Crowds of people are expected in downtown Cape Coral to celebrate Independence Day, leading to the shutdown of the Cape Coral Bridge for the duration.
The bridge closed at 3 a.m. and will remain closed for 24 hours for the Freedom 5K Race and the Red, White & Boom celebration.
The closure includes Cape Coral Parkway from Southeast 15th Avenue and Cape Coral Street to the bridge and Del Prado Boulevard from Southeast 47th Terrace to Miramar Walk and Waikiki Avenue.
Remember to plan accordingly and take an alternate route during this 24-hour window. Any cars attempting to turn onto Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado will have to make a U-turn.
The city said you can use the Veterans Memorial, U.S. 41 or Business 41 bridges as alternate routes.
Everything will reopen at 3 a.m. on July 5.