IMake a date night out of the Tampa Bay area’s New Year’s events! Counting down to the new year, getting that midnight kiss, and watching fireworks together is the perfect way to start your new year off right. So, here are a few places were you can go to celebrate and see fireworks.
Want to celebrate NYE with some great parties and events? Here’s our list of Top Bay Area NYE Parties!
Updated Jan 2 2019
Happy New Year and Happy 2019! Tampa Bay Date Night Guide’s post on the best New Years Eve fireworks in Clearwater, St. Pete and Tampa Bay was one of the most viewed posts on the subject in the Tampa Bay area. As New Year’s 2020 nears, we’ll begin to update this post with newer information!
NYE Fireworks – the best in Tampa, Clearwater & St Pete
Ring in the new year at Clearwater Beach! This celebration includes a fireworks show at midnight that you can watch from the beach or from many different surrounding restaurants and bars. Before midnight, you can enjoy the beach, have a nice meal, and even watch the sun as it sets over the ocean. Hosted by Light It Up Clearwater! Clearwater Beach’s Annual Fireworks Celebration, the fireworks display begins at midnight. Relax with your toes in the sand New Year’s Eve, watch a world famous sunset, grab a bite to eat and then ring in the New Year with Fireworks at midnight! All compliments of the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce and it’s sponsors.
The Busch Gardens New Year’s celebration is perfect for date night. Join Busch Gardens for an awesome New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31! Enjoy thrill rides in the dark, like Busch Garden’s newest family spin-coaster Cobra’s Curse, Falcon’s Fury or Cheetah Hunt. Jam out to music throughout the park and ring in the new year with a park-wide countdown and spectacular fireworks show in Gwazi Park. And with the park open until 1 a.m., you can make the first hour in 2019 a thrilling one! Admission to the New Year’s Eve Celebration is included with paid admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. And celebrate the new year with a park-wide countdown and a midnight fireworks show.
First Night St. Petersburg is the LARGEST family friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts in the great State of Florida. They ring in the New Year with music, drama, games, comedy, lights, dance, fire, bubbles, stories, creative fun, fireworks and much more! Two fireworks shows are planned – one at 8pm and the second at midnight. Fireworks venue is at North Straub Park Pavillion Beach Dr. NE BTW. 3rd and 4th Ave. Great fireworks viewing areas along the waterfront. shis December 31, 2018 we are celebrating our 26th Anniversary of bringing the City of St. Petersburg Art in Unexpected Places. Admission buttons are available online and in stores; click the First Night St Petersburg link for purchase and details. Advance sales $12/adult, $5 kids 6-12, under 6 free; prices a couple dollars higher on Dec 31.
There is no public City of Tampa New Year’s Eve fireworks display on Dec 31 2018. There’s a lot of bad info out there about a downtown Tampa fireworks display at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, but that’s from last year. There are 2 private fireworks displays at midnight; the first is put on jointly by American Social and by Jackson’s Bistro, both on Harbour Island, and both venues (prime viewing) are hosting ticketed parties in order to properly view the fireworks. Secondly, Armature Works is hosting a private midnight fireworks display. Although these are private fireworks performances, they’ll be visible from the surrounding areas, so enjoy accordingly! Also, check out Pirate Water Taxi, which has a special NYE midnight cruise with prime fireworks viewing!
Want to celebrate NYE with some great parties and events? Here’s our list of Top Bay Area NYE Parties! And check out The Tampa Bay Holiday Events List! And don’t forget February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – let our Guide to the Best Valentine’s Day Ever help get your planning started!
Feature image: Light It Up Clearwater