3 To Do: Celebrating the Fourth

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1. Star-Spangled Bonita

The City of Bonita Springs invites the public to attend its annual Independence Day celebration on Sunday, July 4.

It begins at 7 p.m. at Riverside Park located in Downtown Bonita Springs at 10450 Reynolds Street. Admission into the Star-Spangled Bonita event is free to the community. There will be live music; food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event. 

At 8:30 pm, the City of Bonita Springs will host a “Glow Parade” with golf carts. The theme for this year’s parade is “Be the Light.” Participants are asked to light up the night by decorating their golf carts with various lighted items. There will be no fee to participate in the parade, but you must pre-register to take part in the event. Expect road closures during the event. Old 41 Road from Wilson Street to Ragsdale Street will be close at 6:30 and remain closed until 10 p.m. The evening’s festivities will conclude with a laser light and firework show beginning around dusk.

Information: cityofbonitasprings.org/july4th.

2. Celebrate in Naples

The annual, two-hour parade starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 3, and travels along Broad Avenue South to Third Street South, Fifth Avenue South, Eighth Street South and Eighth Avenue South. Downtown Naples.

Bring chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks launch from a barge north of Naples Pier on Sunday, July 4. The fireworks can be seen from all along the Naples beach.

Personal use of fireworks and sparklers is prohibited. Parking is limited, so visitors are urged to plan ahead and find parking on the street or in downtown parking garages, or to walk, take bicycles or use a ride service.

Fireworks launch at about 9 or 9:30 p.m. Free. Naples City Pier, 12th Avenue South, Naples.

Information: 213-7120 or FifthAvenueSouth.com.

3. Marco Island fireworks

Fireworks will launch off the coast of Residents’ Beach at about 9 p.m. Sunday, July 4.

The fireworks can be seen from along Collier Boulevard and Marco’s beach front. No personal fireworks permitted on the beach.

Public parking is located at the intersection of Collier Boulevard and Swallow Avenue. Metered parking is $8 per car. Parking on the streets or swales in the South Beach area is prohibited. 

Information: cityofmarcoisland.com.

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