Happy Birth­day, Amer­ica!

July 4 cel­e­bra­tions in South­west Florida, lots of choices

Cape Coral Living - - Publisher's Letter -

Amer­ica has its 241st birth­day this July 4, a Tues­day. South­west Florid­i­ans cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion with pa­rades, fes­ti­vals and fire­works. Here’s our list of In­de­pen­dence Day fes­tiv­i­ties to mark on your calendar.

BONITA SPRINGS, July 4

Star Span­gled Bonita, River­side Park, 10450 Reynolds St. Chil­dren’s area to in­clude a gi­ant wa­ter­slide, bounce house, amuse­ment rides, Slip 'N slide, wa­ter tag, train rides, face­paint­ing, wreck­ing ball, high striker and more. Wa­ter­melon and ice cream eat­ing con­tests. Free ad­mis­sion, food and bev­er­ages for pur­chase. No cool­ers or pets. 239-949-6262, city­of­boni­tasprings.org

CAPE CO­RAL, July 4

The Cape’s Red, White & Boom! (5-10:30 p.m.) is at the foot of the Cape Co­ral Bridge (bridge closes at 3 p.m.). Stage mu­sic and food, fun stuff for kids; ex­pect a large turnout. The Storm Smart Amer­i­can Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar be­gins at 9:30 p.m., mu­sic syn­chro­nized to Cat Coun­try 107.1. Free ad­mis­sion, no per­sonal fire­works, no pets or out­side al­co­hol. North end of Cape Co­ral Park­way closed from 3 a.m. July 4 un­til 3 a.m. July 5. Cape Co­ral Free­dom 5K Run (July 4, 7:30 a.m., free­dom5kcc.com). 239-573-3128, cape­boom.com

CAPTIVA, July 1

South Seas Is­land Re­sort fire­works (9 p.m.), guests only, re­sort golf course. View the fire­works from Ali­son Hagerup Beach at the end of Sani­bel-Captiva Road, south­seas.com

FORT MY­ERS, July 4

Fort My­ers River District Free­dom Fest/ Pa­tri­otic Auto Show (4-10 p.m.). Trim your car/truck/mo­tor­cy­cle in red, white and blue for the motor show, fam­ily fun and fire­works in the River District. Free. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

FORT MY­ERS BEACH, July 4

Pa­rade at 9:30 a.m. along Es­tero Boule­vard, be­tween School Street and the Times Square area. The Matan­zas Pass bridge closes 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fes­tiv­i­ties in the Times Square area and the length of the beach. Evening fire­works best viewed from Fort My­ers Beach Fish­ing Pier. Free. 239-454-7500, fort­my­ers­beach.org

MARCO IS­LAND, July 4

Fire­works dis­play, 9:30 p.m., Res­i­dents’ Beach, 130 S. Col­lier Blvd. Free. 239-389-5000, city­of­mar­cois­land.com

NAPLES, July 4

Pa­rade at 10 a.m., Broad Av­enue South. Col­or­ful floats and cos­tumed per­form­ers, fin­ish­ing at 8th Av­enue South. Naples Pier fire­works syn­chro­nized to pa­tri­otic mu­si­cal se­lec­tions simul­cast on WAVV 101.1 FM. Free. 239-213-7120, naples­gov.com Sug­den Re­gional Park, ice cream so­cial be­gins at 2 p.m. No pets, bring lawn chairs or blan­kets. 239-252-4000

PUNTA GORDA, July 4

Laish­ley Park (11a.m. to 9:30 p.m). Wa­ter­slides, stage mu­sic and fire­works. 941-637-5953, pun­tagordafire­works.com Fish­er­men’s Vil­lage (10 a.m.). Live mu­sic and danc­ing, Har­poon Harry’s kid crafts, treats and face-paint­ing, bathing suit and Hula Hoop con­tests. Ad­mis­sion and park­ing free. 941-639-8721, fishville.com

SANI­BEL, July 4

In­de­pen­dence Day Cel­e­bra­tion (7 a.m.) free pan­cake break­fast at the Sani­bel Com­mu­nity Church, pa­rade Peri­win­kle Way start­ing at 9:30 a.m. Sani­bel-Captiva Op­ti­mist Club Road Rally/ scav­enger hunt, Tim­bers restau­rant, starts at 12 p.m. Fire­works over the Sani­bel Cause­way, be­gin­ning at 9 p.m. Free ad­mis­sion. 239-472-1080, sani­bel-captiva.org

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