Weekend Ahead: July 3-5

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Kaboom! This weekend, we honor our freedom by blowing holes in the sky (strictly for agricultural purposes we swear, officer). Thatâ??ll show those birds whoâ??s in charge. And Iâ??ll show you where to go through the ancient art of haiku:

Red Hot and Boom

Family fun day

Music leads to lights in sky

Ah â?¦ patriotism

(4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday at Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8180)

July 4 Celebration

Simple says it best

Apple pie and fireworks

Dancers a nice touch

(5 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Avalon Park Town Center; free; www.avalonpark.com)

Fireworks at the Fountain

Crowd gasps in wonder

Massive aerial display

News copters beware

(4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Lake Eola; free; 407-246-2827)

A Flashback 4th of July

The age of disco

Contained bicentennial

Thatâ??s why the costumes

(5 p.m. Saturday at Celebration Town Center; â??70s-themed; free; 407-566-4007)

Olde Fashioned Fourth of July

Hot dogâ??eating race

Horse-drawn wagon rides and clowns

Nostalgia smells funny

(9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Central Park, Winter Park; free; 407-599-3275)

I-4 Fest

Thirty bands rock out

1776

With louder music

(noon Saturday at Austinâ??s Coffee, Winter Park; $5; 407-975-3364)

Star Spangled Sanford

Picturesque lakeside

Reflects sky show; but best part:

Extreme trampoline!

(5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Fort Mellon Park, 600 E. First St., Sanford; free; www.sanfordfl.gov)

Freedom Fest

Patriot symbols:

A bulldog breedersâ?? showcase

Next door, a gun show

(8 a.m. registration, noon show Saturday at Central Florida Fairgrounds; $10; www.freedomfestbullies.com)

Red, White & Zoo

Zooâ??s birthday also

So they party extra hard

Cheers up the monkeys

(9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Sanford; $10.95; 407-323-4450)

Independence for the Animals Vegan Picnic

One can use tofu

Instead of baby back ribs

To love oneâ??s country

(11 a.m. Sunday at Wadeview Park, 500 E. Harding St.; free; 407-968-2400)

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