3 To Do: Celebrate the Fourth

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1. Celebrate the Fourth on Marco Island

Festivities begin at noon and run through fireworks at approximately 9 p.m.

MICA members, take part in the Sandcastle contest – prizes will be awarded; face painting and crafts, including patriotic rock painting. Games begin at 2 p.m. Don’t miss the limbo, egg toss, patriotic costume contest and other exciting games. Paradise Grill will be selling everyone’s grilled favorites on the beach, as well as serving cold drinks, including soda, water, beer and wine.

File: Marco Island celebrates Independence Day at the beach.
File: Marco Island celebrates Independence Day at the beach.

This is a MICA member event. Bring your Residents’ Beach ID for parking and/or to gain entrance at Residents’ Beach.

Fireworks are presented by the City of Marco Island, with assistance from funds raised through the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.

2. Celebrate the Fourth in East Naples

The Collier County Parks and Recreation Division and the Veterans Services Division will host a free Fourth of July Celebration from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples.

A free ice cream social will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available to purchase. A disc jockey will keep everyone entertained throughout the entire event.

The evening will end with a fireworks display beginning at 9:15 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family for a night of good old-fashioned fun. No parking will be available at Sugden Regional Park, except for handicapped parking. Parking will be available at local establishments near the park. No pets or outside fireworks will be permitted into the park on July 4.

Information: Peg Ruby at 239-252-4045, or visit collierparks.com.

3. Celebrate the Fourth in Naples

The Naples Fourth of July parade is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 4, on Fifth Avenue S., Naples.

The parade will feature floats, fire engines, school groups, bands, dance troupes, boy and girl scouts and civic groups and organizations. Wear red, white and blue and be prepared to catch candy, beads and other goodies from parade participants.

Marckus, Marckens, and Marcin Docteur wave to the crowd from a float in the Fourth of July parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Downtown Naples.

Arrive early, parking and parade spots fill up quickly. The parade travels down Third Street South to Fifth Avenue South, then goes down Eighth Street South.

Free parking at the two parking garages or along the streets surrounding Fifth Avenue South.

Fireworks will be from 9 until 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the Naples Pier, 12th Avenue South, Naples. Free. Bring a radio to listen to patriotic selections on 101.1 FM during the fireworks.

Bring blankets or chairs to sit on. No personal fireworks allowed. The pier will close at 6:30 p.m. and reopen at 11 p.m.

Be Advised: no parking allowed on either side of Gulf Shore Boulevard between 20th Avenue South and 8th Avenue North (Golf Drive). Vehicles will be towed.