Get your sparklers ready—July 4 is almost here. The great thing this year is that it falls on a Monday, and what’s more American than a three-day weekend full of barbecues and fireworks?
Even in the off-season, plenty is going on in Southwest Florida this holiday weekend.
Have a Blast Independence Eve Fireworks Show
7/2 Miromar Outlets’ 17th annual commemoration celebrates with lakeside music, entertainment and fireworks. The shopping center also holds a corresponding sidewalk sale. Free. miromaroutlets.com
Independence Day Parade in Everglades City
7/2 The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and winds its way around the circle in front of City Hall. After that, there are fun and games for all the family in McLeod Park. evergladeshistorical.org
Fort Myers Miracle Fireworks Show
7/3 Celebrate the weekend with the Fort Myers Miracle. Fireworks light up the sky after the game.
Captiva Fireworks Cruise
7/3 Departing from McCarthy’s Marina featuring live music. sanibel-captiva.org
Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July
7/4 A 10 a.m. parade up Estero Boulevard is followed by music and food in Times Square and post-sunset fireworks off the fishing pier. Free. fortmyersbeach.org
Fort Myers Freedom Fest
7/4 Enjoy live music, family activities and post-sunset fireworks over the Caloosahatchee in Fort Myers’ Historic River District. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com
Fourth of July Fireworks
7/4 The famous Naples Pier fireworks provided by the City of Naples can be seen from beaches miles around starting at 9 p.m. naplesgov.com
Fourth of July Parade
7/4 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. naplesgov.com
Fourth of July at Sugden Park
7/4 See fireworks after sunset and enjoy an ice cream social earlier in the day, from 2-4 p.m., followed by a DJ and food vendors. colliergov.net
Red, White & Boom
7/4 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 evening fireworks over the river. capeboom.com
Sanibel Independence Day Celebrations
7/4 The old-fashioned Periwinkle Way parade is followed by a road rally and fireworks at dusk. sanibel-captiva.org