It’s no secret that Lakelanders take the 4th of July seriously, with one of the biggest festivities kicking off the weekend on July 3rd and events continuing through July 4th. Here are the details!

July 3rd

Red, White & Kaboom! 
Official Event Details & Maps | Facebook Event Page Link
When: 6 pm – 9:15 pm
Where: Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror | 501 E. Main Street in Lakeland
Music and entertainment begin at 6 pm with The City Saints; fireworks begin at 9 pm.

Red, White & Blue – Snack & Shop!
Official Event Details | Facebook Event Page Link
When: 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Downtown Lakeland
This year, enjoy shopping and dining downtown as well as food trucks, vendors, and exhibitors on N. Kentucky Avenue, north of the railroad tracks, stretching down to Oak Street. The LDDA is partnering with the City of Lakeland’s annual “Red, White & Kaboom” and the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally’s “Red, White & Food Trucks” to bring you “Red, White & Blue Snack & Shop.” Downtown shops and restaurants will be open late! 

Red or White Wine and Kaboom!
Facebook Event Link
When: 4 pm
Where: Federal Bar Lakeland
$3 Wine all day and all night.
Happy Hour: 4-8 pm!

Red, White & Brews!
Facebook Event Link 
When: 6-10 pm
Where: Swan Brewing
$4 pints of Freedom Lager, view of Lakeland’s fireworks, live performance from Jack Sprouse, Will Quinlan, and Joshua Reilly at 7 pm, and burgers from Cuban B’s.

July 4th

Flying Tigers – 4th of July
Facebook Event Link
When: 4 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium| 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33805
Celebrate Independence Day with the largest fireworks show in Polk County, following the game. The Sofa Kings will perform between the game and fireworks, and then around 9 pm enjoy a 15-minute fireworks show.
Tickets: Purchase tickets here | Ticket packages available in the 34 Club and Pepsi Pavilion that include food and watching fireworks on the field!
For tickets call the BayCare Box Office at 863-413-4140 or online
Parking is FREE!

Restaurants that will grill 4th of July-worthy BBQ!

Mojo Federal
BBQ is their brand. Choose from BBQ ribs, pit-smoked chicken, beef brisket, and my personal favorite, burnt ends.

Granger & Sons Bar-B-Que
Granger & Sons serves barbecued ribs, beef, and pork, plus classic sides.

Jimbo’s Pit Bar B-Q
In business for more than 52 years, Jimbo’s serves ribs, chicken, and pork.

The Red Top Pit Stop
Serving barbecue and burgers, this stop also offers a Southern breakfast as well as a range of platters and sandwiches.

Mission BBQ (Open July 3rd, Closed on July 4th)
 On a mission to serve all-American BBQ goodness for the love of our soldiers, firefighters, police officers, first responders, and all of our loved ones in the service. Their menu offers Texas-inspired oak-smoked brisket, slow-smoked pulled pork, turkey, chicken, and sausage.

Blue Dog Craft Barbecue
Continue the celebration through Saturday and enjoy Blue Dog Craft Barbecue at the Downtown Lakeland Curbside Farmers Market. 8am-1pm