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As aways, West Orange and Southwest Orange are the perfect communities in which to celebrate the Fourth of July.
by: Michael Eng Editor and Publisher

As aways, West Orange and Southwest Orange are the perfect communities in which to celebrate the Fourth of July. If you’re looking for old-fashioned family fun, live music, barbecue and a fireworks display or two, check out these events — all happening in our community!

CLERMONT
MONDAY, JULY 4
RED, WHITE & BOOM 

7 to 10 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Waterfront Park, 330 Third St., Clermont. This celebration will feature food trucks, pie-eating and costume contests, and live music from The Actual Bank Robbers. It culminates at 9:15 p.m. with a fireworks display over Lake Minneola.  

HORIZON WEST 
SATURDAY, JULY 2
INDEPENDENCE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Open to Independence residents and their guests, this event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 2. Hosted at the Commons at Independence, Avenue of the Groves, this event will feature an INDY KidZone, food trucks, entertainment and vendors. Then, guests will be treated to a fireworks display over Lake Hancock. This event started in 2016 and attracted about 1,500 residents in its first year. Last year’s event drew 5,000.

METROWEST
MONDAY, JULY 4
METROWEST MUSICWORKS 

The second annual MetroWest MusicWORKS will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, July 4, at MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. Organized by the MetroWest Master Association and sponsored by Orlando Health, this free community event will feature live music tribute bands performing Motown and Elton John tunes, as well as a plethora of food trucks. The night will culminate with a 20-minute fireworks show. Attendees should take chairs or blankets. Coolers and pets are prohibited. No public entry will be allowed before 4 p.m. Off-site parking will be available at Valencia College West; a shuttle to and from MetroWest Golf Club will be provided.

OCOEE 
SUNDAY, JULY 3
LET FREEDOM SING!
 
The Voices of Life Community Choir will perform its Let Freedom Sing! concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at West Orlando Baptist Church, 1006 E. Crown Point Road, Ocoee. The concert will feature members of all branches of the military, as well as a group of Trail Life boys and American Heritage Girls all in uniform and bearing flags.  

WINDERMERE
MONDAY, JULY 4
FOURTH OF JULY PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The town of Windermere will host its annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 4, at Town Hall, 520 Main St. The town will provide pancakes, butter and syrup. Bring your own special toppings such as sprinkles, chocolate chips, berries or more (pancake flippers can add these in for you). Additionally, the town will have juice, milk and coffee while supplies last. For the first time, Tim’s Wine Market Windermere will have mimosas available for purchase.

WINTER GARDEN 
FRIDAY, JULY 1
RED, WHITE & BLUES ON THE PLAZA (LIVE MUSIC)

This event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Centennial Plaza, West Plant Street, downtown Winter Garden. The Grimes Alley Blues Band will usher in the holiday weekend with classic blues combined with country tunes. Enjoy the live music from nearby dining patios or swings, or bring a chair for a front-row seat. 

SATURDAY, JULY 2
WINTER GARDEN FARMERS MARKET INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Downtown Pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. Visit the patriotic-decorated market for some old-fashioned fun, including live music, kids crafts, family games on the lawn and one-stop shopping for your holiday barbecue.

MONDAY, JULY 4
ALL AMERICAN KIDS PARADE AND BREAKFAST

This annual pancake and parade event on the Fourth of July is great for the entire family. The event begins at 8 a.m. Monday, July 4, at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 W. Bay St. Children and their families are invited to enjoy a pancake breakfast made by the members of the Masonic Lodge. Children get in free, and donations are being requested. After a morning of pancakes, children are invited to ride in a parade. Decorate your bike, scooters or strollers with a patriotic theme and ride around Winter Garden for an early-morning celebration. The breakfast will take place from 8 to 10 a.m., with the parade lineup starting at 9:45 a.m. The breakfast is sponsored by Gymnastics USA, and the parade by the West Orange Heritage Foundation, and the event is sponsored by the city of Winter Garden. 

“HISTORY SPEAKS: DIARY OF A GENERATION”
Showings at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. “History Speaks: Diary of a Generation” makes a stop at the Garden. A Q&A with local filmmaker to follow the second screening.  

PARTY IN THE PARK
Winter Garden’s annual Party in the Park will begin at 6 p.m. July 4 at Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. Take a chair, blanket or have a seat in the grass for this annual Winter Garden tradition. Live music, family activities, food and more keep the evening fun for all ages. The event will culminate with a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Parking is available at several locations on North Dillard Street. No personal fireworks or alcohol is permitted.

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Michael Eng is the editor and publisher for the West Orange Times & Observer, West Orange Observer, Baldwin Park Living magazine and OrangeObserver.com. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism....

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