BLOG POST UPDATE

Most local July 4th events have been canceled, such as Celebrate America and Southwood’s Celebration of the Red, White & Blue. There is a rain date for the Southwood fireworks set for Saturday the 6th starting right after 9pm. If you have info about any other local events being rescheduled, please comment below to share! Hope everyone is safe and finding indoor fun instead. There were a few indoor options in our post such as Capital Lanes, looking at the wall, Movies 8, feeling sorry for yourself, Fun Station…although maybe staying in is the best plan to be safe. Sorry friends!

ORIGINAL BLOG POST

One thing is for sure, and that is, that our town sure knows how to celebrate and come together as a community for holidays.  In these days before Fourth of July, we’ll all start seeing local businesses share about their various Red, White & Blue specials, deals, products and parties.  The Team @ Tally Connection wants to help make it easy for you to celebrate locally this Independence Day.  Enjoy this post now and then again, for updates throughout the next week, as we share what we know about Celebrating Fourth of July in Tallahassee.

What to Do

The City of Tallahassee has planned a Fourth of July extravaganza again this year for their annual Celebrate America, Independence Day event.  Tobacco Rd Band & Swingin Harpoon will be on stage and many, many, many local food and activity vendors will be out for the evening of fun and fireworks!  Learn all about this event when you read our post, Celebrate America, Tallahassee’s Annual Independence Day Celebration. Look for a goodie bag for the kiddos from your friends @ Tally Connection at the FairyDust Faces booth!

Run a race that is a 31 year old Tallahassee tradition, the 31st Annual Kiwanis Firecracker 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk.  Check out the event flyer for details here.  Later that afternoon, head to Tom Brown Park for the Capital City Kiwanis Club sponsored Beer Garden, serving starting at 3pm.

Southwood’s Annual Celebration of the Red, White & Blue includes an evening of spectacular fireworks and more fun, such as live music and food/beverage/glow merchandise for purchase, all starting at 7:30pm, at Central Park Lake, with the fireworks just after 9pm.  Earlier that morning, the celebration also includes festivities starting at 10:30am to include a community parade and then music, food trucks, giveaways, face painting, bounce houses, water fun, games and performers at the playground area. Look for a goodie bag for the kiddos from your friends @ Tally Connection at the FairyDust Faces booth at the morning celebration.

Enjoy Cosmic Bowling all day until 8pm at Capital Lanes.  4th of July specials include: (1)$9.99 per person for two games of bowling and shoe rental, and (2)$39.99 per lane including one lane for up to six people for two hours of unlimited bowling and shoe rental.  Capital Lanes is located at 820 Capital Circle NE and their phone number is 850.422.2696.

Movies 8 has new movies starting Friday, July 5th: EPIC, Hangover 3 and Fast & Furious 6.  The July 4th holiday will be the last chance to see: Wizard of OZ and Olympus Has Fallen.

7th annual 4th of July Celebration @ Killearn Estates starts at 5:30pm at Shannon Lakes Park, 4459 W. Shannon Lakes Dr.  Festivities begin at 5:30 with the fireworks as the finale. A bus will transport to and from Celebration Baptist Church!

Celebrate Independence Day with Fun Station! ALL activities will be $1.50 from 10am – 1pm on Thursday July 4th! Go-karts, Laser Tag, Mini Golf, and Bumper Boats only $1.50 until 1pm.

Bike Eat Shop Tallahassee has a tradition to ride into Tom Brown by bike!  Meet at 6pm at the old Publix location on Mahan and we will avoid all the traffic!  The meeting time may change so watch this page and look for updates! You will need lights!!! and a backpack with a change of shoes and something to sit on at the park….blanket, folding chair, etc.

Live Music from Sarah Mac Band and more at Food Truck Thrusday at 330 W. Tharpe Street.  See the event flyer here.

What to Buy

We love this vintage flag from Peculiar Goods.

If you like to get funky, The Other Side Vintage can dress you well for the 4th!

Next week is Independents Week.  What does that mean & how can you participate?

Trying taking this pic to your local nail salon for some festive fingers.

