Boom by the Bay

Boom by the Bay

July 4, 2022

 

Mayor Jane Castor’s Boom by the Bay powered by TECO is Tampa’s premier Fourth of July celebration, featuring family-friendly activities, live entertainment, a boat parade, and three firework displays, including the largest-ever fireworks display along Tampa’s iconic Bayshore Boulevard. 

Boom by the Bay 2022

Firework Locations

BAYSHORE BOULEVARD (SOUTH OF DAVIS ISLANDS BRIDGE) - STARTING AT 7PM

Enjoy a variety of food trucks, live entertainment, and waterfront views of the largest firework display.

SPARKMAN WHARF - STARTING AT 11AM

Enjoy a water ski show, live music, food, drinks, and fireworks along the waterfront! More details at sparkmanwharf.com

ARMATURE WORKS • STARTING AT 3PM

Enjoy live music, a hot dog eating competition, a kid zone, food, drinks, and fireworks along the waterfront! More details at armatureworks.com.

Additional Waterfront Park Activity Locations

600 N ASHLEY DR, TAMPA - OPEN 4PM TO 8PM 

Enjoy family entertainment, music, delicious food trucks, and a cold drink from the Boom Bar! 

1701 N HIGHLAND AVE, TAMPA - STARTING AT 4PM 

Enjoy food trucks, music, and a FREE public fireworks viewing area 

People on Boat on Hillsborough River flying an American Flag
Friends of the Riverwalk July 4th Boat Parade

From 6:00pm – 7:15pm, the Friends of the Riverwalk will celebrate July 4th with their 2nd Annual July 4th Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet. The parade route will be similar to the holiday light boat parade, but will include a poker run and a blessing station. (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 decked out in red, white, and blue and compete for the most patriotic boat trophy. Registered boaters will partake in a Poker Run for a chance to win a grand prize and several other great prizes! Register your boat 


The parade begins in the Convention Center basin, travels to the Heights, and ends at Sparkman Wharf.  Public viewing locations include:  

  • Armature Works 
  • Channel Drive/Davis Islands 
  • Tampa Convention Center/The Sail Plaza 
  • Curtis Hixon Park 
  • Harbour Island 
  • Sparkman Wharf 
  • Water Works Park 
     

See the route and more details at thetampariverwalk.com 

Transportation

All City garages will be available, along with street parking and private lot options. City of Tampa parking garages (including Fort Brooke garage) will cost $10 for the day. However, we strongly encourage everyone to use rideshare and public transit options. View the City of Tampa Interactive Parking Map.

Attendees can also park in Ybor City and take the TECO Streetcar downtown.

Accessible parking is available at all public parking facilities. 

Traffic is expected to be heavier than normal in and around Downtown Tampa due to the event taking place at multiple locations. Barricades and signs will be located to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when driving in the area. See the road closure schedule.

Free shuttle service to Bayshore Boulevard will be operated by Jolley Trolley on July 4, 2022 from 7pm to 11pm. All shuttles are accessible and will run in a continuous loop. 

Shuttle stop locations include: 

  • Fort Brooke Garage (intersection of Whiting St & Franklin St) 
  • Marion Street Transit Center (1211 N Marion St) 
  • Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (corner of Ashley Dr & Twiggs St) 
  • Bayshore Boulevard (near Swann Ave) 

Scoot into downtown with Bird, Lime, or Spin.

Please note that scooters are not permitted on the Tampa Riverwalk or along Bayshore Boulevard.

Rent a bike with Coast Bikes. Learn more at gohopr.com/tampabay

Get on the water and travel by boat with Pirate Water Taxi. Learn more at piratewatertaxi.com

Catch a ride with rideshare services like Uber or Lyft.

If you choose to ride your bike to the event, free bike parking will be available at the Bayshore Boulevard location near Davis Islands Bridge.

Park in Ybor City and take the TECO Line Streetcar into Downtown!

The FREE streetcar will operate every 15 minutes. Learn more about the TECO Line Streetcar System.

Street / Lane Closure Schedule

Traffic is expected to be heavier than normal in and around Downtown Tampa due to the event taking place at multiple locations. Barricades and signs will be located to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when driving in the area.

Additional street closure info coming soon.

FAQs

Boom by the Bay Powered by TECO Frequently Asked Questions

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Boom by the Bay powered by TECO is a community event featuring fireworks in various locations along the Tampa Waterfront accompanied by a variety of entertainment and activities. We are working with our community partners to create a unique Independence Day celebration for residents of all ages to enjoy.

