Friday, September 25, 2020

City hosts Fourth of July Fireworks

 

 

Old Glory will be flying, kids will be playing and grown-ups will be celebrating another commemoration of the birthday of our nation’s independence on July Fourth. Second U.S. President John Adams was the founding father who first suggested celebration and fireworks, and we are proud to continue the great tradition that began several hundred years ago. It is especially important to honor our independence even as so many throughout the world yearn for the freedoms so dearly fostered and maintained by Americans throughout the centuries.

This year there will once again be spectacular fireworks shot from a barge off the beach. The oohs and aahs should be almost as loud as the exploding rockets. Adults and kids will be dazzled and delighted even as dogs tremble and hide.

Fireworks cost money, and this year is no exception. Fortunately some donors have stepped up since the city is not able to fund the show completely, although the city donated $10,000, a sizeable portion of this year’s expense, through the City of Marco Island’s Community Grant program. Johnson Brothers, the company constructing the new bridge, has graciously donated the barge for this year’s show. An additional $9,000 was raised by Parks and Rec staff through a scooter raffle. Bryan Milk, Parks and Rec Director, received a check from MICA President Bernardo Bezos for $4,200. Other donations included: Marriott $2,500, Hilton $1,000, Hideaway Beach Association $1,000, LCEC $500, MIAAOR $500, CJs on the Bay $500, Victoria Tracy $300, Marco Island Clothing $200, Mr. and Ms. Meier $200 and other smaller donations were made for a grand total of $11,300.

In addition to the fireworks, MICA will be staging a bunch of activities: a disk jockey from noon until 9:30 PM; a hot dog eating contest; kids’ games; crafts; a sandcastle building contest; and food, beer; wine and soda at the concession stand.  Entrance to the Residents’ Beach will be limited to members only, and non-members can use access points at the south end of the island, the Madeira or Tigertail. From those access points they can walk up or down the beach to get a better view of the show.

 

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