MAYOR BUDDY DYER INVITES ORLANDO TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH AT LAKE EOLA WITH FIREWORKS AT THE FOUNTAIN



Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites residents and visitors of Orlando to attend the 35th annual Fireworks at the Fountain on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando. The event will feature live entertainment on two stages, a play area with bounce houses and face painting for kids, the Orlando Magic interactive RV with video games and festive Fourth of July cuisine available for purchase. 

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and spectators are encouraged to arrive early for a great viewing spot.

Just before the firework show kicks off, there will be a special patriotic Lake Eola Fountain water, light and sound show for attendees.

The highlight of this event is a spectacular 15-minute fireworks display that begins immediately following the fountain display.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
The City of Orlando will have a booth providing attendees with an opportunity to purchase a piece of the old Lake Eola Fountain, souvenirs made out of remnants from the original and iconic fountain.  All proceeds from the sales directly benefit the Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Inc., a non-profit organization created to support the mission of the City of Orlando’s Department of Families, Parks, and Recreation.  The funds raised through the sale of these souvenirs will go directly towards the upkeep and future enhancements at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando.

LIVE MUSIC:
Live entertainment on two stages:

Amphitheater Stage

  • 98.9 WMMO Local Music Spotlight
    • Bailey Callahan
    • Like the Movies
  • Orlando Concert Band

K92.3 Stage

  • Hayfire Band

WHEN: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 
4 – 10 p.m.
Fountain show begins at 9:15 p.m.
Fireworks show begins at 9:20 p.m.

WHERE:
Lake Eola Park
195 North Rosalind Avenue

PARKING:
The free LYMMO Circulator is recommended for Downtown residents and attendees parking at garages other than the Orange County Library Garage (located at 112 East Pine Street).  LYMMO stop information is located on our websitewww.cityoforlando.net.

Handicapped parking will be available on Rosalind Avenue between Jefferson Street and Central Boulevard on July 4th for the event. Please approach the road closure and show the police officer your handicapped designation for parking.

FOURTH OF JULY SAFETY REMINDER:
Mayor Dyer and the Orlando Fire Department want to ensure residents and visitors have a safe Fourth of July holiday weekend.  According to National Fire Protection (NFPA) research, there are more U.S. fires reported on a typical Independence Day than on any other day, and fireworks account for more than half of those fires.  In 2009, fireworks caused an estimated 18,000 reported fires. These fires resulted in an estimated $38 million in direct property damage.

Here are some safety tips from the Orlando Fire Department for the Fourth of July weekend:

  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
  • Residents and visitors are encouraged to leave the fireworks to the professionals.  Do not use consumer fireworks.
  • After a fireworks display, never let children pick up left over fireworks.  They may still be active.

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