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Many ways to have fun around the area on July 4th

July 3, 2019
STAFF REPORT ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres residents looking to celebrate Independence Day have lots of choices, ranging from hometown celebrations to baseball, with most capped with, what else - fireworks.

Fourth of July options include:

The biggest July 4th event in Lee County will again be held in Cape Coral.

Red White& BOOM!, organized by the city of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department, will run from 5-10 p.m. along Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado Boulevard to the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge.

More than 30,000 people are expected to turn out for the street fair that features food, live music and Southwest Florida's best fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Entertainment will include Neon Summer at 5p.m., Hailey and Michaels at 6:30 p.m. and headliner LOCASH at 8 p.m.

The Cape Coral Bridge, as well as Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado Boulevard to the bridge, will close at 3 a.m. on July 4.

One way to step off your Independence Day morning is to take part in the Priority Solutions Freedom 5K and Gunterberg Charitable Foundation Kid's Fun Run, put on by the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral.

Race-day check in starts at 6 a.m.

Race time is 7 a.m. starting at the Chamber of Commerce building at the base of the Cape Coral Bridge at 2051 Cape Coral Parkway East.

Runners will cross over the bridge and turn around at the overpass above McGregor Boulevard to make their way back across to the finish line.

The 3.1 mile journey over the Cape Coral Bridge provides some beautiful views of the Caloosahatchee River.

As always, remembering those who gave us our freedom is the central theme of the event.

All military participants will receive a challenge coin to commemorate their successful run.

All entrants in the Freedom 5K and Kids Fun Run will be treated to a post race party next to the chamber building where refreshments, beer and music will be available at no cost. Yes, free beer.

The Gunterberg Charitable Foundation Kids Fun Run will begin immediately following the 5K, around 8 a.m.

The Kids Fun Run is for children under 12 and will be one mile. Ribbons and T-shirts will be given to all participants.

Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the race go to two veteran organizations.

This year, the donation will be to the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library and the Special Operations Communicators Association.

The event will also be raffling off a trip for two on the Key West Express.

Parking is available at The Apostolic Life Church and the public lots at Club Square, Big John Plaza and Iguana Mia.

The Fort Myers River District Alliance will present its annual July Fourth event, Freedom Fest!, in front of the waterfront on Edwards Drive from 6-10 p.m.

The free and family friendly celebration will feature live music, kids activities, food and vendors.

The Thunder Beach Band will perform from 6-9 p.m. and DJ Tom's Tunes will play some tunes with special games for prizes.

Fireworks are expected to start at 9:30.

Fort Myers Beach will celebrate July 4th with a parade, live music, fireworks and more.

The Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July parade will step off at 10 a.m. and make its way down Estero Boulevard from the Bay Oaks Recreation Center to Times Square.

The Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. until noon for the parade.

Live music then will be featured in Times Square. Remedy will play from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by High Tide from 6 to 11 p.m.

The Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July fireworks show will begin at around 9 p.m. at Times Square.

The Matanzas Pass bridge will close from 9:30 -11 p.m. to oncoming traffic meaning during that time you will be able to get off the island but not on.

Red, White & Tunes, 4th of July Celebration brings you live music, vendors, water slides and more at Barron Park, Downtown LaBelle.

Plan to stay for the City of LaBelle fireworks at dusk!

The Stars & Stripes Parade Kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

Party like it's 1.776K Run--Color Fun Run starts at 5 p.m. To register visit

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The Fort Myers Miracle will host an Independence Day firework show that's twice as long as usual post-game shows that are put on each Friday night during the season.

The year's Fourth show will feature nearly four times as many pyrotechnics.

"We plan to light up the sky on Independence Day," said Chris Peters, president and general manager of the Fort Myers Miracle, in a release. "Hammond Stadium has become THE place to celebrate July 4th with family and friends, and this year's fireworks show will be bigger and better than ever."

The Miracle take on the Palm Beach Cardinals at 7 p.m. at Hammond Stadium.

A patriotic jersey auction, with proceeds going to charity, will also take place.

Pine Island's God Bless America 4th of July Parade will be start at 10 a.m. in the Winn-Dixie parking lot. American Legion Post #136, which is sponsoring the July Fourth activities on the island, will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs after the parade at the post.

Fireworks at dusk will close out the evening.

This is a community event and the Legion, at 4106 Stringfellow Road, is open to the public all day.

Attendees are asked to help by making a tax free donation.

For more information, call 239-283-4434, or log onto



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