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 on Saturday, June 29, this year.
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 Patriotic Parade, the theme of which this year is “Stars & Stripes.” There are prizes for the best floats which may be anything from golf carts to swampbuggies.
The fun continues in McLeod Park when booths open at 11 AM, featuring hotdogs and sodas, a bake sale, music, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, raffles, a kiddies’ best dressed contest, and playground games.
The grand finale will be in the evening with a dramatic fireworks display set to music at 9 PM.
For information, phone Elaine at 239-695-2695.
First visit to Everglades City? From Naples or Marco, take US-41 East (Tamiami Trail) and travel to SR-29. Take a right on SR-29 until you get to Everglades City Hall (about 4 miles) and look for McLeod Park next door.