All-American Fourth of July
The Town of Fort Myers Beach is sponsoring a July Fourth Celebration that you will not want to miss!
“Fireworks will shoot off the Fort Myers Beach Pier,” said Sarah Mayher, Lead Program Coordinator for the Parks & Recreation Department for the Town that sponsors the activities. “Fireworks are rain-or-shine that go off at 9 p.m. Fortunately, we’ve never had any severe weather that forced the Town to cancel the display, but should there be lightning in the area, we can begin the display anytime between 8:45 to 9:15 p.m., so arrive a bit early. Expect a 15-minute display, but because the Town enjoys an excellent relationship with Garden State Fireworks, generally our shows last a little longer!”
The Town also sponsors its 13th annual Fourth of July Parade that morning! “It begins at the Bay Oaks Recreational Center at 2731 Oak Street at 10 a.m.,” Sarah said. “It comes down Bay Road, then north on Estero Boulevard. Several floats cross the Matanzas Pass Bridge, while others proceed down Old San Carlos Boulevard before routing back to Bay Oaks, with the Parade lasting roughly 90 minutes.”
While the Bay Oak Recreational Center closes on July Fourth because its staff is preparing for the fireworks, the Fort Myers Beach Community Pool adjacent to Bay Oaks is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Between the parade and fireworks, head to Times Square to enjoy fantastic free music sponsored by the Times Square Merchants Association. “High Tide” entertains from Noon to 4:30 p.m., with “Remedy” from 5 to 10 p.m.
With FMB activities on The Fourth from morning to night, parking is at a premium and not inexpensive, so the Town sponsors the Beach Trolleys for the day. “Trolleys run from 6:45 a.m. to 11 p.m.,” Sarah related. “Service from the Beach Park & Ride at 11101 Summerlin Square Drive starts at 7 a.m., with the last trolley back there leaving Times Square at 11 p.m. The cost is just 75-cents-per-person, so we encourage everyone to use this convenient and inexpensive service.” The Matanzas Pass Bridge closes twice on July Fourth, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon for the parade, then to all incoming traffic from 9 until 11:30 p.m., to allow exiting traffic to use both lanes.
Sarah is “an Island Kid, born and raised, so I am so proud that my hometown offers these All-American activities for our residents and guests!”
By Gary Mooney