Celebrate America, Tallahassee’s Annual Independence Day Celebration, featuring Swingin Harpoon & Tobacco Rd Band

Celebrate America, Tallahassee’s Annual Independence Day Celebration, featuring Swingin Harpoon & Tobacco Rd Band

Join us on July 4th at Tom Brown Park for Celebrate America, Tallahassee’s annual Independence Day celebration.

This year, our main stage acts include The Swingin’ Harpoon Blues Band and Tobacco Rd Band with Eric Durrance. The main stage will open at 6:00pm.

Other activities include:

  • Children’s Activity Area (entertainment, arts/crafts, pony rides and bounce houses)
  • Food Vendors
  • Arts/Crafts Dealers
  • Exhibitors
  • Naturalization Ceremony
  • Fireworks

About Celebrate America

On Thursday, July 4, 2013, the City of Tallahassee will proudly present Celebrate America, city’s annual Independence Day celebration. This year’s entertainment will feature the Swingin Harpoon Blues Band and the Tobacco Rd Band, both local favorites.

Events, Activities & Vendors

Main Stage activities will kick off around 5:30 pm. The City of Tallahassee Showmobile Stage will delight one and all with a variety of song, dance and instrumentals to include Tallahassee Gymnastics Center Dance, TCC Dance Company, The Shelter Band and more. Showmobile entertainment will, also, kick off around 5:30 pm.

The Naturalization Ceremony, with the Honorable District Judge Mark Walker presiding, will take place on the Main Stage at 6:40pm. A truly patriotic and moving event, the Naturalization Ceremony will make you proud to be an American!

Tallahassee Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department will host a children’s activity area, featuring inflatables, supervised arts and crafts, four water slides and games galore! Be sure to bring the sunscreen, bathing suits, towels and a change of clothes for the kids!

There will be food vendors aplenty offering a wide variety of tasty treats – from bbq and funnel cakes to snow cones and seafood-there’ll be something to satisfy even the most finicky appetite.

Parking & Transportation

There is limited public parking inside Tom Brown Park. The Tallahassee Police Department will close all vehicular access to Tom Brown Park, except for the StarMetro shuttles and emergency vehicles, at 8:30 pm or earlier according to parking availability. Early arrival is recommended. StarMetro will, once again, FREE shuttle service leaving the Koger Center at approximately 5:30 pm and heading to Tom Brown Park. The shuttles will run about every 15 minutes. The last bus will leave the Koger Center at 9:00 pm. The Koger Center is located on Capital Circle S.E. The shuttles will load on the side of the Hartman Building facing Capital Circle. NOTE: StarMetro will ONLY pick up and drop off  passengers at the Koger Center and at Tom Brown Park. No exceptions.


Personal fireworks (including sparklers!) and alcohol are strictly prohibited inside the StarMetro buses and at Tom Brown Park and are subject to confiscation by law enforcement officials. A public beer garden will be available to those 21 years and older with valid ID.No pets, except service animals, are allowed on the StarMetro buses or in Tom Brown Park on July 4th. The Dog Park will be closed starting at sunset on Tuesday, July 3 and all day July 4 and will reopen at sunrise on Friday, July 5.

About the Bands

Swingin Harpoon Band

From a lifetime love of blues & swing influence, and after being everyone else’s harmonica player, Mike ‘Salty’ Lanigan conceptualized a swinging blues band, and fine picked his musicians and started working on SWINGIN HARPOON , performing original songs and quality covers. Music genres from big city blues, swing, funk. Music with passion…better yet,raw swingin blues! Blowing his first harp in a bar at age 14, Salty has learned the workings of the live music business. Salty got his licks learning from early harmonica works of Magic Dick (J.Geils), Steve Cash (Ozark Mountain Daredevils), the Late Pat Ramsey and William Clarke. Opening or performing with such artists as 2013 Grammy Award Winner Derek Trucks, Pat Ramsey & The Blues Disciples, Eddie Kirkland, Jason Ricci, Biscuit Miller, Sen Chambers, Albert Castiglia, Major Bacon, Watermelon Slim, Eric Culbertson, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Eddie House Rocking Shaw, Bill ‘ The Sauce Boss’ Wharton, Georgia Satellites, Herbie Mann, Spyro Gyra, Atlanta Rhythym Section, Starship, Billy Dean, Terry Clark, Tom Gribbon, T.C. Carr, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence, Confederate Railroad, Billy Dean, Tracy Byrd, Joe Nichols, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Collie, Jeanie Sealy, Janie Fricke and many more. Founder Mike ‘Salty’ Lanigan has produced three CD’s, with various musicians including the renowned Clarence ‘Big C’ Seay, (a jazz bassist formally with Winton Marsalis). American Without Prefix (2007 Indie), Swingin Harpoon debut CD, met great critical reviews, and as well, Swingin Harpoon’s latest CD, Live at The Bradfordville Blues Club (2010) has sold out of the first run of copies…and is sure to create a stir in the blues world.

Tobacco Road Band

CMT touring artist Eric Durrance formed the Tobacco Rd Band in 2010. The Tallahassee four-piece band came out of the gate running and has accomplished in less than one year what some bands spend a lifetime trying to do. Powered by the songwriting of Eric, the soulful guitar playing of Lex Vance, the solid bass playing of Aaron Halford and the feel-good rhythm of drummer Joe Markham, The Tobacco Rd Band has been a hit since the first time they stepped onto the stage. Front man Eric Durrance, who opened for Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum on the 2008 CMT tour, returned to his roots in Tallahassee, Florida where he formed what he calls the dream team. “These are some of the best musicians thatI have had the privilege to share the stage with,” says Durrance, who also co-wrote the top 10 hit  Eight Second Ride recorded by country singer Jake Owen. The success of the song has opened many doors for Tobacco Rd and continues to be a favorite in their set list. B 103.1 The Wolf in Tallahassee and XM Satellite Radio Channel Nashville 11 have also embraced their sound by playing three songs off their debut CD, Coming Back Around. Tobacco Rd has played with country stars Jake Owen and Brantley Gilbert and has headlined their own shows on countless stages in the Big Bend area. The band’s fan base keeps growing everyday as people from all over the world discover their music. Tobacco Rd Band teamed up with Coors Light in 2010 and is proud to have them as a sponsor. Together, they have big plans and dreams for the future of the band. This rocking band is here to stay, so hold on tightly ‘cause it’s gonna be wilder than any Eight Second Ride!

Schedule of Events

Off Stage Activities


Published by The TC Team

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