By Peter Covino
Get ready for a really big Fourth of July with Independence Day celebrations exploding all over Central Florida.
Locally, Kissimmee’s annual event, the Monumental July 4th Celebration, kicks off at Kissimmee Lakefront Park at 5 p.m.
There is a big entertainment lineup that includes comedian Michael Winslow, of “Police Academy” fame, as both a
host and performing, and special musical guests Rose Royce (“Car Wash”) and more.
In addition to live music on stage, the entire lakefront park will feature fun and entertainment, including a vendor marketplace and food trucks. An interactive KUA Kids’ Power Zone will take place on the Civic Lawn.
Admission and parking are free.
The entertainment lineup includes:
5:10 p.m. – Doubting Abby
6 p.m. – Diamond Dixie
7 p.m. – Rico Monaco and the Sol Sons
8:30 p.m. – Rose Royce
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks
The city also is offering a Monumental July 4th VIP package. The VIP package, which is available for $25 per person, includes artist meet and greets, exclusive access to an air-conditioned tent, catering, reserved parking and a dedicated fireworks viewing area. Limited space is available and tickets may be purchased at the Kissimmee Civic Center, located at 201 E. Dakin Avenue, or by calling 407-518-2503.
The city of St. Cloud’s annual July 4th event is hosted by the St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce and it will be held at the city’s lakefront from 4 to 10 p.m.
It features a kid zone, VIP viewing area and more, including a fireworks display, hosted by the city of St. Cloud at 9 p.m.
Contact the St. Cloud chamber for more information at 407-892-3671.
Celebration’s annual Sci-Fi 4th of July is back, with lots of sci-fi activities to go along with the July 4th event.
That means you can come dressed as your favorite sci-fi or superhero character and try to win big prizes in the costume contest at 7 p.m.
Even if you “come as your are,” there will be plenty to see and do at the celebration, which includes bounce houses for kids, live music by Katty Shack, Gina Marie Inacandela and DJ Tami, all hosted by Mark Daniel.
The fireworks show, which starts at 9:05 p.m., also will synchronized to science-fiction themed music.
Additional music will be offered by The Dixieland Jazz Band. This unique group, made up of former members of the “Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Band” will offer patriotic music.
It all happens at Celebration Town Center.
Parking and admission are free. There is a free park and ride shuttle available from 215 Celebration Place.
More July 4 events
All of the area theme parks have July 4th events.
SeaWorld, for example, has a big fireworks display at 10 p.m. near Bayside Stadium. A special dinner event is the dining opportunity at Shamu Stadium, featuring an Independence Day Dinner with Shamu with reserved viewing of the fireworks. Go to Seaworld.com for more information.
And LEGOLAND has a special fireworks show with 3D glasses that turn ordinary fireworks into millions of exploding bricks. (The show is also featured every Saturday and Sunday in July.
If you want to get a head start on the July 4 activities, Lakeland will host Red, White & Kaboom at Lake Mirror July 3. The downtown celebration starts at 6 p.m. and features live music from Clemons Road and more. It concludes with the fireworks show at 9 p.m.
If you miss all those water ski shows at the old Cypress Gardens, head out to Lake Silver at MLK Jr. Park in Winter Haven, July 3. The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team (consisting of former Cypress Gardens employees) will perform in a special Independence Day program. Fireworks follow the performance. It starts at 7:30 p.m.
Also on July 3, Winter Haven will host Rock N’ Freedom Fest at MLK Jr. Park.
The evening event starts at 6:30 p.m. with music, children’s activities and more. It ends with the fireworks show, which will conclude at about 9:30 p.m.
You can play ball, or at least watch from the stands at the Lakeland Flying Tigers host an Independence Day celebration.
The game begins at noon. The players will be wearing special patriot red, white and blue jerseys and there will be holiday picnic themed games, contests and more. Gates open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $5.
The Davenport 4th of July Celebration is an all-day affair ending with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. It starts at 2 p.m. at the Lewis Mathews Sports Complex, 400 Palm St., and features live entertainment and food vendors.
The city of Lake Wales hosts Celebration of the Shores of Lake Wailes at Lake Wailes from 2 to 9 p.m., July 4. The event features a DJ, food booths, craft vendors, games, bounce houses and more. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:15 p.m.
Thunder on the Ridge is the July 4 event in Haines City at Lake Eva Park from 3 to 10 p.m. It features arts and crafts, food vendors a beer garden and more.