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Fourth of July in Orlando

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July 4
18th Annual Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration Watch a parade of local notables and organizations and then enjoy live music, food and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; cityofwinterpark.org.

22nd Annual Hunter Vision Watermelon 5K Not only will you run or walk in this fundraising event, but you can also join in a watermelon-eating contest. 7 a.m. Thursday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; $24-$35; trackshack.com.

4th of July Celebration at Avalon Park This annual shindig comes complete with an apple pie bake-off, a hot dog-eating contest, a bike parade, live performances and a 3D fireworks show. 5-9 p.m. Thursday; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; 407-658-6565; avalonpark.com.

A Sci-Fi 4th of July Join in a movie-themed costume contest, enjoy live music by bands and watch a fireworks show set to a sci-fi themed soundtrack. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Celebration Town Center, 690 Celebration Ave., Celebration; free; 407-566-1202; celebrationtowncenter.com.

Celebration of Freedom Head to the park for kids games, a vendor showcase, a live Winter Springs Got Talent competition and an evening fireworks display. 5-9:30 p.m. Thursday; Central Winds Park, 1000 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs; free; 407-327-6593; winterspringsfl.org.

City of Orlando's 36th Annual Fireworks at the Fountain Grab a seat by Lake Eola and a beer from the beer garden and then enjoy live music on stage throughout the night, ending with a spectacular fireworks display over the lake. 4-10 p.m. Thursday; Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave.; free; cityoforlando.net.

Foundation Project 4th of July Block Party Live DJs and musicians span eight stages at three venues, featuring fire displays, a foam arena, food trucks and craft beer. 7 p.m. Thursday; Firestone Live, 578 N. Orange Ave.; call for prices; 407-872-0066; firestonelive.net.

Independence Day Celebration Head to the park for an evening of live music by Brickyard Road and the Crescent City Eagles Dixieland Band, plus a sparkling fireworks display. 4 p.m. Thursday; Riverside Park, South Riverside Drive and Downing Street, New Smyrna Beach; free; 386-424-2175; nsbwaterfrontloop.com.

Independence Day Open House In celebration of the holiday, guests receive free admission to view the museum's galleries. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday; Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311; morsemuseum.org.

July 4 Party Featuring Valient Thorr, Ramming Speed, Gypsyhawk, American Party Machine Plus food, beer and a pie-eating contest. 9 p.m. Thursday; Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $11-$14; willspub.org.

Party in the Park Families enjoy live music, kids activities, food and drink options and a fireworks display that evening. 5-9:30 p.m. Thursday; Newton Park, 29 Garden Ave., Winter Garden; free; cwgdn.com.

Star Spangled Sanford Celebrate Independence Day on the Riverwalk with food and drinks, live entertainment, a splash pad and fireworks over Lake Monroe. 5-10 p.m. Thursday; Fort Mellon Park, 1000 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-688-5120; sanfordfl.gov.

The City of Kissimmee Independence Day Celebration & Naturalization Ceremony With live music, food vendors, a beer garden, kids power zone and fireworks that night. 5 p.m. Thursday; Kissimmee Lakefront Park, 101 Lakeshore Blvd., Kissimmee; free; 407-935-1412; kissimmee.org.

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