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Tampa’s Boom by the Bay fireworks show is back this Fourth of July

After last year’s event was canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of thousands are expected to attend this Fourth of July.
Fireworks blast off in front of the Tampa Convention Center, one of four locations around the river during the City of Tampa's Boom by the Bay independence day celebration on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in Tampa.
Fireworks blast off in front of the Tampa Convention Center, one of four locations around the river during the City of Tampa's Boom by the Bay independence day celebration on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Jun. 8
Updated Jun. 8

TAMPA — After a hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Jane Castor announced Tuesday afternoon that the popular Fourth of July ‘Boom by the Bay’ firework show will be held this year.

Six different locations will host Independence Day festivities, all of which will have food and drinks for purchase and offer views of the fireworks show.

The event — which first took place in 2019 — brought out over 200,000 people to watch over downtown in what the city claims was Florida’s largest Independence Day fireworks display.

The locations for fireworks this year will be at Armature Works, the Tampa Convention Center, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Curtis Hixon Park, Sparkman Wharf and Bayshore Boulevard, south of the Davis Island Bridge.

All locations will be free to attend, the city announced. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Live music will be at every location but the convention center and Bayshore Boulevard.

Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with a boat parade down the Hillsborough River. Boats will be decorated in colorful flags and compete for prizes in the small/motorboat and large/sailboat competitions. There will also be a prize provided for the most patriotic boat.

Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the parade are encouraged to do so at Armature Works, Channel Drive, the Convention Center, Curtis Hixon, Davis Island, Harbour Island, Sparkman Wharf and Water Works Park.

Attendees can text BOOM to 888-777 to receive text message updates about the event. Though masks will not be required, sanitation stations will be present at each location.