Fireworks on the Fourth

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The 4th of July is approaching and the businesses and residents of Fort Myers Beach have successfully saved the fireworks show thanks to a series of fundraisers held this spring. The most recent, held by Norm’s Beach Parking raised over $1,000 through parking proceeds, hot dogs and soda sales on May 29th. Earlier in May, the Lani Kai Luau brought in over $20,000 worth of donations for a Silent Auction that raised over $14,000 for the cause. (A previous story in the Sand Paper listed an incorrect amount raised.)

The Fireworks Fundraising Committee, composed of Beach business owners and the Chamber of Commerce, rallied the community to save fireworks for both the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve after Town Council discussed cancelling both shows due to lack of donations to cover the costs.

Jackie Liszak of the Sea Gypsy Inn and a member of the Fireworks group wants the community to know how grateful everyone is for the overwhelming support of the cause.

“Thank you everyone! From the businesses that hosted events and donated items and experiences to all the attendees who made each event we’ve held this spring a huge success – we could not have done it without each and every one of you! Look for more fun events this fall as we focus on New Year’s Eve fireworks.”

The 4th of July Parade, set for 10am July 4th, is in need of parade entries. This parade kicks off the holiday celebration and is the reason many visitors come to the Island that day. Car clubs, neighborhoods, kids on bikes, families, clubs, boats, bands…this parade is open to everyone. No fee for families or for anyone walking, biking or on skateboards. Business entries are just $40 and non-profits $20. Show your patriotic pride and grab a spot in this Island tradition this Independence Day! Parade deadline is noon, Monday, June 20th. Parade applications available on Town website or drop by Town Hall or Bay Oaks. For more information call 239-765-4222.