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Red, White & KABOOM!

Announcing Red, White & Kaboom 2023 (City News Blog) | T. Mims Red, White & Kaboom Site


The T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Monday, July 3rd, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with the Franchise Players featuring Andrew Luv, entertaining the crowd before a dazzling fireworks display launches at 9 p.m.

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

Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are very excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year and I know the community is looking forward to an awesome event.  It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country with live music and fireworks.”  He added, “We ask all those attending to please bring a canned food item that will help those in need. All non-perishable items benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE). We want everyone to have fun and help support a great cause like VISTE.”


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Red, White & Kaboom FAQs

  • Admission | VISTE Fundraiser: Bring Canned Goods

    We are asking that everyone who is attending please bring at least one non-perishable food item.  There will be volunteers collecting canned food items 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.  Established in 1983, the primary goal is to enable elderly persons to continue living independently and safely in their own homes.

    Canned Goods

    Each 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.

    About VISTE

    VISTE (Volunteers in Service to the Elderly) 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.

  • The Franchise Players Featuring Andrew Luv


    2023 Red, White & Kaboom musical guests are the Andrew Luv & the Franchise Players!

    Red, White & Kaboom festivities will start with a live concert featuring the energetic Andrew Luv & the Franchise Players that will certainly command the crowd playing from their list of popular hits. Franchise Players featuring Andrew Luv" blend elements of Soul, Pop, Smooth Jazz, Hip Hop, and more for a unique and refreshing musical experience. 

  • Map & Event Schedule

    2023 Red, White & Kaboom Vendors

    1. Breezy Eazy Bistro
    2. Crab Kitchen
    3. Fat Maggies
    4. Donut NV
    5. Pelican Snoballs
    6. Thunder Hollow Kettle Corn
    7. Rolling Gourmet
    8. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
    9. Big Hot Box
    10. Top Dogs

    Event Schedule

    • 12:00 p.m. | Mobile Sound Stage Setup
    • 3:00 p.m. | Sound Setup / Band Setup
    • 4:00 p.m. | Sound Check / Food Trucks Arrive
    • 5:00 p.m. | Food Trucks In Place
    • 6:00 p.m. | Address Audience / Andrew Luv & the Franchise Players - 1st Set
    • 7:15 p.m. | Andrew Luv & the Franchise Players - 2nd Set
    • 8:15 p.m. | Andrew Luv & the Franchise Players - 3rd Set
    • 9:00 p.m. | Fireworks
    • 9:15 p.m. | Andrew Luv & the Franchise Players - Closing Song

    Restrooms (Accessible) 

    There will be six accessible restrooms around Lake Mirror. Most of these are portalets, and one is in the Lake Mirror Center. 

    Reserved Parking Spots

    • T. Mims - 6 spots at Lake Mirror surface lot
    • 2 spots at Main Street Garage
  • Parking

    Street Parking:

    As this year's Red, White & Kaboom takes place on Monday, July 3rd. Parking is free after 5 p.m. in public garages*, street spaces, and lots.

     *Free parking at the Main Street Garage starts at 3 p.m.

    Downtown Parking Info | Downtown Parking Brochure


  • Downtown Street Closures

    Road closures begin on June 3, 2023, at 5 p.m.

  • Share Your Flair

    During the event get ready to "Share Your Flair!" We will be searching throughout the crowd for attendees who have the most patriotic attire! Winners will get a special prize so get ready!


  • Food

    During Red, White & Kaboom there will be a variety of food trucks around Lake Mirror.

    We are excited to welcome the following vendors to Red, White & Kaboom 2023:

    • Breezy Bistro
    • Crab Kitchen
    • Fat Maggies
    • Donut NV
    • Pelican Snoballs
    • Thunder Hollow Kettle Corn
    • Rolling Gourmet
    • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
    • Big Hot Box
    • Top Dogs

    Bringing Food

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

  • Alcohol at RWK

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

  • 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!

  • Personal fireworks and sparklers at RWK

    The City of Lakeland does not allow visitors to bring fireworks and sparklers to the Red, White, and Kaboom fireworks show for safety reasons. By prohibiting personal fireworks and sparklers, the City can better control the use of pyrotechnics and minimize the risk of accidents or injuries.

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

    Since 2004.

  • When does the event start/end?

    Red, White & Kaboom takes place from 6-9:30 PM; fireworks start at 9 PM.

  • Citrus Connection | Squeeze Downtown Shuttle Carts

    The Citrus Connection's Squeeze Downtown Shuttle carts will be operating on a regular schedule over the weekend (6/30-7/2) and will run on Monday (7/3) as well for Red, White & Kaboom. Squeeze will operate Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to help bring people to and from parking garages, downtown and the historic district as just one other transportation alternative for our Red, White & Kaboom celebration!

    See map Below:

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