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Red, White & KABOOM!


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The T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Wednesday, July 3rd from 6:00 p.m.  9:15 p.m. with The City Saints entertaining the crowd before a dazzling fireworks display launches at 9:00 p.m.  

Tom Mims, President of T.Mims Corp. said, “We are very excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year.  It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country and it is free to the public.”  He added, “However, we ask all those attending to bring a canned food item that will help those in need. All non-perishable items benefit VISTE.” 

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 festivities in celebrating our great nation.  Kevin Cook, Director of Communications and one of the organizer of the event said, “We have 10 great food vendors so there is something for everyone. The band is fantastic and you can’t ask for a better setting to watch fireworks over Lake Mirror.” He added, “The watermelon eating contest is back by popular demand with several age categories.  Sign-ups will take place the during the event with the contest happening very close to 7 p.m. at the band’s first break.  This a fun but messy addition that is very popular but rest easy because participants get rain ponchos to protect clothing and we have plenty of paper towels.” 


T. Mims Corp Red, White & Kaboom Official Site


Don't forget the canned & non-perishable food items!

We are asking that everyone who is attending to please bring at least one non-perishable food item.  Volunteers from Chow for Now will be collecting canned food items for Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE).

Text-to-Give

A convenient text-to-give service is in place so visitors and others can easily donate by texting FEEDLAKELAND to 50155.

Details below.

Chow for Now logo - icon of a paper bag and a heart - canned food drive
  • Admission | VISTE Fundraiser: Bring Canned Goods or Text-to-Give

    Canned Goods

    We are asking that everyone who is attending to please bring at least one non-perishable food item.  Volunteers will be collecting canned food items for Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE)


    Text-to-Give

    Those attending that do not bring a canned food item are asked to donate $2 to help support the VISTE food bank.  A convenient text-to-give service is in place so visitors and others can easily donate by texting FEEDLAKELAND to 50155.


    About VISTE

    VISTE is a community based non-profit organization serving Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry and Ft. Meade.  Established in 1983, the primary goal is to enable elderly persons to continue living independently and safely in their own homes.


    T. Mims & VISTE

    Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are very excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year.  It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country.”  He added, “We ask all those attending to bring a canned food item that will help those in need. All non-perishable items benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) and new for this year is our text to give option. We want everyone to have fun be we also want to help raise awareness for VISTE and use this opportunity to have the community’s largest canned food drive.

  • Canned / Non-Perishable Food Suggestions

    viste food driveEach month, VISTE gives a box of supplemental groceries to over 1500 elderly neighbors who need help making ends meet.  We need YOUR help to fill those boxes!

    Some of our most requested items are:

    • Canned soup
    • Canned tomatoes
    • Peanut butter
    • Canned chicken
    • Canned tuna
    • Pasta
    • Ground coffee
    • Canned beans
    • Any nonperishables

     

    Note: Please do not include glass items.

    Can't bring non-perishable food items? Remember you can Text-to-Give!

    A convenient text-to-give service is in place so visitors and others can easily donate by texting FEEDLAKELAND to 50155.

  • Musical Guests: The City Saints

    photo of three band mates, The City Saints, laughing while two look at a third band member who is looking a the camera, next to a corner of a gray wall

    Red, White & Kaboom festivities will start with a live concert featuring The City Saints that will certainly command the crowd blending a wide array of pop, country and top-40 hits with their own island vibe. The City Saints play current radio hits as well as yesterday’s best loved classics. 

    Formed in Lakeland, The City Saints are a “Trop-Rock” band that brings the party with them wherever they go. Founding band members Paul Wilson, Nick Herbert and Cliff Brown are no strangers to the entertainment industry sharing the stage with headliners such as The Wailers, Shaggy, Kenny Chesney and many more. The band has a goal at every show to leave people with music that spreads smiles, delivers hope and unites the crowd with happiness.

    The City Saints will drop their first full length album in September.


    Photo Credit: The City Saints' Facebook Page 

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  • Watermelon Eating Contest

    Back by popular demand is the watermelon eating contest that will take place around 7 PM...and there is even a round this year for the adults!

    Be sure to arrive early in order to sign up if you would like to participate; spots go quickly!

    Parents/caregivers must sign up and accompany minors to this event.

  • Parking

    Street Parking

    You may park in designated parking spaces for free before 5 PM downtown for two hours. Street parking is free/unlimited after 5 PM.

    Parking Garages

    City parking garages are free and open to the public after 5 PM.

    Parking Lots

    City parking lots are pay-by-space before 5 PM and free after 5 PM.


    View/download our Downtown Parking Brochure for more info.

  • Downtown Street Closures

    Main Street between Massachusetts Avenue and E Rose Street will be closed from 7:30-9 PM on July 3rd.  

  • Food

    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 festivities in celebrating our great nation.


    We are excited to welcome the following vendors to Red, White & Kaboom 2019! 


    Food:

    Other:


    Bringing Food

    You may bring your own food, but grills are not permitted.

  • Alcohol @ RWK

    Alcohol is permitted, but please no glass bottles or containers.

  • Geofilters

    Snapchat and Facebook geofilters have been created for the event. Please use the filters and share your experiences through social media using #RWK, #redwhiteandkaboom2019 and #RWK2019. All City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom.

  • Rain

    This is an outside event that will go on, rain or shine! (But we suggest you bring your rain gear, just in case.)

  • Tents & Umbrellas

    Tents, pop-ups and beach umbrellas are not permitted during the event. Personal rain umbrellas are permitted for inclement weather but no umbrellas or any other items are allowed to be staked into the ground.

  • Restrooms / ADA Facilities

    There will be restroom stations throughout the event, and ADA accessible restrooms will be available at all stations.

  • Pets

    Pets on leashes are allowed. Just remember some pets are sensitive to loud noises and may not enjoy the fireworks.

  • RWK a Family-Friendly Event

    Red, White & Kaboom is most certainly a family-friendly event!

    Kids (and adults, for the first time!) are invited to sign up for the Watermelon Eatin’ contest! Signups are first-come, first-served and will be open at 6 pm near the stage, so be sure to sign up EARLY.

  • How long has Red, White & Kaboom been happening?

    Since 2004.

  • When does the event start/end?

    Red, White & Kaboom takes place from 6-9:15 PM; fireworks start at 9 PM.

  • Why July 3rd?

    Publix Field at Joker Marchant does fireworks on July 4th each year following the Lakeland Flying Tigers Baseball game. We figure there is nothing wrong with celebrating our nation twice!


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