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From Bonita to Cape Coral, where to celebrate the 4th

Tamara Pigott 
Special to The News-Press

2:39 p.m. EDT July 1, 2015

(Photo: news-press file photo)

July 4 is right around the corner and Lee County has a full schedule of parades and fireworks throughout the area to commemorate Independence Day. 

So get out this weekend and have some fun as we celebrate with old-fashioned hometown parades, spectacular fireworks and much more. Have a fun, safe time as you enjoy the holiday.

Kick off the holiday July 3 in Estero

The festivities begin on Friday night when Miromar Outlets in Estero gets a jump on the holiday with its “Have a Blast” Independence Eve fireworks. In its 16th year, the lakeside event includes live music, kids activities and entertainment with fireworks at dusk. It’s a great family event and you might want to arrive early to find the perfect place to catch the fireworks.

Bonita Springs

Star Spangled Bonita begins its July 4 celebration at 9 a.m. with a parade on Old 41. At 4 p.m., a party in Riverside Park includes food, fun and entertainment, bed races and more. The celebration ends with fireworks and a laser light show at dusk.

Sanibel Island

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sanibel Island’s 25th annual July 4th parade begins at the corner of Tarpon Bay Road and Periwinkle Way and will travel down Periwinkle Way to Casa Ybel Road. The theme this year is “For The Fun Of It.” It’s the perfect theme because that’s just what it is — a lot of family fun. As always, parade participants go all out decorating their parade floats and tossing trinkets while spectators line the road cheering them on. Hang around that evening and catch the fireworks at dusk that will be launched from Bailey Road on the Bay side.

Fort Myers Beach

The annual 4th of July Parade on Fort Myers Beach begins at 10 a.m. and runs along Estero Boulevard, between School Street and the Time Square area. Note that the Matanzas Pass bridge will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Then, 15 minutes after sunset, the fireworks show blasts off from the Fort Myers Beach fishing pier.

Downtown Fort Myers

Freedom Fest 2015 begins at noon on Saturday in the historic river district. The event includes four stages with live music and entertainment, a classic car show, free kids zone with bounce houses and slip & slide, first responder demonstrations, raffles, vendors. The annual fireworks on the river begin at 9:30 p.m.

Cape Coral

Red, White and Boom is the theme of Cape Coral’s annual July 4th celebration. The fun begins at 5 p.m. with activities and entertainment including a Bon Jovi tribute and a performance by Chase Rice. The evening culminates with 9:30 fireworks from theCape Coral Bridge.

Tamara Pigott is the executive director of The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB), the lead marketing agency charged with bringing worldwide visitors to Lee County. Almost five million visitors spend nearly $3 billion annually. The VCB is funded exclusively by a 5 percent tourist tax and works to preserve and protect area beaches and the environment.

Save the date

You don’t want to miss Mango Mania on July 18-19. 

The mango is the star attraction where you can sample locally-grown delicacies at this annual, unusual celebration of all the tropical fruit grown on the island. Fruit, exotic fruit trees, and fruit-related products are available for purchase. 

In addition to mango food and beverages, the event features live music, art and craft vendors, food and recipe contests, activities area for kids and a chance to meet the Mango Queen. 

Check it out at the German-American Social Club on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral.

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