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Red, White & KABOOM!

Announcing Red, White & Kaboom 2024 (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 Wednesday, July 3rd, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with Gary Love and the Moonlighters, 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.

  • Gary Love and the Moonlighters


    2024 Red, White & Kaboom musical guests, 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.

  • Map & Event Schedule

    2024 Red, White & Kaboom Vendors

    1. Big Hot Box
    2. Breezy Eazy Bistro
    3. Burger 21
    4. Donut NV
    5. Fat Maggie’s
    6. The Mango is Mad
    7. Pelican Snoballs
    8. Pipo’s Latin Food
    9. SB&B Seafood
    10. Thunder Hollow Kettle Korn

    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 / Gary Love and the Moonlighters - 1st Set
    • 7:15 p.m. | Gary Love and the Moonlighters - 2nd Set
    • 8:15 p.m. | Gary Love and the Moonlighters - 3rd Set
    • 9:00 p.m. | Fireworks
    • 9:15 p.m. | Gary Love and the Moonlighters - 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
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    Street Parking:

    As this year's Red, White & Kaboom takes place on Wednesday, 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. ADA-accessible parking can be found at the Magnolia Building and Lake Mirror/Peggy Brown Building Parking Lot.

    Downtown Parking Info | Downtown Parking Brochure


  • Downtown Street Closures

    Road closures begin on June 3, 2024, at 3 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 2024:

    • 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

    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.

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