By: Miguel Rodriguez
Looking for places to take your family to celebrate America’s independence?
Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples and Bonita Springs will be hosting events that kids and adults alike can enjoy while celebrating the freedom we earned in 1776.
Red, White, and Boom
The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting Red, White and Boom in downtown Cape Coral located before the Cape Coral Parkway Bridge. Beginning at 5 p.m., residents and visitors can bring their families for a night of food, live music, carnival rides and fireworks. While admission to the event is free, Kids Patriot Park will sell tickets for multiple carnival rides and a zip line for adults and kids to enjoy. Vendors will be lined up throughout the event offering a variety of foods and Jerrod Niemann, Sheena Brook and Jacob Davis will performing on the main stage throughout the night. The firework show begins at 9:30 p.m.
WINK Freedom Fest
Taking place in Downtown Fort Myers, the Fort Myers River District Alliance will be hosting the 50th Fort Myers Freedom Fest. Kicking off at 4 p.m. families can enjoy fireworks, food, live entertainment and activities for all ages. With food vendors and arts and crafts vendors lining the streets, the event welcomes its first ever patriotic car/truck/motorcycle show, giving an award to the most patriotic vehicle on display. City Tavern will be hosting a chili dog eating completion at 6 p.m., as well as a photo booth with Captain America. Admission to the event is free and will be rounded out by a firework show over the Caloosahatchee River before ending at 10 p.m.
Star Spangled Bonita
The City of Bonita Springs will ring in Independence Day with its Star Spangled Bonita celebration taking place at Riverside Park located at 10450 Reynolds Street in downtown Bonita Springs. Featuring fun for the whole family, the event will kick off at 4 p.m. and will feature a kids amusement area compiled of water slides, bounce houses, rides and more. The park will also have ice cream and watermelon eating contests. Admission is free and fireworks and a laser light show will begin at 8:15 p.m.
Naples Fourth of July Fireworks
Hosted by Events in Southwest Florida, the Naples City Pier will continue its Fourth of July Tradition of Fireworks along the beach. Beginning at 8 p.m. guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to set up shop anywhere along the city beach park from Lowdermilk Park to south of the Naples Pier. With the 25 minute firework display set to fire off at 9:00 p.m., guest can tune into WAVV 101.1 FM to tune in to a patriotic simulcast to go along with the display of Fireworks.
Pure Florida Fourth of July Fireworks cruises
Shying away from your typical city Fourth of July street party, Pure Florida will head out on the water for Fourth of July sunset cruises in both Naples and Fort Myers. Located at 1200 5th Ave South in Naples, and 2360 West First St in Fort Myers, passengers at the Naples location will embark at 7:15 p.m., passengers will be provided with a complimentary beverage and access to the buffet highlighted by American cuisine, narration from the captain and on-the-water viewing of the Naples Pier fireworks, or of the Downtown Fort Myers fireworks. Departure from Naples costs $85 per person, $65 from Fort Myers.
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