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Looking to celebrate Independence Day? Let us count the ways

Those looking to celebrate Independence Day while staying local have a wide range of options this year.

Plan on digging out the tie-dye for the 2019 KIAFEST Main Street Blast held June 28-29 at Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey. The two-day event kicks it off early with a nod to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.

Music is the main focus of this event because of the golden anniversary, said New Port Richey Main Street executive director Liz Misemer. John Gilliss, owner of Friendly Kia, came up with the theme and perhaps a tradition, she said, noting that Main Street celebrated Woodstock's 40th anniversary in 2009.

This year's event features an array of tribute bands (Wholigans, Peace of Woodstock, Supernatural, Kiss the Sky) as well performances by local favorites such as Barefoot Bob & The Hope and Julie Black.

Black, an independent blues singer/songwriter with a purist stance, typically plays originals. Even so, she promises to "Woodstock it up a bit" with some cover tunes the band has never played before. Among them is Richie Haven's Handsome Johnny, along with a little Janis Joplin.

"It's something my fans have been hounding me to do for years," said Black, who has been performing for about 15 years at establishments throughout Tampa Bay and at local events such as Chasco Fiesta, Pasco Pride and the Cotee River Seafest.

"It's a rare thing for us to do," she said, "but the spirit of Woodstock is a rebellious spirit, so we want to pay homage."

Other offerings include a military vehicles display, classic car cruise-in, trolley pull, Kids Zone, river boat tours, food and craft vendors and a fireworks display.

"This is an all-ages event where you can just enjoy the day," Misemer said. "People can come downtown, do a little shopping, get a bite to eat, take a little boat tour and see the fireworks. We're just hoping for good weather so the folks can enjoy themselves." If you go: KIAFEST Main Street Blast will be from 5 to 11 p.m. June 28 and noon to 11 p.m. June 29 in Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey. Fireworks will be at 9 p.m. June 29 (weather permitting). Free.

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Other holiday events:

  • Connerton's Nation Celebration: 5 to 9 p.m. June 29 at Connerton, 21100 Fountain Garden Way, Land O' Lakes. The public is welcome to attend Connerton's sixth-annual old-fashioned neighborhood celebration that will include live music, a DJ, local crafters, food and fireworks. The event is free. Visit connerton.com or call 813-996-5800.
  • Red White and Brew Fest: 5 to 11 p.m. July 3 at Anderson Snow Sports Complex, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5. The event, presented by Hernando Parks and Recreation, will feature food trucks, vendors, crafters, Inflatable Party Express kids area, multiple beer/wine tents, live music, a salute to veterans and fireworks. No outside food or drinks, coolers, pets or tents. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, sunscreen, bug spray and cash for some vendors.
  • High Point Independence Day Parade: 9 a.m. July 4 at High Point Boulevard, just beyond the community information booth. It will travel left down High Point Boulevard to Club House Road and end at the community center at 12249 Club House Road. Refreshments will be served in the center. Raffle tickets will be sold to win a patriotic outdoor bench, as well as a number of gift cards donated by local merchants. For information, contact Toni McCabe at (330) 256-3368 or McCabeToni@yahoo.com, or mail to the High Point Community Property Owners, 8008 Baltic St., Brooksville.
  • Machine Gun Shoot: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Five cars and trucks will be destroyed. Machine gun owners can pay $20 to participate (must be 18 or older). More than 100 machine guns are expected to be shooting. No tracers or incendiary ammunition allowed. Spectator admission is $2, children younger than 15 admitted free with adult. Food and drinks will be available. For details, call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.
  • Fourth of July Picnic: Noon to 4 p.m. July 4, at Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road, Wesley Chapel. The free event is hosted by Hebron Family Life Center. There will be a picnic and family activities. Reservations required. RSVP to (813) 642-6124.
  • 4th of July Firecracker Smash'm Up Demolition Derby and Fireworks: 4 to 10 p.m. July 4 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Includes games, bounce houses, laser tag, food, music, crafts, vendors and a fireworks finale. Parking is $5; admission is free. The demolition derby (optional) starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 4-12 and free for 3 and younger. Call (352) 796-4552 or visit hernandocountyfair.com
  • Marine Corps League 708 Family Day and Fireworks: 4 p.m. July 4 at 8405 Sunshine Grove Blvd., Brooksville. Free admission. Fireworks start at dusk. There will be water slides, kids games. Hot dogs, hamburgers and beer for sale.
  • Avalon July 4th Celebration: 5 to 9 p.m. July 4, at Avalon Park West Community Center, 5227 Autumn Ridge Drive, Wesley Chapel. There will be a bounce park, a bike parade, bake-off, community performances, vendors and a fireworks finale. The event is free. Visit avalonparkwest.com/fourthofjulycelebration/ for more information and vendor registration; email to info@avalonparkwest.com; or call 813-783-1515.
  • El Cuatrofest: 5 to 11 p.m. July 4 at Barrington Hill Farm, 16117 Lake Iola Road, Dade City. Tickets are $25 per carload. VIP: $40 per person. Music, watermelon-eating contests, artisan vendors, food trucks, beer and wine garden, full-cash bars, a cornhole contest, lawn games and a fireworks show. Demolition Derby begins at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
  • American Family Celebration: 6 to 9:30 p.m. July 4 at Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Featuring a night of music, food, fun and fireworks. The event is free. For information, call (352) 293-7673 or visit greatlifechurch.com.
  • City of Port Richey's Fireworks Show: 9 p.m. July 6. Waterfront Park, (8119 Old Post Road) is one of the best viewing spots. The park will open at 11 a.m. on the day of the event.

