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Celebrate America’s 246th Independence Day on Monday, July 4th, 2022

Wake up early and bring the kids to the Gulfport Marina’s Fishing Derby at the Michael J. Yakes Recreation Complex’s (5730 Shore Blvd. S.) from 8:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Registration is on the seawall and is always free. Registration starts at 7:30 A.M. today. Please bring your own fishing pole as the Marina’s staff will provide bait and prizes.

The Free Family Sand Sculpture Contest sponsored by the Gulfport Recreation Division will take place from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. on Gulfport’s very own Municipal Beach. The theme is “Patriotic”, so bring your own tools and supplies, registration begins at 9:30 A.M. Winners will be announced at 12:15 p.m.

Welcome local businesses, organizations, family and friends in the City of Gulfport Independence Day Parade at 6 P.M. Bring your red, white and blue and have some fun celebrating the 4th of July! The best viewing location is directly in front of the Casino at 6 P.M.

A welcome by the Gulfport Mayor and City Councilmember’s. Northwest of the Casino steps. Immediately following the parade.

Live music from the New Horizons Band of Gulfport as they perform patriotic music on the Casino Deck area at 7 P.M.

At 9 P.M., a phenomenal fireworks display will launch from the Williams Pier. The best viewing location is Gulfport Beach.

 

 

Fireworks by Pyro Productions, Inc.

Pyro Productions

Parade check-in begins between 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in front (parking lot side) of the Gulfport Public Library at 5501 28th Ave. S. Please check-in no later than 5:30 p.m. Staff will direct you from there. The Parade will start at 6 p.m. SHARP!

NOTE: Throwing of candy, toys or other objects is strictly prohibited during the parade. Anyone found throwing items will be asked to leave immediately. Participants on foot may distribute candy or other items by handing them to spectators. The consumption of alcohol or other illegal substances is strictly prohibited before and during the parade. Anyone suspected of being in violation of this policy will be asked to leave immediately. All entries are subject for review and approval per City Manager.

Deadline for parade sign up is Monday, June 27th


 

Streets Temporarily Closed for 4th of July Special Event

Beach Boulevard South of 28th Avenue to Shore Boulevard South to 56th Street South will be temporarily closed for the City’s 4th of July Community Parade from 5:30 PM until 7 P.M. Beach Boulevard South of 31st Avenue to Shore Boulevard South will remain closed following the conclusion of the Community Parade.

Casino Dock Temporarily Closed for 4th of July Special Event

The Gulfport Casino floating dock in Boca Ciega Bay will be temporarily closed on Monday, July 4th at 8 A.M. In addition, the Williams Pier (Corner of Shore Boulevard South and 54th Street South) will be closed at 9 A.M. Sunday morning thirty-six (36) hours in advance of the fireworks show. The Casino dock will reopen in conjunction with the Williams Pier. All boaters can dock at the Gulfport Marina the day of the event for a fee. Any un-authorized boats parked at the Casino dock will be towed to a safe location. Limited dinghy access, per the Marina Director, is granted at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Building during the event times only. For more information, please contact City of Gulfport Marina Director, Denis Frain at (727) 893-1071.

 

Fireworks by Pyro Productions, Inc.

Pyro Productions

The following locations are offsite parking locations where patrons are able to park free and without any time limits. Please follow all signage.

The Gulfport GEMS vehicle will be available immediately following the parade until 9 P.M. for free transport.

Off Site Parking Locations

Recreation Beach Complex – 58th Street & Shore Blvd.
Ted Phillips Wood Ibis Park – 58th Street & 28th Avenue
Hoyt Field – 56th Street & 24th Avenue
Tomlinson Park Complex – 55th Street & 18th Avenue
Gulfport City Hall – 53rd Street & 24th Avenue
Multipurpose Senior Center – Beach Blvd. & 27th Avenue
Public Library – Beach Blvd. & 28th Avenue
Chase Park / Museum – 54th Street & 28th Avenue
Municipal Marina – 46th Street & 29th Avenue

The City of Gulfport welcomes ALL to celebrate the Fourth of July!

For more information regarding the day’s events, contact 727-893-1118.