As seen on HBO & Showtime, and The View’s Most Hilarious Teacher with Teah Michael. $10
Celebrate Independence Day at Wall Street Plaza with a block party featuring live music and drink specials, followed by day drinking on the Fourth. free
If there’s any day in this country to celebrate the differences that make us unique parts of a cultural melting pot, it’s the Fourth of July, right? Austin’s Coffee’s I-4 Fest brings a healthy dose of diversity to its lineup this year, with genres like ska (Jahnopa), soul (Eugene Snowden) and garage rock (The Woolly Bushmen) crossing paths with hip-hop (Purple Kloud, E-Turn), country (The Bloody Jug Band) and punk (Sacred Owls). Between sets from more than 20 local acts, you can check out vendors selling art, jewelry, soap and more. There’s even live glass blowing from Strawberry Glass. As always, burgers and dogs of the vegan and non-vegan variety are for sale, along with beer and – duh – coffee. If you’re broke, just wait till the Woolly Bushmen play, as Lagunitas will be passing out free beer during their set. Now that the annual SuiSlide at Lake Formosa is no more, expect the Austin’s Coffee back lot to be packed for the 10th anniversary edition of this local tradition, so plan ahead and carpool. It’s the American thing to do. – Thaddeus McCollum $7
We love a Fringe revival. Seriously, there are just too many shows at Fringe Festival to see all the best ones every year; inevitably, at the end of the fest, the crowd is raving about a show you completely missed. So a lot of you may be pretty chuffed for a second chance to see David Lee in the Eric Bogosian-penned one-man show Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll – after all, there were only six Fringe performances. In our review earlier this year, we wrote, “Watching Lee unravel and tighten throughout a series of monologues on a sparse set was almost more human than humanity itself. Sure, it’s dark stuff … but, as has become the norm with Lee’s thespian bloodletting, the dynamics are huge, the smiles spare, the truths loud and the meaning clear.” Who says there are no second acts in American lives? – Jessica Bryce Young $10-$15http://wanzie.com
A celebratory fireworks show, with a salute to the states. Cost of admission.
Reserve a table on World of Beer Downtown's patio for the fireworks and get two buckets of Oskar Blues and a German pretzel included. $100http://worldofbeer.com
A twist on Fourth of July with costume contests, live music and a sci-fi themed fireworks show. free
Get to Bayside Stadium for a patriotic, musical, firework finale to your day! Cost of admission.
Guests of the park may enjoy this choir of inspirational songs. price of admission
A 5k, free kids' run, watermelon eating contest, military appreciation and more, celebrating the fourth of July. $35http://www.TrackShack.com
Breakfast and crafts sponsored by the Masonic Lodge, Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and the Downtown Merchants' Association. free
A bicycle and horse-drawn wagon parade, accompanied by the Bach Festival Society Choir and Brass Ensemble, followed by an open house. free
The Bach Festival Society sponsors a day featuring live patriotic music performed by the Bach Festival Brass Band and Bach Festival Choir, horse-drawn wagon rides, Orlando Cloggers, a Rockin’ Roadster Road Show and more. freehttp://bachfestivalflorida.org
Vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and raffles. $10http://www.reptiday.com/melbourne.html
Live bands, a classic car show, street performers and Elvis. freehttp://myoldtownusa.com
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