New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display to Be Held at City of Tampa’s Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park

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In partnership with Friends of the Riverwalk and the City of Tampa, the viewing area for the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display, traditionally hosted at Channelside, will temporarily relocate this year to Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park.  

The southwest portion of the Channelside facility was recently demolished to create room with plans for a new waterfront park. The ongoing construction area reduces facility occupancy levels and restricts visibility and access to the Channelside waterfront.

With the support of Channelside and the City of Tampa, the Friends of the Riverwalk organization has arranged for use of Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park as a family-friendly, alcohol-free firework viewing area beginning at 10:00P.M.  In an effort to accommodate the maximum number of public guests, the park will not feature food and beverage vendors or entertainment.


“For over a decade, Channelside has hosted an outstanding New Year’s Eve celebration,” says Darrah Winkler, Marketing and Events Manager for Channelside. “With redevelopment construction underway at Channelside, safety is always our first concern. We are delighted to partner with Friends of the Riverwalk and the City of Tampa to create an alternative that will allow the community to enjoy the fireworks this year and carry on this longstanding tradition.”

“The collaboration between Channelside, Friends of the Riverwalk and the City of Tampa is an invaluable investment in our community.  We are proud to have been a part of this effort and are confident the park site will provide a sensational experience for those looking to view the fireworks display on New Year’s Eve,” said Troy Manthey, Chairman for Friends of the Riverwalk.

The fireworks show will begin at midnight and is expected to be the largest fireworks display in Tampa Bay. There is no cost to the public to view the fireworks show at Cotanchobee Park. 


Channelside and the Friends of the Riverwalk would like to thank the community partners who are supporting this effort: Channelside, The Florida Aquarium, Port Tampa Bay, Strategic Property Partners, Tampa Marriott Waterside, Water Street Tampa, Yacht Starship, the Channel District CRA and the Downtown Tampa CRA.


About Friends of the Riverwalk

Friends of the Riverwalk is a privately funded, local non-profit that supports special events, family oriented activities and beautification along the Riverwalk. Its goal is to enhance the quality of life and build a stronger sense of community for Tampa Bay by honoring the waterfront in a way that inspires citizens and visitors to enjoy it as well as actively invites participation in city life.   To learn more about Friends of the Riverwalk, please visit


About Channelside

Channelside is a two-story regional lifestyle and entertainment facility located along the Garrison Channel waterfront in downtown Tampa’s historic Channel District. Channelside is leased and managed by Franklin Street.  For more information on Channelside, visit  

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