July 4 events in Southwest Florida

Writer: Paul Dolan
Published: Updated:
Fireworks. Stock photo by Miguel Acosta

Below is a list of Fourth of July events in Southwest Florida. Don’t forget to practice fireworks safety while with your friends and family.

Lee County:

Red, White and Boom
Cape Coral Parkway at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge.
5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Free, family-friendly event with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
No pets, no fireworks, and no outside alcohol allowed.
*Traffic Alert: The Cape Coral Bridge and Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado Boulevard will close at 3 a.m. July 4 and remain closed for 24 hours.

Fort Myers Freedom Fest
The free, family-friendly event fun starts at 6:00 p.m.
The main stage is at the intersection of Hendry and Edwards Drive downtown.
Fireworks – 9:30 p.m.

Star-Spangled Bonita
Downtown Bonita Springs Riverside Park
10450 Reynolds St.
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
6:00 p.m.
A free, 30-minute firework display and laser light show will light up the night at dusk.
Before the fireworks:
The annual parade hosted by the Bonita Springs Professional Firefighters Local 3444 will take place starting at 9:00 a.m. along Old 41.
Traffic alert: Road closures on Old 41 Road as part of the celebration. The first closure, starting from Rosemary Drive and ending on Kentucky Street, occurs at 8:30 a.m. The road reopens after the parade and will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Wilson Street to Childers Street on Old 41 Road closes again at 5:00 p.m. for the evening festivities. The road will reopen after the event at approximately 10:00 p.m.

Collier County:

4th of July Fireworks!
Marco Island – South Marco Beach
130 S. Collier Blvd.
Marco Island, FL 34145
9:00 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks
Paradise Coast Sports Complex
3940 City Gate Blvd. N.
Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
Band starts at 7:00 p.m.
The fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m.
The show will last 15 to 18 minutes, with fireworks shooting 500 feet in the air.
You can bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no outside food or drink and no pets.

Naples’ 4th of July Parade
The parade will start at 10 a.m. and last approximately 2 hours.
Starts at Third Street South and 11th Avenue South, travels north on 3rd Street South to Fifth Avenue South where it will proceed east to 8th Street South. The parade will continue south on 8th Street South back to 11th Avenue South.
*Special note: The fireworks in the City of Naples have been postponed due to continued recovery efforts on the beach and public access points.

Charlotte County:

Fishermen’s Village Independence Day Holiday Celebration
Admission and parking are free. The festivities begin with live music 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. on the dry beach, located on the west side of Fishermen’s Village.

The annual Freedom Swim begins at 2:30 p.m. Start point is in Charlotte Harbor at the west side of the southbound U.S. 41 Bridge.

At 5:00 p.m. and continuing until 9:00 p.m, enjoy live music, with fireworks beginning at 9:00 p.m.

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