SUN ‘n FUN Recognizes Front-Line Workers and First Responders at First Friday Flight Night


PRESS RELEASE – SUN ‘n FUN, one of aviation’s most iconic events, is making it easier for locals to attend its weekend festivities while supporting Downtown Lakeland on April 2nd, 2021. Continuing the fun theme of “Flight Night”, SUN ‘n FUN is the hosting sponsor for the city’s First Friday event, held monthly in the city’s central area surrounding Munn Park. The sponsored promotion will give attendees to the downtown event ticket discounts and a chance to spin a prize wheel for upgrades and giveaways, plus SUN ‘n FUN will recognize front-line health care workers and first responders who have had such a challenging year due to COVID-19.

“Lakeland is our home, and SUN ‘n FUN belongs to this city and to the residents of Polk County,” said Greg Gibson, Chief Marketing Officer. “The return of First Friday to Downtown Lakeland is the perfect opportunity for folks to come out and experience the fantastic businesses and restaurants in this great city. We started sponsoring the event with the name Flight Night back in 2019, and we’re excited to partner once again with Downtown Lakeland and other Downtown Champions to help welcome back First Friday this year by recognizing the dedicated people who have served so heroically during the pandemic.”

According to Gibson, tickets will be available for purchase at Flight Night for any day of the 6-day event, but the discount deals are on the weekend, when Lakeland kids are out of school and families can attend together. “We’re offering Florida residents a BOGO for the weekend shows,” he said. “Buy an adult ticket for Saturday, and you’ll get Sunday’s admission for free! In addition, any front-line health care workers who present a valid ID from any local hospital or emergency care facility or first responder presenting a certified badge will receive a free single-day pass to SUN ‘n FUN 2021.” Gibson offered that other pricing and discount packages can be found on the show’s website at

Gibson also revealed that in addition to the discounts, any purchase at Flight Night’s booth gets a chance at spinning a prize wheel, with prizes including free tickets, VIP upgrades, apparel, and other fun perks.

The 47th annual SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo takes place at Lakeland International Airport on April 13-18, 2021. There are over 450 exhibitors with high-tech experiences showcasing the latest innovations in aerospace technology. There is a 7-acre ramp and ½ mile of real runway with dozens of military fighters and heavy aircraft, plus four huge areas with hundreds of Warbirds, Golden Age, Homebuilt, and Light Sport aircraft. Visitors can meet fighter pilots and veterans from every era of aviation in multiple theaters and showcases. There are airshows daily, plus night shows on Wednesday and Saturday night. The airshows have over 50 acts scheduled for the week, and the featured performances this year will come from the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, The Blue Angels, and a Lakeland first – a Drone Light Show called “Star Dance Spectacular”, on Wednesday and Saturday nights. A fireworks show and breathtaking 2,000-ft Wall of Fire will provide a dramatic finale to Saturday night’s festivities. For more information visit

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