Lakeland Local Events are always a worthy effort, especially this weekend’s special celebration of First Friday, Red White and Kaboom and Independence Day
Folks, if you have nothing better to do this weekend than just sitting around the house watching the tube. Then you are missing out on one of Lakeland’s best entertainment this year.
Lakeland Florida is the place to be for this weekend’s 4th of July holiday celebration and local events are the best Family Entertainment. Don’t you agree! And here is the reason why?
First Friday is celebrated on the first Friday of every month and this free (most of it) event is themed “Sundown Celebration”. It’s happening downtown Lakeland around Munn Park (Kentucky and Tennessee Avenue) July 3rd, 2009 starting at 4 p.m. – an hour early this time just because it is a holiday and you should have an early start to share this wonderful celebration with your family Downtown Lakeland.
Kentucky Avenue will be closed for bounce houses, kiddie train, and cake eating contests, face painting, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk and many more activities planned by our local merchants. Shops stay open late and downtown restaurants will have outdoor seating on Kentucky Avenue for you and your family to enjoy an evening dinner before heading down to Lake Mirror for the Red, White & Kaboom celebration!
Airbrush tattoos and balloon artists will add to the fun. Some of these activities will require the purchase of tickets, I’m sure you can spare a couple of bucks for your kids.
A classic car show will also take place, just like every month with some great looking cars.
This month’s art reception takes place at Mitchells Coffee House on N. Kentucky Ave. featuring local photographer Jon Boring from 6-9pm. Not to forget, if you are an arts enthusiast there is an art reception at Arts on the Park on N. Kentucky Ave. every month during First Friday from 6-9pm.
Speaking of Red, White & Kaboom celebration, this celebration almost did not happen with the economy being blamed. Local Sponsors came through giving its citizens and folks visiting Lakeland, something to look forward to in the celebration of Independence Day.
This event takes place almost simultaneously with First Friday starting at 6:00 p.m. with live music – pop/rock sounds by the popular local band MillHopper. Plenty of drink and food vendors will be displayed around Lake Mirror. So, just bring your blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy this wonderful family celebration at the Lake Mirror Promenade.
The City of Lakeland recommends that you park in the parking garage Downtown Lakeland – there are ample parking spaces available. Also, please bring a canned food item to help stock up our local food bank for the needy – they surely will appreciate it.
Around 9:00 p.m. a spectacular firework display will round out the first day of the 4th of July celebration – Trust me, you don’t want to miss this event!
Fireworks display two days in a row only is happening in Lakeland
The celebration continues on Saturday, July 4, at the Joker Marchant Stadium. There will be a dazzling display of fireworks around 9:00 p.m. following the Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. the Tampa Bay Yankees baseball game. Joker Marchant Stadium, the home of the Detroit Tigers during Spring Training, is located at 2301 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland.
Happy Independence Day – Lakeland!!!