Phillips Automotive Group has joined the City of Leesburg to help celebrate the Fourth of July with one of the area’s biggest holiday events of the year.
The annual celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, at Leesburg’s Venetian Gardens will feature a huge fireworks display with choreographed music from the famous Zambelli Fireworks, free kids rides and games, a concert from local bluesman Bobby Blackmon, a Leesburg Lightning baseball game, food vendors and free ice cream.
“Larry Phillips is a wonderful businessman who has been in this area for many years. I am thrilled that Phillips Automotive Group is taking part in the Fourth of July celebration,” said Leesburg Mayor David Knowles. “The Fourth has always been a great event that attracts plenty of people – we hope to make it special again this year.”
Phillips Automotive Group recently presented Leesburg with $12,000 to become the primary sponsor for the Fourth of July activities. The company, which has been selling new and pre-owned vehicles in north Central Florida for more than 30 years, includes Phillips Toyota Scion at 8629 U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg, Phillips Buick/GMC at 2160 U.S. 27/441 in Fruitland Park and Phillips Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Ram at 3440 S. Pine Ave. in Ocala.
The City of Leesburg is busily working to improve the 65-acre Venetian Gardens park at 201 E. Dixie Ave. to prepare for the big holiday event. Most of the aged, wooden bridges are being rebuilt. Overgrown aquatic plants are being removed along the shore of Venetian Cove off of Lake Harris. The Leesburg Community Center recently was repainted and new sidewalks were built.
“Almost everyone knows Venetian Gardens as the jewel of Leesburg – we should have this magnificent park spruced up and ready to welcome everyone for the Fourth of July,” Knowles said.
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.