4th of July celebrations, virtual 5K and more: Here are 9 things happening this week in Central Florida

4th of July celebrations, virtual 5K and more: Here are 9 things happening this week in Central Florida
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Firework shows, a virtual run and a new stunt show opening at Universal Studios are some of a few things happening this week in Central Florida.

With Independence Day upon us, here are nine things to look forward to:

1. Legoland’s Red, White and BOOM!

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Legoland Florida is hosting its annual Fourth of July event Saturday.

The park said the fireworks show will feature “bursting LEGO bricks.” The event is included with regular park admission.

Click here to learn more about the event.

2. Fourth of July at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld will be lighting up the night sky with fireworks and pyrotechnics “during a one-of-a-kind, patriotic finale to your day.”

The parks said fireworks are included with park admission and can best be viewed from Bayside Stadium.

Click here to learn more.

3. Virtual AdventHealth Watermelon 5K

For the first time in 30 years, officials said the July 4th AdventHealth Watermelon 5K will be virtual.

Track Shack has already postponed three of their races and announced this past week that they are making their popular Advent Health Watermelon 5K a virtual race. Runners will still receive a shirt and medal like usual, but will do the 3.1 mile run on their own.

To learn how to participate, click here.

VIDEO: Advent Health Watermelon 5K going virtual this summer

4. The Bourne Stuntacular opens at Universal Studios Orlando

On Tuesday, The Bourne Stuntacular will open at Universal Studios Orlando.

The theme parks said fans from around the world can watch a virtual sneak peek of the show Monday.

The virtual sneak peek will be available to watch at 7 p.m. on Universal Orlando’s YouTube channel.

5. Brevard County mask mandate

On Tuesday, Brevard County leaders will propose requiring visitors and residents to wear a mask.

Several areas in Central Florida have already enacted a mandate that requires residents to wear a mask, including Orange County, Osceola County and Daytona Beach.

6. Aquatica Orlando returns to regular hours 

If you’re ready to have some fun in the sun this summer, Aquatica Orlando announced it will be resuming regular operation starting Thursday.

In order to visit the park, guests must make a reservation using the park’s online reservation system. Click here to learn more about making a reservation.

7. IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Officials said the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will make its historic return this Independence Day, with the IMSA WeatherTech 240.

The event, which took place at the 3.56-mile high-banked tri-oval/infield road course from 2002-2010, kicks off the return to racing and a revised 2020 calendar for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as well as the return of fans to the “World Center of Racing,” officials said.

8. Fourth of July celebration at Avalon Park

Officials said a Fourth of July celebration in downtown Avalon Park will consist of fireworks only at 9 p.m.

Anyone who goes is asked to abide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and government recommendations.

9. Bay Drive Park to open in Flagler County

Bay Drive Park will open Thursday in Flagler County, officials said.

County officials said the park includes an observation deck with binoculars, a walking trail, educational signage, elaborate dune walkovers, as well as a bocce ball court and a horseshoe pit.

“This is a beautiful park,” said County Engineer Faith Alkhatib. “It’s been a long time coming for our residents in Flagler County. The project team did a fabulous job.”