Not too many small towns can say they have their own Fourth of July fireworks display but, thanks to Avalon Park West (APW), Wesley Chapel can.

For the fifth consecutive year, APW will host a celebration that, in past years, has drawn crowds in the thousands.

And, for the third straight year, it is the only place in Wesley Chapel to catch a professional fireworks display, since the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel stopped hosting its Freedom Fest celebrations at the Shops at Wiregrass.

But, it’s not just about fireworks at Avalon Park West, a growing mixed-use community located off S.R. 54, adjacent to (and technically a separately-developed part of) New River Township. The party actually begins at 5 p.m., with a host of family-friendly activities leading into the rockets’ red glare, which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

“Our Independence Day Celebration is meant to bring all of the region together for an event they will remember,” says Stephanie Lerret, senior VP at Avalon Park Group, the developer of APW. “We take great pride in providing unique opportunities to play in Avalon Park West.”

The activities include:

• A pie bake-off.

• A bike parade, with kids showcasing and decorating their bikes.

• Wet & dry slides, for kids of all sizes.

• Dozens of vendors featuring crafts and other goods

• Food Trucks

Last year’s crowd was estimated at 3,000 people, and Marielle Fernandez, APW’s marketing and events coordinator, says “we expect even more this year.” Fernandez adds that there also will be bounce houses and community performers this year.

“The idea is to bring the community together,” she says. “This event is for them.”

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