Historic Everglades City is always first – the first Collier County seat and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day.
The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018.
The Opening Ceremony is at 10 AM on the steps of City Hall (the former county courthouse). That is followed at 10:30 AM by the Dedication of the Fire Station, which has been restored after Hurricane Irma, in honor of Lt. Tommy Mitchell who did so much for the community.
The Patriotic Parade around the little city starts at 10:45 AM. The theme this year is “Hometown Heroes; Everglades Strong” and there are prizes for the best entries which may be anything from golf carts to swamp buggies. The Friends of Fakahatchee tram will carry dignitaries and historical re-enactors.
The fun continues in McLeod Park when booths open at 11 AM featuring hotdogs and sodas, a bake sale, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, raffles, a kiddies’ best dressed contest, and playground games.
In the evening, the Grande Finale is the dramatic musical fireworks display at 9 PM.
For more information call Dottie at 239-695-3781 or visit www.evergladeshistorical.org.
Directions:From I-75 (Alligator Alley) take Exit-80 south on SR-29 and travel about 18 miles. Cross US-41 (Tamiami Trail) and continue south on SR-29 for another 4 miles. The imposing Everglades City Hall will be on your right as you approach the Circle. McLeod Park, with its playground and tennis courts, is in the next lot.
From Naples, Marco, or Miami on US-41 (Tamiami Trail) travel to the junction with SR-29. Turn south on SR-29 until you get to Everglades City Hall (about 4 miles) and look for McLeod Park next door.