FireworksThe huge event sponsored by Phillips Automotive Group will be from 6 to 10 p.m. at the beautiful Venetian Gardens, 201 E. Dixie Ave. on the north shore of Lake Harris. Fireworks choreographed to patriotic music by the famous Zambelli Fireworks Co. will begin at 9:15 p.m.
The pyrotechnics will shoot from floating barges constructed by community volunteers including the event organizer, the Leesburg Partnership, as well as the Leesburg Boating Club and ESI Electrical Contractors and Engineers. Materials were donated by Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply and Cutrale Citrus Juices USA.
Barges will spread out around Venetian Cove to give spectators a better view of the show. Boaters are encouraged to join the celebration in the cove for an up-close advantage.
Phillips Automotive Group will provide a free play zone for kids with five inflatable jump houses, games, clowns, balloon artists and free snacks while supplies last. Leesburg will provide free ice cream, and several vendors will have lots of festive food for sale.
The Venetian Gardens swimming pool will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. The Leesburg Lightning baseball team will compete against the Hope 4 Heroes team at 6 p.m. at Pat Thomas Stadium. Local bluesman Bobby Blackmon will perform at 6 p.m.
Parking is encouraged with easy access in downtown Leesburg around Main Street and at the city parking garage next to the library. The medical plaza parking lot near Leesburg Regional Medical Center on Dixie Avenue also is a good location.
Venetian Gardens was originally created in the 1930s along the north shore of Lake Harris. The historic park features tranquil, meandering canals surrounding six islands, Pat Thomas Stadium, the Leesburg Community Center, the Leesburg Boating Club, Venetian Cove Marina and Ski Beach.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.