City of Tallahassee Press Release
Don your brightest red, white and blue, Tallahassee, to Celebrate America at the annual July 4th festival at Tom Brown Park. Both stages will open at 5:30 p.m. with a welcoming ceremony on the main stage followed by the always-moving naturalization ceremony for new American citizens.
This year’s entertainment includes local favorites the Swingin Harpoon Blues Band and the Tobacco Rd. Band, featuring Eric Durrance. The Showmobile stage will feature local community talent to include Trousdell Gymnastics Center Dance, Tallahassee Community College Dance Company and The Shelter Band, just to mention a few!
As always, the skies will light up after the concert with a spectacular fireworks display, sponsored by Your Own Utilities, the #1 public utility in America.
While adults enjoy the music, arts and crafts vendors and tasty treats from local food vendors, Celebrate America will also feature a special area just for the kids. To beat the heat, kids will enjoy water-based activities including really large slip and slides and other water slides and activities. 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 5:30 p.m. Passengers are reminded to park at the Koger complex on Capital Circle Southeast, just south of Old St. Augustine Road. Return shuttles back to Koger begin once the fireworks show is over.
Basic rules for the Celebrate America event include:
- All vehicular access to Tom Brown Park, except for the StarMetro shuttles, will be closed at 8:30 p.m. or earlier according to parking availability.
- No personal fireworks (including sparklers), grills or personal alcoholic beverages are allowed.
- No personal tents are permitted in the amphitheater.
- Patrons using the StarMetro shuttle are advised that coolers larger than 12 quarts will not be permitted on buses.
- No pets (except service animals) are permitted on the StarMetro shuttle or at the Celebrate America event.
Additionally, some amenities of Tom Brown Park will be impacted by the event. The dog park will close at sunset on July 3 and reopen at sunrise on July 5, and the disc golf course will remain open for limited use on July 4, with some holes not playable due to Celebrate America activities.
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-FUNN (3866) or visit Talgov.com/parks.