Staff Report

Westfield Brandon is once again celebrating Independence Day with its annual Brandon Blast on Thursday, July 4, from 5-9 p.m. in the Restaurant Courtyard in front of The Cheesecake Factory and Bahama Breeze Island Grille. The event is sponsored by WQYK 99.9.

“Westfield is committed to being an active member of the communities we serve,” said Dawn Arvidson, marketing director at Westfield Brandon.  “Brandon Blast is a wonderful opportunity to provide our shoppers with the only fireworks display in the Greater Brandon area and a place for our families to celebrate the holiday.”

The event, which originated in 2003, is expected to attract thousands of people to enjoy live bands, family entertainment, dining and the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.  The event culminates with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. New this year are free interactive activities presented by area not-for-profit organizations. Other free attractions include the fireworks display and live music. A special Kid’s Zone will feature bouncy house fun and face painting for a nominal fee.

Attendees can register for a chance to win the $1,000 shopping spree by visiting The Restaurant Courtyard that day from 5-9 p.m. Complete details are available on the Westfield Facebook page at WestfieldBrandon.

Westfield Brandon’s collection of shops will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 and the restaurants and select department stores will remain open throughout the evening.

Westfield Brandon is conveniently located off I-75 (exit 257) and SR 60. The Crosstown Expressway also adds easy access, as well as shopping center entrances located off SR 60, Providence Rd., Lumsden Rd. and Causeway Blvd. The center is home to five major department stores – Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears and Dick’s Sporting Goods – as well as more than 200 specialty stores, restaurants and eateries. For more information, please visit


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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.