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Fourth of July on Marco Island

Joshua, 6, left, and Hunter, 3, decorate around their spot in the sand unabated by the rain while their family, Jenny Pedersen, center holds her other son, Cole nine months-old, out of the rain waiting with her mother Carol and Brad Kindem  during the 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News

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Joshua, 6, left, and Hunter, 3, decorate around their spot in the sand unabated by the rain while their family, Jenny Pedersen, center holds her other son, Cole nine months-old, out of the rain waiting with her mother Carol and Brad Kindem during the "Uncle Sam's Sand Jam," at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News

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  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Beverly Stolzman hides from the rain during the 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Joshua, 6, left, and Hunter, 3, decorate around their spot in the sand unabated by the rain while their family, Jenny Pedersen, center holds her other son, Cole nine months-old, out of the rain waiting with her mother Carol and Brad Kindem  during the 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Waiting the rain out the Riveras from left; Victor, 8, Alex, Jose  and Carmen try to enjoy the 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam,' at Resident's Beach on Marco Island Sunday, July 4th, 2010. The rain put a damper on some of the scheduled activities of the day but Marco Islanders still turned out to enjoy their Independence Day despite the frequent drizzles. Erik Kellar/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Emma Kantor, 6, visiting from Connecticut has her face painted by Trish Jesselli from Miami during the Fourth of July 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebration at Residents' Beach.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Light rain and cloudy conditions did not stop revelers from making the trip to Residents' Beach for 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebrations.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Christina and Sharon Foley play beer pong on their beer pong sandcastle during the Fourth of July 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebration at Residents' Beach.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Jack, 10, Allie, and Jenn Terray work on their entry in the sandcastle contest during 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam'.  The sand was eventually transformed into a roller coaster.  Jack was responsible for the idea and design of the roller coaster.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Fourth of July revelers pack Marco Island's Residents' Beach during 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebrations.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Mario Massarelli from New Jersey plays catch during the Fourth of July 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebration at Residents' Beach.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Marco Island VFW members Jim Lang, Vito Campanale, and Lee Rubenstein pose for a picture during the Fourth of July 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebration at Residents' Beach.  The VFW was collecting donations for the veterans memorial planned for Veterans' Community Park.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Mark Cuff from New Jersey participates in the hot dog eating contest.  Cuff won the event eating 13 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Jude Wozniak, 8, Eva Wozniak, 10, and Christian Yamulla, 8 watch the hot dog eating contest during the Fourth of July 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebration at Residents' Beach.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Angelina Sawicki ,9, Jerry Lank, Michelle Sawicki, Chelsea Sawicki, 4, Jackie Lank, and Pam Yowler pose for a patriotic inspired picture during the Fourth of July 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebration at Residents' Beach.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Mark Lopez, 7, and Kevin Barry, 7, compete in a race during the Fourth of July 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebration at Residents' Beach.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle James Burns, 5, from Marco Island practices his skimboarding skills during the Fourth of July 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebration at Residents' Beach.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Boats from the Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) pass by Marco Island's Residents' Beach during their annual July 4th boat parade.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle William Priestley, 10, from Wilmington, NC practices his skimboarding skills during the Fourth of July 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebration at Residents' Beach.
  • Glenn Walton Special To The Eagle Bryan Hopper pitches a horse shoe while his wife Barbara looks on during the Fourth of July 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' celebration at Residents' Beach.
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Fireworks from 'Uncle Sam's Sand Jam' July 4, 2010, at Resident's Beach on Marco Island. Photo by Glenn Walton
  • Patriotic vacation on Marco Island from Bristol, Conn. Back row - Brian Fries, Jay Kolakoski, Cathy Kolakoski, Kirstan Fries, Sandi Greger, Dory Greger; Front row - Nate Fries, Drew Fries, Payton Greger, and Gavin Greger. Photo by marconews.com user D_on_Marco

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