After a two-year hiatus, a tradition dating back more than 10 years is returning with red, white and blue sparks for this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Baldwin Park.
The first production of the Independence Bash was a smaller rendition produced by the Rotary Club of Baldwin Park in 2010. The event was taken over by the Baldwin Park Joint Committee in 2012 and existed as an annual event until the pandemic hit in 2020.
Special Event Producer Adam Bailey says he is excited to have the event back this year and promises it will be bigger and better than ever before.
The free event will kick off with a festival in the Village Center of Baldwin Park hosted by the Baldwin Park Joint Committee and presented by Orlando Health. The Village Center will come alive with participants and sponsors of all kinds offering fun including shopping, festival snacks and food trucks, a beer garden, face painting, balloon art, interactive activities, and more.
Featured food trucks will include Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, The Knot, MiCasita, Chicken Waffle Grill, Artisan Experience, Philreal’s Smokin BBQ, Alo Cuban Kitchen, Pho Wheels Orlando and The Real Maine Lobster.
The event also will feature a main stage near the lake featuring an interactive deejay, Bradmaster J; live performances such as the local Dance 360 Orlando team; and music.
At 9:15 p.m. residents will enjoy a spectacular 15-minute choreographed fireworks show over Lake Baldwin.
Bailey has been designing and producing events for 21 years.
He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
Bailey always has had a passion for creating, entertaining and the social aspect that comes from the business.
“There are a lot of pride inducing moments that come from producing large scale events and that fulfillment is what drives me to be the best every day,” he says. “Each day in my world is different, and you never know what’s around the next corner. I just absolutely love it. Being a longtime resident of Baldwin Park, it brings me great joy to provide the community with events that they can be proud of.”
Bailey worked closely with the Baldwin Park Joint Committee, led by president Will Campbell, to produce this event and other signature events to bring the community together and help support the businesses within the area.
The event producer said his goal for the Independence Bash is the same for all of the community events.
“We want to produce polished, well executed events that the community can be proud of, all the while continuing to grow the signature events internally and creatively push the envelope,” Bailey says. “The end goal is a vibrant, involved, flourishing Baldwin Park joining in community.”