A Fourth of July in Southwest Florida has as much fun as it does fireworks. Before the show starts, here’s a few ideas on how and where to spend your time by the beaches.
The day begins bright and early on Sanibel Island with the annual Independence Day Parade on Periwinkle Way. It’s followed by the island’s longest-running July Fourth event, the Road Rally. This annual game is part road race, part trivia, as groups compete to solve puzzles while driving a course around Sanibel and Captiva islands. Registered teams can win based on time, mileage and most questions answered correctly.
Later that morning, another parade starts on Fort Myers Beach and ends in Times Square. You can expect big trucks, colorful floats and plenty of costumes. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks show. Back on the mainland, thousands will gather in the afternoon for Freedom Fest in downtown Fort Myers. This free, family-friendly event has a live DJ and band, along with food, crafts and kids’ activities. If you’re south of town, visit Bonita Springs for Star Spangled Bonita. And you can’t miss Red, White & Boom in Cape Coral. Go for big-name entertainment (featuring LOCASH this year), amusement rides and a kids-only section.
You can also celebrate America’s birthday with our country’s favorite pastime. The Fort Myers Miracle will have one of their biggest nights of the year, with Miracle players decked out in special USA-themed jerseys and their own fireworks show at the end of the ball game. Sanibel Island also ends the holiday with a show in the sky. To get the best view of the fireworks, hop on a cruise from Adventures in Paradise or Pure Florida and watch from the water.
Have fun! And after the Fourth, make a plan to relax on the beach.
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