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July 4th Boat Parade

Celebrate July 4th with Friends of the Riverwalk as we host our 2nd Annual July 4th Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet.  The parade route will be similar to our holiday light boat parade but will include two blessing stations.  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 in the small/motorboat and large/sailboat competitions.  The boat parade will be followed by fireworks displays at multiple locations.     

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Parade Route & Viewing Locations

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
  • Convention Center
  • Curtis Hixon
  • Davis Island
  • Harbour Island
  • Sparkman Wharf
  • Water Works Park

 


Blessing of the Fleet Locations

The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. The practice began predominantly Catholic but is now practiced by all denominations as a blessing from the local clergy that is meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.  Each boat will be festively decorated in hopes of bringing home a prize.  There will be two locations for boats to receive a blessing.  Boats simply need to drive by the station to receive their blessing.

  • Sparkman Wharf
  • Water Works Park

2022 july 4th boat parade sponsorship opportunity

To keep the July 4th Boat Parade a FREE community event for spectators, we rely on event sponsorships to help us cover the costs of the parade.

PRESENTING SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
  • Sponsor name and brand incorporated into the July 4th Boat Parade signage
  • Complimentary registration for two boats in the July 4th Boat Parade
  • Complimentary tickets to the Captain's Party 
  • Presenting sponsor recognition through all media means used by the event
  • Presenting sponsor recognition in a pre-event press release
  • Logo inclusion on Friends of the Riverwalk website
  • Logo inclusion in event social media campaign
  • Logo inclusion on event email campaign

For more information about sponsorship, please contact info@thetampariverwalk.com


2021 July 4th Boat Parade Winners

Small/Motor Boat Competition

1ST - CHERYL STREICH, #11
2ND - JIMMY FALCON, #1
3RD - RAUL AGUILERA, #3

Large/Sail Boat Competition

1ST - JAMES BARLOW, SANDY01 #52
2ND - MONICA STODDARD, ESPERANZA #51

Most Patriotic Boat Competition

CHERYL STREICH, #11
 


Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors

We sincerely appreciate our event sponsors.  Without their support, the July 4th Boat Parade & Blessing of the Fleet would not be possible.

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