Gulfport Police Department
Media Release
 
 Chief of Police                Public Information Officer
Robert A. Vincent                 Thomas Woodman
  (727)893-1049                        (727)893-1051
4th of July!

Gulfport, FL – The City of Gulfport invites everyone to celebrate this 4th of July celebration ALL DAY LONG with an amazing line-up of fun and exciting activities in the City’s downtown waterfront district on Friday, July 4, 2014!

To keep you informed ahead of time, street closures are on the following streets starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 4th. Beach Boulevard will be closed from 31stAvenue (south) to Shore Boulevard. Shore Boulevard will be closed from 54th Street South (west) to 56th Street South. 54th Street South, south of Essex Avenue will also be closed. Beach Boulevard south of 28th Avenue South to 31st Avenue South will be temporarily closed for the City’s 4th of July Community Parade from 5:45 PM until 7 PM.

Other early closings to prepare for the fireworks and your safety will include Williams Pier (corner of Shore Blvd. S. and 54th St. S) which will close at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, July 1st until Saturday morning, July 5th at noon. At that same time, perimeter buoys will be placed 900 ft from the Williams Pier. The Casino dock will be closed from 6 a.m. until after the fireworks show on July 4th. Limited beach access will be granted for non-motorized dinghies. Interested boaters can dock at the Gulfport Municipal Marina the day of the event for a $1.50 per foot fee plus tax.

Any un-authorized boats parked at the casino dock will be towed to a safe location. Also, fencing will be placed on the seawall at Veteran’s Park (corner of Shore Blvd. S. and 54th St. S). Other safety issues include “sparklers only” on Gulfport Beach.

The open air trolley will be running from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. to pick up passengers from remote parking spots to make your journey more convenient to Gulfport. Remote parking spots include: Recreation Center (5730 Shore blvd. S.), Library (5501 28th Ave. S.), Senior Center and Theater (5501 27th Ave. S.), Hoyt Field (2306 56th St. S.), Chase Park (54th St. S. and 28th Ave. S.), Ted Phillips Wood Ibis Park (58th St. S. and 28th Ave. S.), and the Gulfport Municipal Marina (4630 29th Ave. S.). If you see the trolley, just give the driver a wave and they will pick you up along the route.

Get up, have your coffee and breakfast early and bring the kids to the Kid’s Fishing Derby, at the Recreation Center seawall, from 8 A.M. to 11 A.M. (Registration for the derby will start at 7:30 A.M.) followed by a Free Family Sand Sculpture Contest, sponsored by the Gulfport Recreation Division, on Gulfport Beach, from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. (Registration will start at 11:15 A.M.). Keeping with tradition, the theme will be “Red, White and Blue”. City staff will be on Gulfport Beach behind the Recreation Center from noon to 6 P.M. with a variety of FREE kid friendly activities! Did we say all of this is Free?
Starting the evening, local vendors offer a variety of arts, crafts, food delicacies and patriotic knick-knacks for your enjoyment, from 2 – 10 P.M. At 5 P.M., enjoy live music on the Casino outside main stage. Our community parade will begin promptly at 6 P.M. making its way (southbound) down Beach Boulevard to the Gulfport Casino, where it will head west on Shore Boulevard to 58th Street South. Make sure to grab a good viewing spot!

At 9:15 P.M. an always amazing fireworks display off of Gulfport Beach along Shore Blvd. S. will offer an exceptional closing of the day’s festivities. The City welcomes ALL to celebrate the Fourth of July in the City of Gulfport! For more information regarding the day’s events, please email Gail Biron, City of Gulfport Technical Events Specialist at gbiron@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118.