City of Gulfport July 4th CelebrationTuesday, July 4th 2017 GPS: 5500 Shore Blvd. S. Gulfport, FL
Gulfport’s July 4th Celebration
Gulfport, Florida – The City of Gulfport has an amazing line-up of fun and exciting activities in the City’s downtown waterfront district on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017.
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. the day of the event. Please bring your own fishing pole as the Marina’s staff will provide bait and prizes.
Immediately following the fishing derby is the Free Family Sand Sculpture Contest sponsored by the Gulfport Recreation Division. This event will take place from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on Gulfport’s very own Municipal Beach. The theme is “Red, White & Blue,” so bring your own tools and supplies, registration begins at 10 A.M.
The Gulfport Merchants Association’s Tuesday Fresh Market will begin in the Downtown area on Beach Boulevard at 9 A.M. This weekly year-round open-air market features fruits, vegetables and a wide variety of foods, hand-made arts & crafts, bath, body & wellness products, live music and more will take place until 2 P.M. Over 50 vendors and exhibitors participate every Tuesday. For more information, visit www.gulfportma.com, call Susan Blankenship at 453-9093 or Chris Spencer at 902-2326, or email FreshMarket@GulfportMA.com.
It’s time to get creative at 6 P.M. with our long tradition of welcoming local businesses, organizations, family and friends to join the City of Gulfport Independence Day Parade on Tuesday, July 4th. Bring your red, white and blue and register now at www.mygulfport.us/july_4th_celebration. Click on the “parade” tab, fill in your information, hit submit and wait for an email confirmation. Or, complete a form at City Hall, 2401 53rd Street South, and return to the customer service employees. Registration ends Friday, June 23rd. For more information call 893-1066.
Immediately following the Parade, the Gulfport Special Event Trolley will loop the City’s offsite parking locations north of Gulfport Boulevard including the Municipal Marina’s last scheduled drop off at 9:45 P.M. If you see the trolley, just give the driver a wave and they will pick you up along the route.
Remote parking areas include:
- Gulfport Public Library
- 5501 28th Avenue South
- Little League/Tomlinson Park
- 19th Avenue & 55th Street
- Senior Center/Theater
- 5501 27th Avenue South
- Hoyt Field
- 2306 56th Street South
- Chase Park
- 54th St. S. and 28th Ave. S.
- Ted Phillips Wood Ibis Park
- 58th St. S. and 28th Ave. S.
- Michael J. Yakes Recreation Complex & Beach Parking Lot
- 5730 Shore Blvd. South
- Holy Name Church
- 5800 15th Avenue South
- Gulfport Municipal Marina
- 4630 29th Avenue South
- Last drop off is 9:45 P.M.
At 9 P.M., a phenomenal fireworks display celebrating Independence Day will close the day’s festivities on Gulfport Beach.
- Starting at 6 A.M., Tuesday July 4, Shore Boulevard heading eastbound from the Gulfport Casino will be closed to 54 Street and Essex Avenue South. The eastside of 54 Street South will also be closed north of Essex Avenue
- Beach Boulevard will be closed from 31 Avenue (south) to Shore Boulevard and 56 Street South immediately following the Tuesday Fresh Market at 3 P.M.
- Beach Boulevard south of 28 Avenue South to 31 Avenue South will be temporarily closed for the City’s 4th of July Community Parade from 5:30 PM until 7 P.M.
Other closings to prepare for the fireworks and for your safety will include the Williams Pier (Corner of Shore Boulevard South and 54th Street South) which will close at 7 A.M. Monday morning, July 3rd until Wednesday morning, July 5th by noon.
On Thursday, June 29th, perimeter buoys will be placed 900 feet from the Williams Pier. The Casino dock will be closed for safety and 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 access on Gulfport Beach will be granted for non-motorized dinghies.
Also, Monday morning, temporary fencing for spectator safety will be placed on the seawall at Veteran’s Park and on the eastside of the Casino along Shore Boulevard South.
Other safety issues include “sparklers only” on Gulfport Beach.
The City of Gulfport welcomes ALL to celebrate the Fourth of July! To stay up to date on event information, visit the official City of Gulfport’s website at mygulfport.us/july_4th_celebration. For more information regarding the day’s events, contact 727-893-1066.
July 4th Parade Registration is closed
Need a ride in Gulfport? Call the Multipurpose Senior Center Foundation GetGO free ride service at 542-7757. The non-profit program transports residents to destinations within City limits free of charge.