Despite an afternoon rife with lightning, thunder and torrential downpours, the city's annual Red, White & Kaboom went on as scheduled.
The celebration happens along the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror with LIVE music, featuring Sam Bullock and the Soul Alliance band.
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 and it is free to the public." Mims added, "We will be continuing our Chow for Now canned food drive to benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly so we want each spectator to bring at least one can of food for VISTE."
There will be Chow for Now volunteers with grocery carts circulating through the park collecting canned goods. Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) is a community-based, non-profit organization serving Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry and Ft. Meade. Established in 1983, the primary goal of VISTE is to enable frail elderly persons to continue living independently and safely in their own home.
Red, White & Kaboom takes place at scenic Lake Mirror at the Frances Langford Promenade located at 121 South Lake Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801. This historic landmark was built in the 1920's. The Promenade, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been a source of pride within the community for generations and it makes a wonderful backdrop for public events.
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