TAMPA, FLA - The fireworks show was moved from Channelside to the Tampa Riverwalk this year because of construction.
Organizers said they do not know where the show will be hosted next year.
“When they open back up, I think Channelside, us, and the city will decide where it goes in the future,” Jason Carroll with Friends of The Riverwalk said.
Carroll is the executive director.
He said people have asked him about tonight’s show because of last year’s glitch. The fireworks show ended early because the equipment was not working properly.
Carroll said they are using the same company, but they are going with a program they are familiar with, which is why they do not anticipate any problems.
“They tried new technology that was going to synchronize the music very specifically to the fireworks show and we have decided not to use that technology this year,” Carroll said.
Carroll said they are confident tonight’s show will be a success. He said they tested the technology New Year’s Eve and they did not experience any issues.
“Give it another chance. (You should) know that the organizers of the fireworks show were (not) happy with last year either and we are doing everything we can to make it work this year,” Carroll said.
The fireworks show is scheduled for 9 p.m. You can see the fireworks from Harbor Island to Bayshore Boulevard. You can plan to see them from the convention center too.
If there are any changes to the fireworks show, Carroll said they will post that information on Facebook. You need to go to The Tampa Riverwalk for updates. The show could go on early or it could be delayed because of the weather.
“If there’s a storm coming in and we can get the show off a little early, we’re going to do that or if there’s one coming through and we have to delay it, we’re going to do that too,” Carroll said.
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The event is free.