MICA: Fourth of July on Residents Beach – A Marco Island tradition

It is truly amazing that another “season” has come through our island and flown the coop already and that summer is upon us, as witnessed by our steamy, humid weather. Our thoughts at the Marco Island Civic Association and Residents’ Beach now turn to the Fourth of July, which will be here before we know it. Does anyone know how to slow down time?

As it has for a great number of years, MICA will host a Fourth of July Beach Bash at Residents’ Beach. While the festivities begin at noon, members arrive much earlier and stake their claim to a tiny portion of the wide expanse that now is our Marco Island beachfront. Kids’ games, consisting of some old favorites and some new additions, will keep the kids busy for a few hours, along with arts and crafts and face painting.

There’s fun for those 18 and over, too. The MICA hot dog eating contest, held the past two years, attracts a good number of hungry participants and many more audience members who wish to witness this feat of gastric uneasiness! I was told that last year’s winner immediately departed Residents’ Beach and spent the rest of the day lying on the couch, holding his belly!

MICA’s sandcastle contest is a sport the whole family may participate in, from the youngest to the oldest. Past sculptures have been fabulous, but somehow every year there are new ideas and creations that rise from the sand!

As always, this patriotic day will culminate with a smashing fireworks display! The Marco Island Civic Association has already made its contribution of $4,200 toward the display. The DJ at Residents’ Beach will blast red, white and blue music to accompany the colorful fireworks.

The City of Marco Island has signed a contract for $42,000 for the fireworks and barge, and MICA paid 10 percent of the total cost. In order for the fireworks to attract the “oohs” and “aahs” they have in the past and to bring guests back next year, residents and business owners, hotels and time-share buildings must step forward and give their share to contribute to the only community event that brings thousands and thousands of people to the Marco beachfront.

And while we’re discussing “giving,” the MICA Board of Directors voted to fund one of the flagpoles at Veterans Park. The Board was honored to be asked to participate in the park’s project. Many of MICA’s members are veterans or have children or grandchildren who are part of our United States military. A special message from MICA members will be placed on the plaque in honor of our great nation and powerful military.

God Bless America!

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