Fish, Fireworks and Fun

See Downtown Tampa's Fireworks
(Scheduled for 9 p.m.)

See dazzlingly displays in the sky and sea this Independence Day at The Florida Aquarium! Enjoy views of the fireworks from our airy outdoor plaza with a general admission ticket 
or take a Fireworks Cruise for the best seat on the Bay.

Premium Views of Downtown Fireworks

Join us on the rooftop deck and balcony of our brand new Mosaic Center and get a bird's eye view of the fireworks on the Bay while taking in spectacular sights of the Channel District in downtown. Upgrade to a premium view ticket for an additional $10 per person or $8 if you're an Aquarium Member.* Cash bars will be available. Premium section tickets are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Enjoy Our Exhibits
Spend the holiday among family, friends, and 20,000 plants and animals native to Florida and around the world during our celebration in downtown Tampa. Exhibits open until 8:30 p.m.

Splash Away 
(Until 7:30 p.m.)
Come and soak up the sun while you enjoy our new Splash Pad water fun zone. 

Cafe Ray, and Sandy's Snack Shack in our outdoor plaza, will be open for food and drinks.

The Aquarium's hours are extended until 9:30 p.m. and views of the fireworks are included in general admission tickets. Parking is $10 per car after 2 p.m. Aquarium Members get free access and parking. Parking is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.

Fireworks Cruise Information

Join us for the ultimate fireworks experience with the best seats in the house aboard our Bay Spirit II. The boat will depart from the Aquarium at 7:30 p.m. for a sunset cruise around the Bay and then returns to the Channel for the most spectacular views of the fireworks. The cruise includes oPne drink ticket and hors d'oeuvres. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Aquarium general admission is included in Fireworks Cruise ticket rate.

Cruise Food Menu

(Reception style)

Marinated Beef and vegetable skewers
Adobo chicken quesadillas
Vegetable spring rolls
Chicken Cordon Bleu puffs
Domestic cheeses  with crisp vegetables
Assorted crackers and spring herb dip
Dessert consists of petit fours.


*General admission tickets required for access to the Aquarium.