LAKELAND, FL (June 30, 2021) – The 2021 T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Saturday, July 3rd, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m., with the 60 West Band entertaining the crowd before a dazzling fireworks display launches at 9:00 p.m.
We are asking everyone who attends to please bring at least one non-perishable food item. Volunteers will be stationed around the Promenade throughout the evening, collecting canned food items that will be donated to Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE). VISTE is a community-based non-profit organization serving Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, and Ft. Meade. Established in 1983, VISTE’s primary goal is to enable elderly persons to continue living independently and safely in their own homes. There is also a text-to-give option available for those who would prefer to donate that way. Individuals that wish to donate money can text FEEDLAKELAND to 50155 and follow the prompts.
Red, White & Kaboom festivities will start with a live concert featuring the energetic 60 West Band that will undoubtedly command the crowd playing popular hits. The 60 West Band is a professional top 40 cover band based out of Tampa, Florida. They have been developing their unique sound and diverse repertoire of songs since 2016. The band was recently voted Best of the Bay for Best Vocalist and Best Local Release. They were also voted Runner-Up for the Best Bay-Area Cover Band. Their music spans decades and includes everything from the Beatles to Bruno Mars.
Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation, said, “We are very excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year. It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country.” He added, “We ask all those attending to bring a canned food item that will help those in need. All non-perishable items benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE). We want everyone to have fun be we also want to help raise awareness for VISTE and use this opportunity to have the community’s largest canned food drive.”
During Red, White & Kaboom, there will be a variety of food trucks around Lake Mirror, so bring a blanket, bring your appetite and enjoy the festivities in celebrating our great nation. The event will conclude with a dramatic display of fireworks over the lake. The evening is free to the public, and everyone attending is encouraged to bring at least one non-perishable food item to benefit VISTE. Those attending may bring personal coolers, but NO glass bottles, please. Also, no pop-up tents or large beach umbrellas.
For the event, the Iowa Street Parking Garage, Heritage Plaza Garage, and the Main Street Parking Garage will be open for the public. There will be a special ADA lot set up for individuals with disabilities. The lot at Catapult Lakeland (502 E Main Street) can be accessed from Massachusetts Avenue and Cedar Street. There will be a barricade at the location, guarded by a police officer. Vehicles must have a placard in their window or license plate designation to be considered eligible for parking in the designated ADA lot. This lot is a first-come, first-served lot, and access will be closed once full.
A Facebook geofilter has been created for the event. Please use the filter and share your experiences through social media using #redwhiteandkaboom2021 and #RWK2021. For more information, visit LakelandGov.net/RWK.