Fireworks and boat parades aside, the main draw of this holiday celebration is a hot dog eating contest that takes place on the Armature Works’ Riverfront Stage, located at 1910 N Ola Ave.
Its participants will compete to see how many hot dogs they can scarf down in 5 minutes. Tickets to participate run for $25 each, and slots are first come, first serve. Only 25 people are allowed to compete, so if you think you're the #1 gobbler in Tampa Bay, sign up ASAP.
The first place winner will take home a flashy championship belt and a $500 Armature Works gift card, while second and third place will receive a $100 gift card. And if you don't place in the top three, at least you get a complimentary T-shirt and all of the gourmet glizzies you can eat.
All hot dogs will be provided by Armature Works' own Butcher n' Barbecue, a hearty American restaurant that boasts a menu full of grass-fed, house-smoked meats.
The hot dog eating competition is only a small sliver of the Heights District’s 4th of July celebration, which includes a boat parade, displays of American-inspired art and a fireworks show overlooking downtown Tampa.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page, and don’t forget your Pepto Bismol.