To participate in the Boat Parade, be eligible for prizes and a special Captain’s Dinner, you must register with Friends of The Riverwalk. Furthermore, everyone who wants to participate in the boat parade is welcome, both on land and at sea!

“Boats will be decked out in red, white and Bolts blue as they compete for the most patriotic boat and the best decorated Lightning boat!” said MaryBeth Williams, executive director of Friends of the Riverwalk. “We will also provide prize bags to all registered boaters. We are excited to celebrate both the holiday and our Tampa Bay Lightning.”

“This year’s team fought back countless times and came this close to lifting 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. This is just one way the community can thank you for the season.”

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This year, the city of Tampa is hosting the largest Boom by the Bay fireworks show yet along Bayshore Boulevard — featuring a fully remastered show curated by Magic in the Sky — the same pyrotechnic company that partners with Busch Gardens. Sparkman Wharf and Armature Works also host fireworks displays.

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

  • Bayshore Boulevard (south of Davis Islands Bridge)
  • Sparkman Wharf
  • anchor works


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

In addition to fireworks, residents can enjoy food trucks, live music, a water ski show, family-friendly activities, and more along the downtown Tampa waterfront.

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