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Independence Day events

Lake Placid

The Lake Placid fireworks display is at 9 p.m. tonight over Lake June in Winter from the Lake June Ball Park. Arrive early for parking.

VFW Post 3880 has planned a three-day celebration for the Fourth of July, open to the public. It will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a picnic featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, potato and macaroni salads, baked beans, desserts and watermelon. Music will be provided by DJ Ben of Lake Placid.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, bingo will be played. At 5:30 p.m., Frank E will play for dancing or just listening. Food will be pulled pork sandwiches and french fries.

On Sunday, sausages, hot dogs, hamburgers and summer salad will be served all day. Poker will be played at 1 p.m. A cake walk will begin at 5 p.m. Music will be provided by DJ Ben at 5:30 p.m.

The post is at 1224 County Road 621.


The Red, White & Blues Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Saturday in downtown Sebring.

Festivities will be held at the Allen Altvater Cultural Center on Lake Jackson and will include live music, a patriotic revue by Highlands Little Theatre, a hot dog eating contest, a beautiful baby bathing-suit contest, a patriotic pet costume contest, a “Wizard of Oz” trivia contest, along with food vendors, a beer garden and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Friday over Lake Jackson.

July Fourth performers include Heartland Idol winner Nala Price, 1 to 2 p.m.; Simple Acts Performance Showcase, 2 to 3 p.m.; Heartland Idol runner-up Cammie Lester, 5 to 6 p.m.; The Shannon Reed Band, 6:30 to 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.

Saturday’s performers include Trace, 2 to 4:30 p.m., and The Blues Factor Band, 6:30 to 10 p.m., featuring a saxophonist who performed with 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 food and craft vendors, music, bounce houses, family activities and a beer garden sponsored by the American Legion.

The Heartland Pops will host a free All American Concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Grogan Center, 595 E. Main St. Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided by the youth group of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Learn more at www.heartlandpops .org.

Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.