Families start 4th of July celebrations early in Lakeland

Polk County

When people say there’s no place like home, they mean it. 

Especially when it comes to the biggest city in Polk County. 

Every July 3 in Lakeland, something magical happens. Something special. 

Something that can’t be bought in a store or online. It can’t be produced by Hollywood special-effects.

in a lot of cities across the globe, you may have a hard time finding it. 

But, on July 3, it’s here. 

you don’t just see it, you feel it. 

“It’s picturesque. It’s just, you know, you just feel like you’re in America. Home, it’s very nice,” said Tricia Lettieri. 

Home. 

On a night like this, home happens to be on Lake Mirror where families strolled along the water, holding children with dogs in tow.  

This is a place where people say they feel comfortable, safe and most of all, happy.  

This place is all about family, where tradition is very much alive and passed on to the next generation.

“What do I hope it teaches Gia? That we are part of something much bigger than us, it’s definitely she’s a part of it and this is how we celebrate it,” said one mom. 

Another mom out enjoying the night with her two sons and husband told us, “You don’t see this type of event in a lot of places anymore, somewhere where everyone [gets] to hang out outside, enjoy music and have fun.”

It turns out, a night like this lasts all year long.

here’s a good reason for it. You could call it, fireworks for a cause. 

The only cost to get in? A canned good. 

 All food donated goes to help seniors in our community. It is a cause that connects us, where the magic among many is as real as it gets. 

This night, in this city, is all heart and soul. 

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