While the song "America the Beautiful" talks about how beauty and majesty stretch from sea to shining sea, Boom by the Bay, Tampa's first-annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration will stretch from Sparkman Wharf to Armature Works.
Boom by the Bay will not only offer live music and family activities stretching 2.5 miles across The Riverwalk but will also feature four different fireworks displays which will go off simultaneously.
Dazzling firework displays will be set up on barges in the Hillsborough River by Armature Works and Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. The two other patriotic presentations will be in front of the Tampa Convention Center and Sparkman Wharf.
While each show will run 20 minutes, they'll vary in size due to the proximity of the barges to where people will be. The display by Sparkmans Wharf will be the largest due to it being out in the Channel District. The displays by Armature works and Julian B. Lane Park will be shorter but wider.
Fireworks start at 9 p.m., but the event will begin between 4 and 6 p.m. according to the City of Tampa site. Parking will be available in all city garages in addition to private options and street parking. On top of these choices, individuals can also park in Ybor and use the TECO Line Streetcar System.
Boom by the Bay is free, but there will be food trucks at both Riverfront Park and the Tampa Convention Center. Sparkman Wharf and Armature Works will also be open during the entirety of the event.
Boom by the Bay is a dog-friendly event, but it's advised that owners be aware of how comfortable their canine companions are around fireworks. The city of Tampa wants the event to be fun for all members of the family.