Lakeland July 4 Fireworks, Boat Races, Bands, Food: 2019 Guide

July 4 promises to light up the night around Lakeland. (Photo by Paul Scicchitano)

LAKELAND, FL — If you love fireworks — and who doesn’t, except the occasional golden retriever and Labradoodle — we found plenty of displays that are set to light up the skies around Lakeland on July 4.

Patch is compiling a complete guide of fireworks displays, restaurant promotions and other events by location.

You’ll also find parking and transit information and even an updated weather forecast closer to the big day to make this your best Independence Day ever. We’ll keep adding new events right up until the holiday so bookmark this page and remember to refresh your browser for the latest information.

LAKELAND

Red White & Kaboom 2019 July 3

TT.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on July 3 from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. The City Saints will entertain the crowd ahead of a fireworks display that launches at 9 p.m. This is a free event, but organizers are asking that everyone bring at least one non-perishable food item that will be donated to Volunteers in Service to the Elderly.

The event will also feature a number of food trucks around Lake Mirror. Bring a blanket, visit the food trucks and listen to the free concert before the fireworks being. Kevin Cook, one of the organizers of the event, said people will also be able to sign up for a watermelon-eating contest featuring several age categories around 7 p.m. when the band takes its first break.

"This a fun, but messy addition," said Cook. "Rest easy because participants get rain ponchos to protect clothing and we have plenty of paper towels." The event concludes with a dramatic display of fireworks over the lake. You can bring your own cooler but no glass bottles will be permitted. Also, no tents or beach umbrellas will be permitted. Look for #redwhiteandkaboom2019 and #RWK2019 on social media.

City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom. Click here for more information on parking.

SARASOTA

Celebrate July 4 at Island Park for a fireworks spectacular on the Fourth as Sarasota prepares to celebrate 35 years of powerboat racing history at the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. There will be plenty of available seating all throughout Island park and along the bayfront. The fireworks light up the skies at 9 p.m. on July 4. Island Park is located at 5 Island Park Dr. in Sarasota.

Come to the Hyatt Regency Ballroom on Friday, July 5 to meet the powerboat racers ahead of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. The event takes place from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The hotel is located at 1000 Boulevard of the Arts in Sarasota.

This event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson, 330 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota. The show entry fee is $5 for the motorcycles and $10 for the cars.

This free event provides a great photo opportunity for the entire family to see the powerboats up close. The block party takes place on Orange Avenue to Gulfstream Avenue and S. Palm Avenue from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Leave your coolers at home.

Race fans can expect to see more teams compete this year while taking advantage of an expanded viewing area along Lido Beach. The races take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive. The event is free but you can opt for a paid VIP experience at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach. CBS will air its coverage on Sunday, August 4, at 3 p.m. eastern. Fox Sports has not yet announced an air date, but the show will air sometime in August. A live stream of the race will be shown here.

Director of Sports for Visit Sarasota County, Shelby Connett, noted: "Sports tourism plays a major role in our local economy and this festival continues to be one of our biggest sporting events. With national televised coverage on CBS Sports and Fox Sports Florida this is good news for our economy and great exposure for Sarasota."

Suncoast Charities for Children continues to be the driving force behind all the events associated with the festival and is the only race site run entirely by a local non-profit charity. Donations of any amount are welcome.

Related festival events also include:

To purchase race day tickets, make a donation, or to learn more click here. For event updates to your mobile device text powerboats to 941-229-7774.

Florida Studio Theatre

The theater’s home improv team presents "When X Meets Y: American Revolution," a special holiday improv show celebrating Independence Day. Inspired by audience suggestions and three random notes on the keyboard, members of FST Improv will weave a story of love and laughter that unfolds during the American Revolution. Just as waterfront fireworks and the local annual boat show have become Independence Day traditions in Sarasota, so has FST Improv’s special July 4 show. "When X Meets Y: American Revolution" follows a band of colonists as they fight the British, but with an exciting romantic twist. "When X Meets Y: American Revolution" will play in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on July 6. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling FST’s Box Office at 941-366-9000, or via the website by clicking here. A full menu and bar will also be available. Doors open one hour prior to the show.

BRADENTON

Independence Day With Bradenton Marauders July 3

Celebrate Independence Day early as the Bradenton Marauders host City of Bradenton Night with a spectacular fireworks display planned for after the game. In honor of the "941" area code, tickets will be priced at $9.41 and include a free Marauders hat and drink voucher. In addition, the first 1,500 fans will get a free shirt. There will also be a patriotic-themed jersey auction. The first pitch is at 6:30 p.m. The Marauders play at LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W in Bradenton. Click here to purchase tickets.

Know of other events in the area? Post them on the Patch calendar or share details on our free Neighbor Post feature.

Planning a celebration for the Fourth? Check out epic July Fourth essentials like red, white and blue swag, patriotic games and luminous LED lights to ensure your party is the best in the USA.

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