6 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

Fun ways to celebrate around Tampa Bay and at home with your kids this year.

6 ways to celebrate the 4th of july

The 4th of July is a special day filled with endless summer activities to celebrate our country’s independence. Given that it is one of the few summertime holidays, the 4th of July is traditionally associated with fireworks shows, cookouts, beach outings, and spending time with loved ones. And we can’t forget those yummy red, white, and blue desserts! 

After a year of isolation and virtual meet-ups, we are all excited about celebrating a holiday for the first time in a long time. If you’re struggling to figure out what to do, here are a few things happening around Tampa Bay that will be fun for everyone in the family! If you’re celebrating at home this year, we’ve got you covered with some fun at-home celebration ideas!  

1. Red, White, and Boom By the Bay 

Why not celebrate with the biggest firework show in Tampa Bay! This year, the fireworks can be seen from 6 different locations: Armature Works, Tampa Convention Center, Sparkman Wharf, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and Bayshore Boulevard. The event will also include family friendly activities at each location.
When: July 4th at 7pm, fireworks start at 9:15pm
Cost: Free 

boom by the bay

2. Riverwalk 4th of July Boat Parade

You can’t have a major event in Tampa without a boat parade! The parade can be seen at the following locations: Armature Works, Channel Drive, Convention Center, Curtis Hixon, Davis Island, Harbour Island, Sparkman Wharf, and the Water Works Park.
When: 4th of July from 5-7pm
Cost: Free 

boat parade

3. Homemade Popcicles

The 4th of July is typically a very hot holiday. Cool off by creating homemade popsicles! Try making these yogurt swirl pops together as a family.

4. Create a Waterpark at Home

Grab some sprinklers, a kiddie pool, waterslide and a fun hose extension to create a waterpark in your own backyard. Your kids will be entertained for hours playing fun water games.

5. Tarpon Springs – Picnic in the Park

If you’re up for traveling outside of Tampa Bay, Tarpon Spring Picnic in the Park has fun for the entire family. From waterslides to food and drinks – and even a hot dog eating contest – you’re bound to have an amazing time! Learn more here.

6. Hot Dog Tasting Contest

Hot dogs are a staple for 4th of July foods. Turn food into fun by hosting a hot dog tasting contest! Challenging your family to come up with the best condiment combination for everyone to enjoy.

Champions would like to wish you an early Happy 4th of July. We hope you have a safe and fun celebration!