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4th of July events set for Highlands County

A list of community events going on around the county.
Lake Placid
The Lake Placid fireworks display will take place at 8:30 p.m. July 4 over Lake June in Winter from the Lake June Ball Park, sponsored by Lake Placid Jaycees. Arrive early for parking.
The Red, White & Blues Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4 and 5 in downtown Sebring.
Festivities will be held at the Allen Altvater Cultural Center on Lake Jackson with live music by local and Florida talent, a patriotic review by Highlands Little Theatre, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Beautiful Baby Bathing Suit Contest, Patriotic Pet Costume Contest, a “Wizard of Oz” trivia contest, variety of food vendors, beer garden and fireworks show at 9 p.m. July 4 over Lake Jackson, sponsored by the City of Sebring, Sebring CRA, Agero, Alan Jay Automotive Network, Griffin Carpet Mart, Heacock Insurance, Highlands Independent Bank, Johnson Stivender Wealth Advisors, Living Water Services, Palms of Sebring, Rotary Club of Sebring, Scosta Corp., South Ridge Abstract & Title, Stewart Construction, Swaine & Harris, PA, and Whitlock Land Surveying.
July 4th performers include Heartland Idol winner Nala Price 1-2 p.m., Simple Acts Performance Showcase 2-3 p.m., Heartland Idol runner up Cammie Lester 5-6 p.m., The Shannon Reed Band 6:30-8:45 p.m. and the Highlands Little Theatre’s Patriotic Revue every hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Emcee will be County Commissioner Don Elwell.
July 5th performers include Trace 2-4:30 p.m. and The Blues Factor Band 6:30-10 p.m., which features a previous saxophonist for the Rev. Al Green. Emcee will be Sebring Mayor John Shoop.
For more information, visit www.RedWhiteBluesFest.com.
Avon Park
The Avon Park Fourth of July Celebration will start at 11 a.m. in Donaldson Park with multiple food and craft vendors, music, bounce houses, family activities and a beer garden sponsored by the American Legion.
The Heartland Pops will host and All American Concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Grogan Center, 595 E. Main St. It is free to the community. Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided by the youth group of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Visit www.heartlandpops.org.
Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. on Lake Verona, sponsored by the Avon Park Jaycees and Main Street CRA. The community is encouraged to watch from Donaldson Park or areas surrounding the beach. Bring a chair.