Even pets look forward to the city of Clermont’s Independence Day festival. Or, at least the patriotic ones do.
The city recently revealed plans for its annual 4th of July Red, White & Boom celebration at Waterfront Park. The free event runs from 6-10pm, and the grand finale of fireworks over Lake Minneola starts at 9:15pm. The community is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to watch the fireworks.
Traditional activities will include a pie-eating contest, stilt walker, and old-fashioned games, and popular returning activities include the Most Patriotic Costume contest—for people and pets. In addition, a Kids Zone offers wet slides, bounce houses, and rides on a trackless train, a news release states.
Entertainment includes Gary Roland and the Landsharks, a band performing Jimmy Buffett tunes, and dance performances at the Waterfront Pavilion.
Offsite parking is available at First United Methodist Church at 7th Street and State Road 50, and at Clermont Middle School and Cypress Ridge Elementary School on East Avenue. Free shuttles will transport guests to and from Waterfront Park. For more information, call 352.708.5975.
In Mount Dora, the city is getting an early start on the Fourth festivities with its all-American celebration, Freedom on the Waterfront. The event starts at 4pm July 3 at Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N. Donnelly St., and culminates with a 9:20pm fireworks display over Lake Dora.
The 13th Army Band, with opening act Spayed Koolie, will play music on the stage, a KidsZone will offer fun activities, and food trucks and beverages will be available.
Free public parking will be available with shuttle service to and from the reserved lots. Handicap parking will be in the lower level parking garage. Train service is sponsored by Visit Mount Dora and will be available at the Mount Dora Plaza Shopping Center, 2700 W. Old U.S. Highway 441. Van shuttles sponsored by Mullinax Ford will be available at the First Baptist Church Mount Dora, 1000 E. 1st Ave.
For more information, visit cityofmountdora.com.