Edison Festival of Light celebration routes and road closures

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Roads in and around downtown Fort Myers will be closed starting early morning Saturday.

Crafts on the River – The Craft show is from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. along Edwards Drive.

Parade Celebration – Begins at 11 a.m. and bands begin at 3 p.m. also on Edwards Drive you can catch free entertainment on the stage. Cloggers, vocalist, dancers! Food vendors and beverages too.

Edison Festival of Light 5K Run

Over the years, the Edison Festival 5K Race has gained international notoriety. Well over 1,400 participants and thousands of spectators take over the streets of the Downtown River District. Register your team for this 3.1 mile race for fun and a chance to win cash prizes.

The event is coordinated from start to finish by the Fort Myers Track Club and includes chip timing and an after-event awards program.

Packet Pick-up
Saturday, Feb. 16 – Campo Felice
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
2500 Edwards Dr
Fort Myers, FL

5K Run
The shotgun start is at 5:45 p.m. and thousands of local, national, and international runners and walkers will take it to the streets just before parade time. Race starts on Edwards Drive.

Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade

On Saturday people from all over the world will be lining the streets along US 41 and throughout the Downtown River District to watch the biggest night parade in the Southeast.

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This year, a few favorite viewing spots will change due to a new route to accommodate the construction progress of a new hotel.

Where to watch the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade?

  • Do not plan to sit on Monroe St. or Edwards Dr. in front of Harborside Event Center.
  • Instead, you can go to Main Street or Hendry.
  • Or find a prime spot on US 41 between Lions Park and MLK

Fireworks will be be set off from Centennial Park at the end of the parade around 8:30 p.m.


The Fort Myers Police Department stresses that traffic will be extremely restricted along the parade route and motorists must seek alternate routes.

  • The parade exit route from downtown will be along Jackson Street to Edison Avenue which will be closed.
  • Southbound traffic on US 41 will be diverted off the Caloosahatchee Bridge and detoured onto McGregor Boulevard.
  • Lee Memorial Hospital entrance after road closures will be at Cleveland Avenue and Canal Streets.

More than 200,000 people attend the parade and there are more than 200 units including floats, marching bands, trucks, dignitaries, and much more participating! For more information about the route or other Edison Festival of Light activities visit www.edisonfestival.org.

2019 Edison Grand Parade route.

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