The event will take place on Monday, July 4, 2022. See the schedule below for event times at each location. The fireworks are scheduled to start at dusk (approximately 9:15 pm), weather permitting.

Star Spangled Sparkman - starting at 11am

The Heights District Fourth of July Celebration at Armature Works - starting at 3 pm

Curtis Hixon Park - 4pm to 8pm

Water Works Park - starting at 4 pm

Friends of the Riverwalk July 4th Boat Parade - 6 pm to 7:15 pm

Bayshore Boulevard - starting at 7 pm

The fireworks are scheduled for dusk (approximately 9:15 pm), but may be slightly adjusted due to weather concerns

All fireworks will be shot along the waterfront in the following areas:

  • Bayshore Boulevard (near Davis Islands Bridge)
  • Sparkman Wharf
  • Armature Works

Each location will have its own activities and programming during the event. The firework displays will be different at each location, with the largest display happening along Bayshore Boulevard. See below for an idea of what you can expect at each location.

Bayshore Boulevard - starting at 7pm

  • Food trucks, live entertainment, largest firework display

Star Spangled Sparkman – starting at 11am

  • Water ski show, live music, food & drink, firework display
  • More details at sparkmanwharf.com

The Heights District Fourth of July Celebration at Armature Works – starting at 3pm

  • Live music, hot dog eating competition, kid zone, food & drink, firework display
  • More details at armatureworks.com

Curtis Hixon Park – 4pm to 8pm

  • Food trucks, Boom Bar, music, family fun area
  • Note: fireworks will not be visible from this location

Water Works Park – starting at 4pm

  • Food trucks, music, FREE firework viewing area

There are multiple ways to get to Boom by the Bay powered by TECO:

Free Shuttle to Bayshore Boulevard

  • Operated by Jolley Trolley on July 4, 2022 from 7pm to 11pm. 
  • All shuttles are accessible and will run in a continuous loop. 
  • Shuttle stop locations include: 
    • Fort Brooke Garage (intersection of Whiting St & Franklin St) 
    • Marion Street Transit Center (1211 N Marion St) 
    • Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (corner of Ashley Dr & Twiggs St) 
    • Bayshore Boulevard (near Swann Ave) 

For those driving to the event, please note parking may be limited at certain locations.

All City garages will be available, along with street parking and private lot options. City of Tampa parking garages (including Fort Brooke garage) will cost $10 for the day. However, we strongly encourage everyone to use rideshare and public transit options. We also encourage attendees to park in Ybor City and take the TECO Streetcar into downtown. Accessible parking is available at all public parking facilities.

View the City of Tampa Interactive Parking Map.

Accessible parking is available at all public parking facilities. The free shuttles operating between downtown and Bayshore Boulevard are also accessible.

The fireworks are free to attend, but charges will be applicable for any food or drink.

You are welcome to bring food and soft drinks to the Tampa Riverwalk, public parks, and Bayshore Boulevard. Please do not bring alcohol. Adult beverages are available from businesses and at Curtis Hixon Park. The Riverwalk cup program allows for people to consume them while they enjoy the Riverwalk and adjoining areas. Grilling and other cooking is prohibited.

Please remember that the fireworks will be loud and may not be a good environment for your four-legged friends. Well-behaved pets that are kept on a leash are welcome on the Riverwalk and in our public parks. Service animals are always welcome. 

Chairs and blankets, as well as small coolers will be allowed in public parks and along Bayshore Boulevard. Please do not bring alcohol. Large umbrellas or tents will not be permitted. For security, all items are subject to search, and please don’t leave your belongings unattended.

For the safety and comfort of other attendees please do not bring your own fireworks, including sparklers. All fireworks are prohibited in City parks and on the Tampa Riverwalk.

The firework display along Bayshore Boulevard is being paid for through the generous support of community partners like TECO and Coke Florida, who recognize that the community desires and deserves to have an impressive Independence Day celebration.

The firework displays at Sparkman Wharf and Armature Works are independently produced and privately funded.

See Something, Say Something! If it is a public safety issue or something suspicious, please let a nearby police officer know, call Tampa Police’s non-emergency line at (813) 231-6130, or call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. For other issues, please let any of our onsite staff know.

We are pleased to offer a Sensory Zone at the Bayshore Boulevard location.  

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