Summer is the perfect time of year to get out and explore everything that sunny Tampa Bay has to offer! Treat yourself to a dinner cruise, enjoy firework displays on the water, ride heart-pounding thrill rides beneath the stars and even see a classic Tampa Bay boat parade along the Hillsborough River. You can do it all, whether you’re looking to kick back, cool off, or explore more this summer.


Rock the Yacht


Every Friday throughout the summer, Yacht StarShip will offer a music-filled 2-hour cruise out of downtown Tampa. Enjoy a night of live bands, DJs, dancing, and multiple decks of entertainment.


Boom by the Bay


This Fourth of July celebration will feature family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and SIX firework displays along Tampa's downtown waterfront. PLUS, new this year - enjoy the Friends of the Riverwalk July 4th Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet from 5-7pm along the Tampa Riverwalk!


MOSI - Video Game Revolution


Walk through the history of video games! From computer to console to smart phone, this exhibit brings generations together in celebration of gaming. See a replica of the very first video game ever built in the 1940s, bring back childhood memories with 80s style arcade games, and explore the world of modern-day e-sports at this must-see MOSI experience.


July 4th Boat Parade

Downtown Tampa Riverwalk

Celebrate the stars and stripes in downtown Tampa for the inaugural July 4th Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet.  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. Look on from the Tampa Riverwalk as the fleet of boats decorated in colorful flags compete for 1st place. A prize will be provided for the most patriotic boat and the parade will be followed by several fireworks displays at multiple locations.


Beer, Bourbon, BBQ Festival


The 7th Annual “PORK-OUT” returns to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Sip on a local brew and spend a day filled with beer, bourbon, barbeque, biscuits, bluegrass music and more. Enjoy seminars in the Tasting Theater with master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters. Each guest will also receive a free souvenir glass with admission.


Freedom Fest

American Victory Ship

Celebrate America’s birthday aboard Tampa’s #1 patriotic attraction, the WWII American Victory Ship! Freedom Fest will provide attendees with a star-spangled view of Tampa’s Boom by the Bay Fireworks AND July 4th Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet.