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List of Independence Day events and tips for protecting hearing during fireworks

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The Tom Mims Corporation Red, White, & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place in Lakeland, Florida at the Lake Mirror Promenade on July 3, 2012. It will last from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be live music and a variety of food and drink vendors. The fireworks display will begin at 9:00 p.m. The event is free to the public. The Lake Mirror Promenade is located at 121 South Lake Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801.

The annual fireworks display at Joker Merchant Stadium in Lakeland will take place on July 4, 2012. The fireworks will start after the Lakeland Flying Tigers baseball game. Tickets to the game cost $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors.

Families can celebrate the 4th of July at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Admission is $10 after 3:00 p.m. Member admission is free. The fireworks display will be over the channel at 9:00 p.m.

Clearwater will hold its July 4th celebration at Coachman Park. The celebration will include food, concerts, and fireworks. The event time is from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The park's address is 301 Drew Street, Clearwater, Florida 33755.

The Pier is the location for Independence Day in St. Petersburg, Florida. Activities will begin at 12:00 p.m. and last until 9:00 p.m. There will be live music, food, and fun.

On July 4, 2012 enjoy a spectacular celebration and fireworks at the Kissimmee Lakefront Memorial Park with plenty of live entertainment, food, kids' activities and more! Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The City of St. Cloud will host a community "get-together" in honor of Independence Day on Lakeshore Boulevard. It will include day-long activities, entertainment, arts and crafts displays, and fireworks. Festivities start at 12:00 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Tips for Protecting Hearing During Fireworks:

Noise from exploding fireworks can top 155 decibels (dB)! Fireworks noise for spectators 800 feet away ranges from 88 to 126 dB. But from 10 feet away, it's 155 dB - louder than a military jet takeoff.

If a person is sitting very close to the blasts, there is potential for immediate, sudden, and permanent hearing loss. There are preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the chances of ending up with hearing loss as a result of fireworks.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association makes the following recommendations:

  • Sit at least 500 feet from where the fireworks are launched.
  • If you notice ringing or buzzing in your ears, move farther away.
  • Bring ear protection for every family member.
  • For children under 7, earplugs may be too big. Consider using child-size earmuffs.
  • Ear protection must fit properly in order to provide protection.

For questions related to hearing health and protection, seek the help of a certified audiologist. You can find one in your area at the following link: http://www.asha.org/proserv/.

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