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Tampa's 'Boom by the Bay' draws thousands for fireworks show

Fireworks started at 9 p.m. at 4 locations
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Posted at 8:56 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 23:17:51-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Thousands showed up to Tampa's newest community event, "Boom by the Bay," on Thursday to celebrate the Fourth of July.

People watched the fireworks from four locations including Armature Works, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, the Tampa Convention Center and Sparkman Wharf.

Activities started at 4 p.m. and continued until the fireworks show kicked off at 9 p.m.

"A great opportunity to just teach them what it is to be an American and just the values our country has," said Jen Purvis who attended the fireworks show with her children.

The Fourth of July celebration featured family-friendly activities, live entertainment and four fireworks displays along 2.5 miles of Tampa's waterfront.

"I think it's awesome. The last two years were little disappointing so I’m glad Mayor Jane decided to throw a little weight behind it and get a good show going," said Brandon Buchanan.

People could text the word "Boom" to 888-777 and the city provided updates throughout the evening. Sparkman Wharf was at capacity and several parking garages were full.

"I love fireworks because they’re super colorful and it's really fun to watch," said 8-year-old Collins McVety.

Sponsors paid for the event through private donations.