Your Guide to the Fourth of July Celebrations in Lake County
As July 4 approaches, cities are bracing for what promises to be a huge celebration as most were canceled last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year Independence Day falls on a Sunday, which means a fun weekend for the whole family.
Here’s a look at the celebrations around Lake County.
Friday July 2
Eustis: Hometown Celebration
Eustis will kick off the July 4 festivities with their hometown celebration, which kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday July 2 at Ferran Park.
The event combines their First Friday Street Party with an evening of live music, vendors, water ski show, petting zoo, waterslide, ax throwing and more.
As part of the Independence Day event, the city will offer free entry to the swimming pool and paddling pool of the Eustis Aquatic Center from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm. Swimsuits are compulsory.
Then sit back and enjoy a fireworks display over Lake Eustis from 9:30 p.m.
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Minneola: Freedom Day
Are you looking for something new? Take part in the first celebration at Trailhead Park in Minneola on Friday, July 2 from 6 p.m. The event will feature food and retail vendors, children’s activities and an evening fireworks display.
saturday july 3
Mount Dora: Independence Day Parade & Waterfront Freedom
Mount Dora has moved its Independence Day parade to Saturday July 3 of this year. It’ll start at 4 p.m. on Donnelly Street.
After the parade, head to Gilbert Park and Elizabeth Evans Park to listen to live music, food trucks, vendors and more.
Then at 9:30 p.m., enjoy the fireworks display over Lake Dora.
Montverde: Celebration of stars and stripes
Plan an afternoon of fun at the Montverde Stars and Stripes Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 3 at Kirk Park.
The event will feature over 60 vendors, food trucks, live music, face painting, inflatable fun zone, vintage car show, animal show, contests and giveaways.
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Leesburg: lakeside party
Leesburg will be hosting its lakefront celebration on Sunday July 4 starting at 6 p.m. at Ski Beach.
The opening is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Leesburg Lighting baseball game, then head to Ski Beach for a children’s play area, concerts, juggler, balloon artist, photo booth, wader, show of water skiing, festive food and vendors.
At 9 p.m., witness Lake County’s biggest fireworks display on Lake Harris. It is hosted by the city, the Leesburg partnership, UF Health Leesburg and Jenkins Auto Group.
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Tavares: Rockin ‘In The United States
The Rockin ‘In The USA celebration takes place in Tavares. It starts at 5 p.m. on Sunday July 4 at Wooten Park, starting with a parade through Ruby and Main streets.
Then enjoy shows, waders, library craft stations, community vendors, a kids ‘dance party, kids’ rides, food trucks and more.
The fireworks will start at 9 p.m.
Clermont: Red, White & Boom
Do you live in South Lake County? Clermont will host its Red, White and Boom celebration from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday July 4 at Waterfront Park.
The event will feature food trucks, music from DJs, aerials and more.
Then bring a blanket and enjoy the fireworks display over Lake Minneola at 9:15 p.m.
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Groveland: July 4th on the farm
Head to Lake Catherine Blueberry Farm, 5849 Lake Catherine Rd. In Groveland and enjoy an evening of food, drink and fireworks on the farm.
The event begins at 6 p.m. on July 4.