Once again this year the City of Tallahassee and Celebrate America, Inc. will stage the annual July 4 festival at Tom Brown Park. Friday’s “Celebrate America” event begins at 3 p.m., with the highlight of the evening being the spectacular fireworks display that night. Those who arrive early at the park will be entertained by live music and performing arts from two stages, with the entertainment continuing throughout the afternoon and evening.
On the main stage, Bud Light presents a FREE concert featuring co-headliners the Atlanta Rhythm Section and the Georgia Satellites. Prior to the co-headliners performing, Tallahassee’s own Eric Durrance will make a special appearance on the main stage at 6 pm. Patrons are reminded that no video, filming or recording of this concert is permitted. The grand finale, of course, is the fireworks extravaganza following the concert. This year’s fireworks are sponsored by City of Tallahassee Your Own Utilities.
The Celebrate America event also includes a naturalization ceremony for new American citizens, arts and crafts vendors, and treats from local food vendors. Special features geared to children will include water activities.
StarMetro, the City’s mass transit system, will offer free shuttles to Tom Brown Park from the Koger Office Center beginning at 5 p.m. Passengers are reminded to park at the Koger complex on Capital Circle Southeast, just south of Old St. Augustine Road – not at the Apalachee Parkway entrance to the office complex. Buses will ferry passengers back to Koger once the fireworks show is over later in the evening. The Tallahassee Police Department will close all vehicular access to Tom Brown Park, except for the StarMetro shuttles, at 8:30 pm or earlier according to parking availability.
Basic rules for the Celebrate America event include:
no personal firecrackers (including sparklers) are allowed;
no personal grills are permitted for use in the park;
patrons using the StarMetro shuttle are advised that coolers larger than 12 quarts will not be permitted on buses;
no animals are permitted on the StarMetro shuttle or at the Celebrate America event.
NOTE: the dog park at Tom Brown Park will be closed all day on July 4 due to the Celebrate America event. Patrons are invited to use the dog park at San Luis Park.
For more information, please contact the City’s Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department at 891-3866 or visit the City’s website at Talgov.com, or the event website at celebratetallahassee.com.