Freedom Girl Sale starts today (7-2-13) at Cole Couture! What are you wearing for the 4th? 20% off all red, white & blue (including denim!) & 15% off everything else through tomorrow (7-3-13) at 7PM.

Find Florida’s Bounty at the morning and evening events in Southwood to pick up a picnic basket full of yummy local treats for you to enjoy while you gaze at the fireworks from your spot on the lawn.  For example, the large basket with two different kinds of Sweet Grass Dairy cheese, Bagelhead Bagel chips, 12 oz jar of Tupelo Honey, 6 oz jar of local Muscadine Jam, Fresh Pecans, and home grown herbs sounds very nice indeed!

What to Eat

MAYhem Sweets & Treats, by Andi May will debut new Cake Pop flavors on the LAST Friday of each month by The OTHER SIDE Vintage in Railroad Square Art Park from Noon till 2:00pm!  This month, on June 28th, one of the featured flavors available will be Independence Cake Pop.  Can’t make it?  Contact Andi and try to sweet talk her in to saving some for you to pick up.

The classic juicy treat, watermelon, is a must have.  Stop by New Leaf to pick up your sweet slices.  Some tips for picking a delicious watermelon: Listen for a crisp sound when slapping the melon, and look for a light tan spot somewhere on the melon, indicating where it sat on the ground for 90 days undisturbed, getting itself ready for you to enjoy.  Melons should have a bright look and be firm to the touch.  A refreshing melon salad recipe to try at your July 4th parties: Summer Melon Salad with Mint & Prosciutto.

The Cake Shop always pleases with cakes, cupcakes, decorated cookies and more.

Let Piggy’s BBQ put together some All American grub for you and your friends at your parties.  Enjoy the food?  Mark your calendar for their weekly Kids Eat Free days and enjoy the food and the deal, again and again.

Morelia’s Mexican is offering $2 drafts through Sunday, July 7th.

The Crepevine is offering a Buy 1 Get 1 Coupon this week (Tuesday through Thursday), available on our Instagram – @thecrepevine. View the coupon here.

Like this status for a chance to win FREE pizza for a year!

We will be closed July 4th to celebrate Independence Day! Help us celebrate July 1st-3rd! Our celebration will begin with Maddio Monday! Free breadstick Tuesday (with a purchase of an entree) and Happy Hour ALL DAY Wednesday (BUY one GET one drafts)!

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint at Mahan is giving away free pizza for one year.  One lucky winner will be announced on July 4th!  Just like this post to be entered to win.  Plus, happy hour ALL DAY Wednesday, July 3rd, including BUY one GET one drafts!

Harry’s has put together party platters for you, ready to order, and head to your July 4th parties.  Check out their catering menu here to place your orders.

Toady through Sunday you can visit EarthFare for a picnic package including 8 hotdogs and buns, cole slaw and a bag of chips for just $10.  Click here to get the coupon for “A Picnic for $10”.

Cody’s Original Roadhouse will be serving up a combo special all day on the 4th which includes a 1/2 rack of baby back pork ribs and a 1/2 BBQ rotisserie chicken for $13.98.  You can dine in or carry out.  See the full advertisement here.

On the 4th of July, Lofty Pursuits will have one of their rare sales on Toys, look here tomorrow (7-4-13) for details. Plus, get your Flag Candy for July 4th parties!

What to Craft

The Sharing Tree recently shared these fun craft ideas for July 4th: Tin Can Wind Socks & Flag Candle Jar.   The Sharing Tree will be closed for vacation, starting 7-4-13,  so get in Monday through Wednesday from 9am to 1pm (7-1-13 through 7-3-13) for your last minute July 4th craft supplies or try these ideas with things you have around your home already, and then visit The Sharing Tree another time, like for their Sidewalk Sale in July.

Love these mason jars turned popcorn jars, for some up-cycled Fourth of July craft fun, great for party favors.

For crafting with kids, this handprint flag tshirt looks fun and will make a sweet keepsake.

What to Consider

More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year.  Check this out for some prevention tips and give See Spot Run a call if you’d like to arrange for some help while partying or traveling.

Have something to share for any of these sections?  Please comment below.  Thank you!