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City News Blog: Red, White & Kaboom Independence Day Celebration - July 3, 2024 - Lake Mirror

LAKELAND, FL (May 16, 2024) | T. Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Day Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Gary Love and the Moonlighters will entertain the crowd followed by a dazzling firework display at 9:00 p.m.

The event is free but everyone attending is asked to please bring at least one non-perishable food item that will be donated to Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE).  VISTE is a community based non-profit organization serving Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, and Ft. Meade.  VISTE was established in 1983 with the goal to enable elderly persons to continue living independently and safely in their own homes. The small gesture of donating non-perishable food items goes a very long way in assisting the most vulnerable members of the community.

The Independence Day festivities at Red, White & Kaboom will start with a live concert featuring Gary Love and the Moonlighters.  From humble beginnings to sold out venues, Gary Love and the Moonlighters offer a unique and unforgettable music experience. Over the last two decades, they have become one of central Florida’s premier cover bands playing fan favorites ranging in years from the 1970s to the 2020s. The band promises to deliver a show stopping live music experience that is sure to please the crowd. Members include Gary Love (vocal/guitar), Nick Gregory (lead guitar), Zach Miller (guitar), Matt Fields (bass), Josh Gonzalez (keyboard) and Jerry Escobedo (percussion). For more information about the band, visit www.garyloveandthemoonlighters.com.

Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are always excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom.  Our family has been the title sponsor since 2009 and we look forward to the event every year.  Red, White & Kaboom is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate our great country.”  He added, “We ask all those attending to bring a canned food item that will help those in need. We want everyone to have fun, but we also want to help raise awareness for VISTE and use this opportunity to have the community’s largest canned food drive.”

During Red, White & Kaboom there will be a variety of food trucks around Lake Mirror so bring a blanket, bring your appetite, and enjoy the celebration.  This year’s food truck vendors include:

  • Big Hot Box
  • Breezy Eazy Bistro
  • Burger 21
  • Donut NV
  • Fat Maggie’s
  • The Mango is Mad
  • Pelican Snoballs
  • Pipo’s Latin Food
  • SB&B Seafood
  • Thunder Hollow Kettle Korn

The festivities will conclude with a dramatic display of fireworks over Lake Mirror. Personal coolers are allowed but please no glass containers.  Pop-up tents, large umbrellas or any shade structure that must be staked in the ground are strictly prohibited.

Red, White & Kaboom visitors are asked please share your experiences through social media using #redwhiteandkaboom2024 and #RWK2024. City staff will also be looking for those dressed in their patriotic best for share your flair. There will be prizes for the family, adult and child that celebrates the event in their most patriotic attire.  All City parking garages will be open for T. Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom. For more information go to www.lakelandgov.net/RWK.


Stephanie Lewis
Public Relations and Information Manager
Lakeland Fire Department

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population of over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 115 years ago. 

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