Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Friday, September 18, 2020

Tavares plans fun activities for adults and kids at July 4th festival

The city of Tavares has added a few new-fangled twists to its Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration.

The festivities begin at 3pm Wednesday, July 4, at Wooton Park in downtown Tavares. City staff members will pass out American flags to the first 1,000 guests. A Patriotic Parade begins at 5pm on Main Street, and a flag raising and fireworks over Lake Dora are scheduled for 9pm, a news release states.

At Wooton Park, visitors can join in a dance party with Orlando’s best dance band, Blonde Ambition, enjoy crafts and storytelling with library staff, and let the kids play on the inflatables hosted by the Tavares Chamber of Commerce. They also can enjoy the Tavares Square and play games with the YMCA staff, climb a rock wall, and experience a Percussion Petting Zoo. Other musical entertainment includes Soul Therapy and a DJ.

The Van Cam is a party on wheels. The 1978 VW bus is one of the most unique photo booths in Central Florida, the release states. Inside the bus is a touchscreen interactive system, complete with booming surround sound, a spinning disco ball, and a high roof that can accommodate guests up to 7 feet tall.

To beat the heat, visitors can step into the Polar Pod Mobile Cooling Station or take their dogs to the Fire Department’s pet hydration station.

Food trucks will be available, and a collection will be held for military donations. See for approved donation items. Free parking will be available at the city parking garage. For more information, call 352.742.6319.