Friends of the Riverwalk July 4th Boat Parade, Water Ski Show & Blessing of the Fleet

Celebrate July 4th with Friends of the Riverwalk as we host our July 4th Boat Parade, Water Ski Show (NEW this year), & Blessing of the Fleet as part of the Boom by the Bay festivities. The parade route will be similar to our holiday light boat parade but will include a Water Ski Show to kick off the celebration, a poker run and a blessing station.

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 decorated in red, white and blue and compete for most patriotic boat! We will also provide prize bags for all registered boaters. Check into all our Poker Run stops for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE!

Registration is required to participate in the boat parade. Spectators are free.

4:00 PM – Sparkman Wharf opens
6:00 PM – Water Ski Show (Viewing available ONLY at Sparkman Wharf)
6:00 PM – Boat Parade Begins (IMPORTANT: See times below for where/when to view the parade)
6:15 PM Convention Center (limited viewing available due to construction)
6:30 PM Curtis Hixon Park
6:45 PM Armature Works
7:15 PM Davis Islands & Channel Drive
7:30 PM Sparkman Wharf
9:15 PM Fireworks Show at Sparkman Wharf

UPDATE: Construction taking place at the Convention Center will obstruct viewing area here. Please consider other listed viewing areas to watch the parade.