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Red, White & Kaboom returns: What you need to know

Fireworks, food trucks, live music, and more — here’s everything you need to know about this annual fireworks display on Lake Mirror.

A burst of Red, White & Kaboom fireworks shoot off from the lake; downtown Lakeland's skyline reflects on the lake

Red, White & Kaboom is one of Lakeland’s most beloved annual events.

Photo by @lifechanges_klw

Red, White & Kaboom is returning for its 20th year on Wednesday, July 3 at 6 p.m. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a new Lakelander, we’re answering commonly asked questions about the event.

What is it?
An Independence Day celebration on Lake Mirror’s Frances Langford Promenade featuring music, food, and fireworks.

Is it free?
Yes, but guests are asked to bring canned food items to donate to Volunteers in Service to the Elderly. Donations can also be made online.

Who’s playing?
Cover band Gary Love and the Moonlighters will provide the live entertainment before fireworks begin.

Are there restrooms?
Public and ADA-accessible restroom stations will be available around the event.

Where should I park?
Parking is free after 5 p.m. in public garages, street spaces, and lots. Pro tip: Park further away from Lake Mirror for an easier exit after the event.

A band performs on a temporary stage at Red, White & Kaboom as onlookers in patriotic colors walk by and US flags fly.

Find entertainment + food trucks near the Lake Mirror Amphitheater.

Photo by LALtoday

What’s for dinner?
Guests can bring food and alcohol, but grills and glass bottles are not permitted. Fat Maggie’s, SB&B Seafood, and Pelican Snoballs are just a few of the 10 food trucks that will be on-site around the southeast edge of Lake Mirror.

Can I bring my pets?
You can bring leashed pets. Just remember not all pets love fireworks as much as their human counterparts do.

What if it rains?
Events will take place rain or shine. Come prepared with a personal umbrella, but no tents or umbrellas that need to be staked.

When are the fireworks?
The firework display will begin at 9 p.m. with an estimated finale time of 9:15 p.m.

What else is going on?
Catapult Lakeland is hosting a Maker’s Market in its parking lot from 6 to 9 p.m. Over in Munn Park, catch the Lakeland Food Truck Rally with 20 food trucks from 5 to 9 p.m.