Runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts of all ages can have summertime fun by participating in the Hunter Vision Watermelon 5K on Thursday, July 4, on Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park. The 3.1-mile run/walk begins at 7 a.m. It’s an All-American-style celebration featuring a shady course, entertainment, free kids’ run and watermelon-eating contest. Visit trackshack.com for more information.
From Paul Revere silver to Rookwood pottery, from Louis Comfort Tiffany glass to Daniel Chester French sculpture, it’s all on view for free this Independence Day at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Observing its long-standing tradition for the holiday, the museum will provide free admission to its galleries on Thursday, July 4, in conjunction with Winter Park’s Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Central Park. The museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Winter Park’s Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. includes a bicycle parade, horse-drawn wagon rides, live patriotic music by the Bach Festival Choir and more. It’s a throwback homage to old Americana, all happening conveniently in downtown Winter Park along Park Avenue. Visit cityofwinterpark.org for more information.
It’s peak boating season in Florida, and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and the weekend following means the waterways will be jammed with recreational boaters. Save the Manatee Club is handing out free banners that boaters can raise on their boats when there’s a manatee nearby, to warn other boaters. Free banners, signs, decals and helpful waterway cards can be obtained by contacting Save the Manatee Club via email at [email protected], by regular mail at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, or by calling toll free at 1-800-432-JOIN (5646). For more information, visit savethemanatee.org
The Art & History Museums –Maitland’s (A&H) popular program Ladies’ Art Lounge continues with bookmaking fun on Friday, July 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the A&H’s Germaine Marvel Building, located at 210 W. Packwood Ave. in Maitland. Pre-registration is required. A cash wine bar is available, and outside alcohol is not permitted. To register, visit ArtandHistory.org, or call 407-539-2181, ext. 265.
Baldwin Park will host its annual Independence Day Bash on Friday, July 5, along New Broad Street in the Village Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. This year’s event also coincides with the monthly First Friday series hosted by the Baldwin Park Merchant’s Association, and the two events will be combined to create a large, family friendly festival culminating with a choreographed fireworks show over Lake Baldwin in Harbor Park after dark. For more information on the Baldwin Park community or the Baldwin Park Joint Committee, please contact Susan Comisky at 407-740-5838 or email [email protected]
Bring your eReader and cable for eLab at the Maitland Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 5. Visit maitlandpubliclibrary.org for more information.