NAPLES — Young and old turned out in downtown Naples, Bonita Springs and Everglades City on Saturday at the cities' annual Fourth of July festivities.
Daily News multimedia journalist Lexey Swall and photographer Jason Easterly captured snapshots of the event.
Here is a list of Fourth of July weekend festivities, parades and fireworks shows.
■ Party in the Park, live entertainment, water slide, dunking game, races, children’s activities, pie eating, hot dog and ice cream eating contests and a laser light show followed by a small fireworks show at dusk, 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Riverside Park, 27300 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 949-6262
■ Fourth of July Celebration, sponsored by the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department, from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at Sugden Regional Park in East Naples. All parking will be off site at the Government Complex, 3301 U.S. 41 E. Free shuttles will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk from Lake Sugden at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, East Naples.
■ The Estero Historical Society will host the reading the Declaration of Independence at 1 p.m. Sunday across from the society's historic buildings in Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero. Copies will be handed out to the public. As in previous years, the public will form a circle and take turns reading small sections of the Declaration. Bring lawn chairs. Refreshments will be served. Call 498-0415 or visit www.esterohistoricalsociety.com
■ Saturday, blood mobile, 3-8 p.m. next to Reebok Outlet Store at Miramar Outlets; Southern Extreme Water-Ski Team performance, 5-6:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. live music by Geek Skwad; dusk, fireworks, bring lawn chairs or blankets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Free. 948-3766
Fort Myers Beach
■ Parade, 1 p.m. Sunday, from Topps Supermarket on Estero Boulevard heading north to the base of the Sky Bridge. 454-7500
■ Fireworks, dusk Sunday, at the pier. 454-7500
■ Fireworks, 9 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Naples Pier, 878 Fifth Ave. S., with viewing up and down Naples City beach, Naples. 213-7120
■ Residents’ Beach celebration kicks off at noon Sunday with “Uncle Sam’s Sand Jam,” with music provided by the Marco Eagle. Kids’ crafts also begin at noon. At 1 p.m. it’s the second annual hot dog eating contest. After the contest, the games begin. For those sand sculptors in the crowd, start early. Register at the tent, get your number and flag. Sandcastle judging will begin at 3 p.m. Paradise Grill will be selling their regular menu as well as the required Fourth of July burgers and hot dogs. MICA will also be selling beer and wine. The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island will offer t-shirts, hats and other July Fourth paraphernalia, such as glow necklaces. The Marco Island VFW will be taking donations in exchange for a flag with the funds being applied to the memorial at Veterans Park. Residents’ Beach members, bring your ID. For more information about Residents’ Beach events, call 642-7778.
■ The fireworks display begins at approximately 9 p.m.