The City of Groveland is partnering with popular Lake Catherine Blueberries to host the Star-Spangled Spectacular 4th of July celebration. The free event will begin with the Miss and Mr. Firecracker Pageant at 10 a.m. Most of the day’s events will begin at 4 p.m. at the blueberry farm at 5849 Lake Catherine Road in Groveland. The fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m. and will feature dueling fireworks from two launch sites – the only place in Central Florida to do so.
The event will include many fun activities for children, and two stages of live musical entertainment. There will be traditional festival food, soft drinks and adult beverages available.
Mayor Dina Sweatt said, “This year’s 4th of July will be one to remember. There are many new projects that the council has voted on. This 4th of July event is only the beginning!”
Groveland’s 4th of July celebration is one of the longest-running in Central Florida. Traditionally, the event was held at Lake David Park. However, the new site allows for more on-site parking and space to accommodate the expanded activities.
Dustin Lowe, manager of Lake Catherine Blueberries, said that the event will include traditional activities, such as face-painting and pony rides, along with new-generation activities, such as a video-game arcade, gaga dodgeball and water tag.
One of the highlights will be hourly demonstrations of BMX riders performing thrilling tricks. And there will be a steak and dessert cookoff, the only sanctioned one in Florida. Musical entertainment will feature six bands playing classic rock, bluegrass and Latin music on two stages. The bands are: Gunner Down, the Freightliners, Midnight Rising, the Steven Green Band, Mariachi Voces de Mexico as well as Johnny Lee Wyatt & the American Fools.
To find out more about the event, including how to sign up for the pageant and cookoff, go to www.groveland4thofjuly.com or call event planner Bruce Haase at 414-788-3342.