Downtown Fort Myers celebrates Fourth of July with block party

Reporter: Jolena Esperto Writer: Rachel Murphy
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Downtown Fort Myers celebrated Independence Day with a block party.

The festival featured a live band, several food trucks, local artists and vendors.

The City Tavern block party also saw the fourth annual Hotdogs for Heroes contest benefitting American Legion Post 38 and local veterans.

“It’s just a constant community that Fort Myers shows, the legendary City Tavern, everybody who gets involved,” Brian Duffy said, a professional chef participating in the festivities.

“It’s so magical to see the community come together and create an effect for the veteran community, and this is the first after the hurricane; this didn’t skip a beat,” said co-organizer Jason Stretch. “City Tavern is open and running, expanding. Nobody gave up. There are a lot of people because of the hurricane and economic considerations who were saying, ‘Maybe we won’t do something this year,’ but this is not a group of quitters. This is awesome.”

Fireworks started at 9:30 p.m.

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