Connerton's Nation Celebration: 5 to 9 p.m. June 29 at Connerton, 21100 Fountain Garden Way, Land O' Lakes. The public is welcome to attend Connerton's sixth-annual old-fashioned neighborhood celebration that will include live music, a DJ, local crafters, food and fireworks. The event is free. Visit connerton.com or call 813-996-5800.

Red White and Brew Fest: 5 to 11 p.m. July 3 at Anderson Snow Sports Complex, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5. The event, presented by Hernando Parks and Recreation, will feature food trucks, vendors, crafters, Inflatable Party Express kids area, multiple beer/wine tents, live music, a salute to veterans and fireworks. No outside food or drinks, coolers, pets or tents. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, sunscreen, bug spray and cash for some vendors.

High Point Independence Day Parade: 9 a.m. July 4 at High Point Boulevard, just beyond the community information booth. It will travel left down High Point Boulevard to Club House Road and end at the community center at 12249 Club House Road. Refreshments will be served in the center. Raffle tickets will be sold to win a patriotic outdoor bench, as well as a number of gift cards donated by local merchants. For information, contact Toni McCabe at (330) 256-3368 or McCabeToni@yahoo.com, or mail to the High Point Community Property Owners, 8008 Baltic St., Brooksville.

Machine Gun Shoot: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Five cars and trucks will be destroyed. Machine gun owners can pay $20 to participate (must be 18 or older). More than 100 machine guns are expected to be shooting. No tracers or incendiary ammunition allowed. Spectator admission is $2, children younger than 15 admitted free with adult. Food and drinks will be available. For details, call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Fourth of July Picnic: Noon to 4 p.m. July 4, at Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road, Wesley Chapel. The free event is hosted by Hebron Family Life Center. There will be a picnic and family activities. Reservations required. RSVP to (813) 642-6124.

4th of July Firecracker Smash'm Up Demolition Derby and Fireworks: 4 to 10 p.m. July 4 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Includes games, bounce houses, laser tag, food, music, crafts, vendors and a fireworks finale. Parking is $5; admission is free. The demolition derby (optional) starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 4-12 and free for 3 and younger. Call (352) 796-4552 or visit hernandocountyfair.com

Marine Corps League 708 Family Day and Fireworks: 4 p.m. July 4 at 8405 Sunshine Grove Blvd., Brooksville. Free admission. Fireworks start at dusk. There will be water slides, kids games. Hot dogs, hamburgers and beer for sale.

Avalon July 4th Celebration: 5 to 9 p.m. July 4, at Avalon Park West Community Center, 5227 Autumn Ridge Drive, Wesley Chapel. There will be a bounce park, a bike parade, bake-off, community performances, vendors and a fireworks finale. The event is free. Visit avalonparkwest.com/fourthofjulycelebration/ for more information and vendor registration; email to info@avalonparkwest.com; or call 813-783-1515.

El Cuatrofest: 5 to 11 p.m. July 4 at Barrington Hill Farm, 16117 Lake Iola Road, Dade City. Tickets are $25 per carload. VIP: $40 per person. Music, watermelon-eating contests, artisan vendors, food trucks, beer and wine garden, full-cash bars, a cornhole contest, lawn games and a fireworks show. Demolition Derby begins at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

American Family Celebration: 6 to 9:30 p.m. July 4 at Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Featuring a night of music, food, fun and fireworks. The event is free. For information, call (352) 293-7673 or visit greatlifechurch.com.

City of Port Richey's Fireworks Show: 9 p.m. July 6. Waterfront Park, (8119 Old Post Road) is one of the best viewing spots. The park will open at 11 a.m. on the day of the event.

Contact Michele Miller at mmiller@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6251. Follow @MicheleMiller52.

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