Lakeland Electric’s six-story flag will return.

WHAT: Red, White & Kaboom, a community festival with fireworks held yearly since 2004.

WHEN: Tonight, 6 to 9:15. Fireworks at 9.

WHERE: Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror. (See detail map below)

ADMISSION: Free. Everyone is encouraged to bring a canned good for Volunteers in Service to the Elderly.

FOOD, DRINK: Ten food trucks, mostly near the amphitheater (See a list here.) In addition, 20 food trucks will line Munn Park from 5 to 9 as part of the downtown district’s Red, White & Blue Snack & Shop (See a list here.) Grills are not permitted; alcohol is, but not in glass bottles.

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MUSIC: The City Saints, a Lakeland band playing hits with an island flair. According to their Facebook profile: “We sing praises to the God who has given us new life, freedom, and forgiveness. It’s all about Jesus!”

PARKING: City parking garages and lots are free after 5 p.m.  On-street parking is free in designated spaces starting at 3 p.m. and unlimited after 5 p.m.

CONTEST: Watermelon-eating contest takes place at 7. Arrive early to sign up. There are several categories for children and adults; children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

DON’T BRING: Tents or beach umbrellas

SPONSORS: T. Mims Corp. and the City of Lakeland with Ledger Media Group and Ultra Production Group

HASHTAGS, GEOFILTERS: #RWK, #redwhiteandkaboom2019 and #RWK2019.

IF YOU CAN’T GO: The event will be live-streamed starting at 6 p.m. on LakelandGov TV, and the video will be archived for later viewing.

FIREWORKS ON THE FOURTH: Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Thursday and music by the Sofa Kings follow the Flying Tigers Game at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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