Everglades City Mayor Sammy Hamilton speaks to his constituents. The town got a jump on the rest of the country, celebrating the Fourth of July on Saturday, with a parade, proclamations, a community fair, and fireworks in the evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
Everglades City got a jump on the rest of the country Saturday, beating them to the punch with their Independence Day celebrations. The festivities have a distinct small town flavor, with little of the glitz seen in larger metropolitan blowouts. This is a celebration of the natives, by the natives and for the natives.
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