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Summer Guide 2012

Blow it up

July 4 celebrations

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It's straight-up un-American to celebrate our nation's independence without blowing shit up. We recommend that, rather than going DIY with M-80s in your backyard, hit up one of these officially sanctioned July 4th celebrations.

2012 Independence Day Open House View the galleries for free, in conjunction with Winter Park's Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday; Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311; morsemuseum.org.

21st Annual Hunter Vision July 4th Watermelon 5K Run/Walk Independence Day event with a watermelon-eating contest and a kids run. 7:30 a.m. Wednesday; Mead Garden, 1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; $28-$35; 407-898-1313; trackshack.com.

4th of July Celebration Bar and restaurant specials, buy-one-get-one-free airboat rides and live music by 13th Floor. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday; Black Hammock Fish Camp, 2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road, Oviedo; free admission; 407-365-1244; theblackhammock.com.

A Flashback 4th of July "A Salute to Cinema" theme includes a movie-themed costume contest, kids activities, live music by Mo Geetz, DJ Tami, Jordyn Kane and others, and a fireworks show. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; Celebration Town Center, 690 Celebration Ave., Celebration; free; celebrationtowncenter.com.

Celebration of Freedom 12 Kids area, Winter Springs Got Talent performance, live music, national anthem and presentation of colors, food and drinks, and a choreographed fireworks display. 5-9:30 p.m. Wednesday; Central Winds Park, 1000 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs; free; winterspringsfl.org.

Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Patriotic fireworks display over Magic Kingdom. 9 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; included with park admission; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.com.

Firecracker 5K Run Independence Day 5K run through downtown Avalon Park to benefit the Avalon Park Foundation. 7 a.m. Wednesday; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; $25; eventsatavalonpark.com.

Fireworks at the Fountain Patriotic celebration with food, a kids area and a massive fireworks display over the lake. 4-10 p.m. Wednesday; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free; cityoforlando.net.

Fourth of July Festival Traditional celebration with an apple pie bake-off, a hot dog-eating contest and a fireworks display. 5-9 p.m. Wednesday; Avalon Park Town Center, 3831 Avalon Park East Blvd.; free; 407-658-6565; avalonpark.com.

Summer Guide 2012
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