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Independence Day Done Right

Don't have plans for the Fourth? Here's a calendar of 10 Lee and Collier festivities.

 

Friday, July 3

 

Have a Blast Independence Eve Fireworks Show

Miromar Outlets’ 16th annual commemoration celebrates with lakeside music, entertainment and fireworks. The shopping center also holds a sidewalk sale July 3-6. Free. 948-3766. miromaroutlets.com

 

Saturday, July 4

 

Celebrate July 4 at Edison Ford

The Edison-Ford Winter Estates offers free admission to veterans and active military with proper ID. 334-7419. edisonfordwinterestates.org

 

Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July

A parade up Estero Boulevard is followed by music and food in Times Square and post-sunset fireworks off the fishing pier. Free. 454-7500. fortmyersbeach.org

 

Fourth of July Fireworks

The famous Naples Pier fireworks can be seen from beaches miles around starting at 9 p.m. Free. 213-7120. naplesgov.com

 

Fourth of July Freedom Fest

Enjoy free music, food, children’s activities and fireworks from 5-11 p.m. in Fort Myers’ Historic River District. Free. (855) 732-3836. myriverdistrict.com

 

Fourth of July Parade

From 10 a.m. to noon, Naples’ Third Street South, Fifth Avenue South (which also will be hosting a sidewalk sale) and Eighth Street South will be teaming with its annual patriotic parade. Free. 213-7120. naplesgov.com

 

Independence Day Celebrations

The old-fashioned Periwinkle Way parade begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a road rally and fireworks at dusk. Free. 472-1080. sanibel-captiva.org

 

Moe’s Firecracker 5K

Run one of Naples’ oldest races at Fleischmann Park and the Lake Park neighborhood. $15-20 per participant, $10 per student 21 and under.434-9786. gcrunner.org

 

Red, White and Boom

Cape Coral celebrations begin at 7 a.m. with the Freedom 5K race across the Cape Coral bridge, followed by a kids’ carnival, food and beer vendors, live entertainment and 9:30 p.m. fireworks over the river. Free. 573-3128. capeboom.com

 

Star-Spangled Bonita

Riverside Park plays host to a Rotary 5K, parade, live entertainment, kids’ activities, food and drink, and laser lights and fireworks shows. Free. cityofbonitasprings.org