Where to Go & What to Do

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4th of July Fire­works Cruise (July 4, 7:30-9:30pm) En­joy the Sani­bel Is­land fire­works from the wa­ter on the Fire­works Cruise. De­parts from G Dock at Port Sani­bel Ma­rina, 14341 Port Com­fort Road, Fort My­ers. 239-4728443, ad­ven­turein­par­adi­s­einc.com Fort My­ers Beach Fourth of July (July 4, 10am) Fes­tiv­i­ties kick off with a pa­rade up Es­tero Boule­vard and wrap up with one of the re­gion’s most spec­tac­u­lar fire­works shows, be­gin­ning 15 min­utes af­ter sun­set at the Fort My­ers Beach Fish­ing Pier. The cel­e­bra­tion goes on through the day as restaurants, lounges and other venues step up the fes­tiv­i­ties with mu­sic. Ac­tiv­i­ties take place in the Times Square area and the length of the beach. 239454-7500, fort­my­ers­beach.org

Free­dom Fest (July 4, 6-10pm) En­joy live mu­sic, food and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties 6 to 10 p.m., with fire­works start­ing at 9:30 p.m. Free ad­mis­sion, $5 pre­ferred

seat­ing for fire­works. His­toric River District, Fort My­ers. 239-826-0356, riverdis­trictevents.com

In­de­pen­dence Day Cel­e­bra­tion (July 3, 5:30pm) Miro­mar Out­lets’ 15th an­nual Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion be­gins with kids ac­tiv­i­ties and fin­ishes with spec­tac­u­lar 9:30 p.m. fire­works dis­play over the lake. Guests are en­cour­aged to bring lawn chairs or blan­kets. 239-9483766, miro­marout­lets.com

In­de­pen­dence Day Cel­e­bra­tion on Sani­bel (July 4, 9:30am) En­joy an old­fash­ioned home­town pa­rade down Peri­win­kle Way start­ing at 9:30 a.m., fol­lowed by com­mu­nity pic­nics with free food and bev­er­ages at Bai­ley’s Gen­eral Store and Jerry’s shop­ping cen­ter. Then join is­lan­ders for the noon­time Road Rally, a scav­enger-type hunt through the is­land. Night­fall will be marked by the al­ways pop­u­lar fire­works dis­play over the Sani­bel Cause­way. 239-472-1080, sani­bel-captiva.org

Red, White and Boom (July 4, 4 pm) Fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin at 4 p.m. with a kids’ car­ni­val and ven­dors sell­ing food and beer at the foot of the Cape Co­ral bridge. En­joy live en­ter­tain­ment from 8 un­til 9:30 p.m., when the daz­zling fire­works dis­play takes cen­ter stage. 239-573-3128, cape­boom.com


Fort My­ers Mu­sic Walk (July 18, Au­gust 15, 7pm) The River District comes alive with mu­sic on the third Fri­day of each month. More than a dozen par­tic­i­pat­ing venues fea­ture live mu­sic by lo­cal and re­gional talent. 855-732-3836, fort­my­ersmu­sicwalk.com


Train of De­cep­tion (Sun­day, 5:30pm; Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, 6:30pm)

The Al­lies must thwart a spy ring aboard the train dur­ing WWII on the Mur­der Mys­tery Din­ner Train, Semi­nole Gulf Rail­way. 239-275-8487, semgulf.com

Royal Palm Noir (Fri­day and Satur­day, 6:30pm) The gritty gumshoe genre in­ter­sects with Fort My­ers high so­ci­ety on the Mur­der Mys­tery Din­ner Train, Semi­nole Gulf Rail­way. 239-275-8487, semgulf.com


Bonita Farm­ers Mar­ket (July 2, 8am) Find fresh pro­duce and other good­ies at this open-air mar­ket. River­side Park, Bonita Springs. 239-992-2556, city­of­boni­tasprings.org

His­tor­i­cal Walk­ing Tour (Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Satur­day and Sun­day, 10:30am) Learn about Fort My­ers’ past on a 90-minute walk through the his­toric down­town district. 239-9450405, true­tours.net

Haunted His­tory Tour (Wed­nes­day and Satur­day, 8pm) A 90-minute walk through down­town Fort My­ers re­veals a darker side to its lo­cal his­tory. 239-9450405, true­tours.net

Green­mar­ket (Satur­day, 9am) On the Lee County Al­liance for the Arts 10acre cam­pus, ven­dors present lo­cally grown, caught and cul­ti­vated foods along with other prod­ucts for sam­pling and pur­chase. Live en­ter­tain­ment by mu­si­cians, fun ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, gar­den­ing classes and cook­ing demos by lo­cal chefs round out the fun. 239939-2787, artin­lee.org

Bi­cy­cle Club (Satur­day, 7:30am) Meet with other bi­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts at Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House, Sani­bel. 239-4722155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net


South­ern Ex­treme Wa­ter-Ski (Au­gust 31, 3pm) Show team per­for­mance at Lazy Springs ATV Park, 9591 State Road 82, Felda FL. 201-754-8326, south­ernex­treme.com


Shell Crafters (Mon­day, 10am) Join the Sani­bel Shell Crafters ev­ery Mon­day and watch them turn seashells into beau­ti­ful crafts. Free classes are held at 10 a.m., with a charge for sup­plies. Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House, Sani­bel. 239-472-2155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net


Zonta (1st and 3rd Wed­nes­day, 7am) Zonta of Sani­bel/Captiva, es­tab­lished in 1987, is an ac­tive and award-win­ning club pro­vid­ing hands-on as­sis­tance, ad­vo­cacy and fund­ing to strengthen women’s lives on the is­lands, in Lee County, and around the world through Zonta In­ter­na­tional. Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House. 239-472-2155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

Lions Club (1st and 3rd Wed­nes­day, 6pm) The Sani­bel Captiva Lions Club is ded­i­cated to help­ing the less for­tu­nate by or­ga­niz­ing fundrais­ing events to sup­port sev­eral char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions. Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House. 239-472-2155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

ABWA (July 8, Au­gust 12, 5:30pm) The Sani­bel-Captiva Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Busi­ness Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion (ABWA) in­vites all mem­bers and guests to the monthly meet­ing. Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House. 239-4722155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

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