SUN CITY CENTER — The Community Association of Sun City Center is gearing up for a grand celebration of this traditional summer festival.
Beginning the day with what has become a 4th of July tradition, organizers Joanne and Sam Sudman once again lead a team of more than 100 volunteers offering a delicious breakfast at the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd. Breakfast is served from 7:30–11:30 a.m. and is open to the public. The fare includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, toast, orange juice and coffee, all for $5. Proceeds from the meal will go to help finance future July 4th events.
After breakfast, residents can wander over to the community pool for swimming and sunbathing. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., DJ Leanne Williams will provide a variety of music as well as opening up the mic for anyone who'd like to dazzle their friends with a little karaoke. Since this celebration focuses on family fun, the hours for children in the pool have been extended to 11 a.m. to dusk.
Concessionaires C&J Specialty, a Gibsonton based group, also will be on hand to sell festival favorite foods such as hot dogs, smoked sausage, french fries, chips, cold drinks and more. Free water will be available. Beginning at 2 p.m, the association will hand out free ice cream.
The entertainment moves onto the lawn as the group Expressions performs from 1 to 3 p.m. in the gazebo on Cherry Hills Drive under the oak trees. This concert is also free.
The festivities wind down at 3 p.m., allowing residents plenty of time to attend the fireworks display of their choice. In recent years, fireworks have capped off the holiday at Sun City Center, but corporations who sponsored the light show in years past withdrew their funding.
"We haven't given up on the fireworks forever," Community Association president David Floyd said. "We're still trying to find sponsors and people who will help us out with that. We're optimistic that there will be fireworks in the future."
Floyd said one past sponsor, Brandon Honda, did donate money to help defray the expenses of the entertainment, provide the water and ice cream.
"We really appreciate that they are still willing to help us," Floyd said.
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