Tallahassee, Florida - June 29, 2011 -
The City of Tallahassee is ready to “Celebrate America” with the annual July 4 festival Monday at Tom Brown Park. The event will begin at 5:15 p.m. with the welcoming ceremony, followed by the always-moving naturalization ceremony for new American citizens. This year’s musical entertainment continues the focus started last year on ‘homegrown’ talent with a variety of local musical and fine arts performers. As always, the highlight of the evening will be the spectacular fireworks display, sponsored by City of Tallahassee Your Own Utilities and City Church.
This year’s free music festival, sponsored by Miller Lite/Coors Light, will feature local musical groups, with performances on two stages. Artists scheduled to appear include Johnny Fire, New 76er’s, Dayve Stewart & the Vibe and SoulCreek, among others. Arts and crafts vendors and a variety of tasty treats from local food vendors will be available throughout the event area.
The Celebrate America event also features a special area for children. To beat the heat, kids will enjoy water-based activities including really large slip and slides and other water slides. Arts and crafts, supervised games and bounce houses will be available, too.
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. 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 p.m. or earlier according to parking availability.
Basic rules for the Celebrate America event include:
· no personal fireworks (including sparklers), grills or personal alcoholic beverages are allowed;
· patrons using the StarMetro shuttle are advised that coolers larger than 12 quarts will not be permitted on buses;
· no animals (except service animals) are permitted on the StarMetro shuttle or at the Celebrate America event;
· both the dog park and disc golf course at Tom Brown Park will be closed throughout the day, beginning at sunrise, on Monday, July 4.
Celebrate America is presented by the City of Tallahassee and is coordinated by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department (RPNA). For more information, please contact PRNA at 891-3866 or visit Talgov.com/parks.