July 4 events ready to blast off in Osceola

The city of Kissimmee will once again have a large fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day Saturday. The city of St. Cloud and the community of Celebration also will have their respective holiday festivals.

The city of Kissimmee will once again have a large fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day Saturday. The city of St. Cloud and the community of Celebration also will have their respective holiday festivals.

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Kissimmee has one of the better Fourth of July celebrations in Central Florida.

Add to the mix some outstanding shows in St. Cloud and Celebration, and you don’t have to venture very far from home to have a blast

July 4.

Locally, there are three big Independence Day events on tap.

At the picturesque Kissimmee Lakefront Park, the downtown area should be bustling with activity Saturday.

If you need a reason besides the fireworks, the headline band is the Spin Doctors.

One of the bigger bands of the early 1990s, the Spin Doctors hit it big with a couple of hit singles, including  “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.” The album, Pocketful of Kryptonite sold more than 5 million copies and went triple platinum.

Kissimmee’s July 4 celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. and ends with a fireworks display at approximately 9:10 p.m. over Lake Tohopekaliga.

There is no charge for the entertainment.

The celebration will be throughout the entire Kissimmee Lakefront Park and will feature fun and entertainment for the entire family including live music on stage, a beer garden and food trucks on the park’s event lawn. An interactive KUA Kids’ Power Zone will be on the park’s Civic Lawn.  Other entertainment includes Osceola Arts Singers at 5 p.m. and salsa singer Charlie Cruz at

6:15 p.m.

There also will be a human flag made up of individuals from the community. The first 600 participants will receive a free red, white or blue  T-shirt. Registration begins at 4 p.m. with the flag waving at 7 p.m.

Free public parking will be available at the following locations:

• Toho Square parking lot

• Kissimmee City Hall, 101 Church St.

• Osceola County Courthouse Parking Garage on Bryan Street

• Osceola County Parking Lot at Courthouse Square

Handicap parking will be available at Toho Marina and the Kissimmee Civic Center.  Free Lynx bus service will also be available to and from the Lynx Kissimmee Intermodal Station with a required voucher.  Lynx vouchers may be downloaded and printed from the link at www.kissimmeeparks.org.  Vouchers can be presented at any Lynx bus stop that provides service to the Kissimmee Intermodal Station located in Downtown Kissimmee.

For more information about the city of Kissimmee’s Monumental Fourth of July celebration, call 407-518-2503, log on to www.kissimmeeparks.org.

Celebration

Celebration continues its unique take on American independence with its annual Sci-Fi 4th of July with many events scheduled throughout the night, including a sci-fi themed costume contest at 7 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win prizes. It will also feature a synchronized fireworks spectacular set to a Sci-Fi themed soundtrack, bounce houses for kids, live music by The Jonnie Morgan Band, Carly Jo Jackson (America’s Got Talent), Gina Marie Incandela, DJ Tami and tribute to our Veterans.  Additional music will be performed by The Dixieland Jazz Band. This unique group, made up of former members of the “Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Band” will play patriotic music for the whole family to enjoy.

Parking and admission are free with a free park and ride shuttle available from 215

Celebration Place.

St. Cloud

The July 4th celebration in St. Cloud includes fireworks and live music as well as airboat rides, food, family activities and more. Admission is free for the event, with fireworks scheduled for about 9:15 p.m. at the St. Cloud lakefront.

The St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce also is hosting The Great Car Raffle before the fireworks celebration. Come to the St. Cloud chamber at 1200 New York Ave., St. Cloud, to place your entry.

If you are brave enough to face the crowds and the heat, Central Florida’s theme parks have their usual red, white and blue celebrations as well.

SeaWorld, which is in the middle of its Celebrating America Concert Series, will kick in high gear for July, with patriotic musical artists for the weekend.

On July 4, the American Military Spouses Choir will entertain.  All members are married to active United States soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and guardians. The choir features rousing renditions of inspirational songs and original music, and songs that show support to their fellow military family and service members.  The choir has appeared as a top 15 act on the hit summer NBC series “America’s Got Talent” and sung at the home of Vice-President

Joe Biden.

On July 5, country icon Lee Greenwood will perform.

There will be special summer discounts for both active duty and military and veterans.

Guests can take advantage of SeaWorld’s reserved concert seating package for all artists throughout the summer series. Starting at $29, the package includes one reserved seat to the concert, plus a meal voucher valid at most in park restaurant locations. Reserved seating packages can be booked in advance online or at the park on the day of the concert.