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A large American flag flops in the breeze above the Fanfare & Fireworks celebration at Flavet Field on July 3, 2012.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.

Some 'Fanfare' with the 'Fireworks':

Returning Wednesday as Gainesville's annual Independence Day celebration, Fanfare & Fireworks starts at 7 p.m. with plenty of the former — including jazz from Richy Stano and Mindwalk, rock from Mark Gaignard and the Barstool Prophets, and traditional favorites from the Gainesville Community Band — before ending with the climactic latter about 9:40 p.m. The free event is planned at the University of Florida's Flavet Field.

Fanfares & Fireworks: 7 p.m. Wednesday, fireworks at 9:40 p.m., Flavet Field, UF campus. Free.

MUSIC:

This year's “Free Fridays” salute to Independence Day is “The All-American Paynes Prairie Home Companion.” Modeled on the NPR show hosted by Garrison Keillor, the performance includes music by Quartermoon and the New Prairie Dogs, featuring Mike Boulware, Cathy DeWitt, Mick Marino, Rob Rothschild and Ron Thomas, along with comedy from Gregg Jones, mock commercials and the “News from Lake Wauberg.”

“All-American Paynes Prairie Home Companion”: 8-10 p.m. Friday, Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Free.

FOURTH OF JULY:

Independence Day celebrations on Thursday include Micanopy's, with its annual parade bringing plenty of red, white and blue to downtown at 11 a.m., followed by a fish fry at the Micanopy Historical Museum. Events shift to the Micanopy Ballpark, where children can enjoy bounce houses and other fun from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and fireworks will light up the sky at dusk.

Micanopy Fourth of July: Parade at 11 a.m. Thursday; fish fry at 11:30 a.m., Micanopy Ballpark events from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk; downtown Micanopy and Micanopy Ballpark, 702 NW Eestaulkee Ave. Free.

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Alachua's annual festivities include “The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America” at 9:30 p.m. at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex. But the fun starts at 3 p.m. with children's activities including a petting zoo, bounce houses, water slides and splash pads, while adults can enjoy bingo contests, dancing and live music.

“The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America”: 3-10 p.m. Thursday, Hal Brady Recreation Complex, 14300 NW 146th Terrace, Alachua. Free.

AT THE MOVIES:

“Despicable Me 2”: Animated comedy

“The Lone Ranger”: Action, adventure

BOOK RELEASES:

“Affliction”: Laurell K. Hamilton

“The Son of Neptune”: Rick Riordan

“The Bat”: Jo Nesbo

“Inner Harbor”: Nora Roberts

“Unseen”: Karin Slaughter

ALBUM RELEASES:

“Doubleback Evolution of R&B”: Joe

“PASSION”: Cast recording

“Glorious Ruins”: Hillsong

“The Lone Ranger: Wanted”: Soundtrack

DVD RELEASES:

“6 Souls”: Horror, thriller

“The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series”: TV comedy

“Least Among Saints”: Drama

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