July 3rd Event Red, White & Kaboom Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Unknowns
LAKELAND, FL (May 1, 2020) – After much deliberation, it has been decided that the July 3rd event Red, White & Kaboom is cancelled due to the unknowns associated with COVID-19. City staff met in late January to discuss a smaller footprint for the event because of construction taking place in downtown Lakeland. Since that time, the world has been hit with the impacts of COVID-19. The reduced footprint for the event has now been compounded by the unknown of the coronavirus. After lengthy discussions with staff and the event sponsors it has been decided that the event will be cancelled for 2020.
The event originally started in 2003 when Joker Marchant Stadium was under renovations. The July 4th event was only going to move downtown around Lake Mirror for one year while the stadium was under construction. The popularity of the event at Lake Mirror caused the creation of Red, White & Kaboom that happens on July 3rd while an additional celebration takes place on July 4th at Tigertown in conjunction with a Lakeland Flying Tigers baseball game. July 3, 2004, marked the first official Red, White & Kaboom and since that first event, it has been fully sponsored by the private sector. Central Florida Eurocars sponsored the event up until 2009 when the downturn of the economy caused the dealer to reprioritize funding.
T. Mims Corp has been the corporate sponsor for Red, White & Kaboom since 2009 when they graciously stepped forward to assist with the event during the economic downturn. The day the public was notified that the event was cancelled, Tom Mims called the City of Lakeland and stated that he and his wife Paula would sponsor the event. The Mims family are long supporters of community events and they wanted to continue the tradition of families coming together to celebrate our nation’s history. “We love our country and our community and we didn’t want to see this great event go away,” remembers Tom Mims. “As a Country and as a Community, we will be back.”
“T. Mims Corp is disappointed we won’t be able to celebrate with our friends, family and the community at large during Red White and Kaboom this year. But, we know that the safety and well-being of our greater Lakeland community is the most important treasure we have,” said Paula and Tom Mims. “We encourage everyone to participate with the many non-profits providing essential services here in Lakeland and remember that our food distribution organizations still need our help. Please remember Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) as you make donations. Our gratitude goes out to all of our essential workers and please know the Mims family and T. Mims Corp are proud to stand with you!”
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 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 110 years ago.
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