Thursday, June 23, 2016

Let's Talk Hot Summers in South West Florida...

2016 Ultimate Summer Guide 

Yankee Doodle Dandy ways to celebrate our independence 
Provided by... Naples Florida Weekly
¦ The Naples Dixieland Jazz Band promises some favorite patriotic tunes when it performs from 1-3 p.m. at The Norris Center. 213-3058 or
¦ Miromar Outlets has a blast at its lakeside Independence Daycelebration beginning at 6 p.m. with live entertainment and an abundance of food, drink and fun. The fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. 
¦ Marvel’s Captain America invites everyone to a Super Hero BBQ starting at 11:30 a.m. at The Naples Zoo. Zoo members pay $35 for adults, $40 for children; others are $40 and $45. Children younger than 3 are admitted for $10. Admission includes lunch, a meet-andgreet with the All-American hero and a full day of programs and activities at the Zoo. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last guests admitted at 4 p.m. 262-5409 or
¦ The Fort Myers Miracle hosts a fireworks show after the 6 p.m. game against the Jupiter Hammerheads on Sunday, July 3, at Hammond Stadium in south Fort Myers. 768-4210 or 
¦ The traditional Naples Independence Day Parade steps off at 10 a.m. and proceeds from Broad Avenue South to Third Street South, then heads north to Fifth Avenue South, turns east on Fifth Avenue South and then south on Eighth Street South past City Hall before ending at Eighth Avenue South and Eighth Street South.
Call 213-7120 or visit for more information.
¦ The city’s red, white and blue fireworks show lights up the sky over the Naples Pier starting at 9 p.m., with special effects musically choreographed to patriotic selections simulcast on radio station WAVV-101.1FM. Remember that personal use of sparklers or any fireworks is prohibited per city ordinance.
Call 213-7120 or visit for more information.
¦ Everglades City hosts an all-day Independence Day celebration starting at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony on the steps of City Hall and continuing at McLeod Park with food, family activities, pet contests and more. The grand finale fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Call 695-3871 for more information.
¦ Sugden Regional Park in Naples hosts its Independence Day celebration from 2-10 p.m. with a free ice cream social, family activities, entertainment and a fireworks show over the lake at sundown. Bring chairs and blankets. Free. 4284 Avalon Drive.
For more information, call 252-4000 or visit 
¦ The 58th annual Fourth of July parade, coordinated by the Bonita Springs Firefighters Local 3444, steps out at 9 a.m. from Bonita Drive south of Rosemary Drive and ends at Riverside Park.
Star-Spangled Bonita festivities get fired up in the park at 4 p.m. and include live bands, bounce houses, a water slide, train rides, an old-fashioned bed race, eating contests, food and beverages, vendors and face-painting. The fireworks and laser light show start at dusk.
Visit for more information.
¦ On Fort Myers Beach, the Matanzas Pass Bridge closes from 9:30 a.m. to noon for the Fourth of July parade that marches along Estero Boulevard between School Street and Time Square.
Fireworks fill the night sky over the beach from 8:45-10 p.m. near the pier. The Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed to oncoming beach traffic from 9:30-11 p.m.
For more information, visit
¦ In downtown Fort Myers, the Fourth of July Freedom Fest block party starts and noon and the fun goes on until 10 p.m., with live bands on four stages, a vintage car show, kids art activities and more. Fireworks over the Caloosahatchee River start around 9 p.m.
For more information, visit
¦ Pure Florida heads out on the water for Independence Day fireworks cruises from 7:30-10 p.m., cruising from its Naples and Fort Myers locations.
Naples passengers aboard the M/V Double Sunshine will depart from Tin City and enjoy all-American cuisine and the captain’s entertaining narration before watching the fireworks show offshore from the Naples Pier. Tickets for $80 include the buffet and one beverage. Additional drinks will be available for purchase onboard. Call 263-4949 or visit for reservations.
Fort Myers passengers will cruise the Caloosahatchee River aboard the M/V Edison Explorer, departing from The Marina at Edison Ford and viewing the downtown Fort Myers fireworks display. Tickets for $60 per person include a buffet. Drinks will be available for purchase onboard. Call 919-2965 or visit for reservations. ¦ 

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