Everglades City is always first! It was the original Collier County seat and home of the first bank in the County almost 100 years ago.
This year, the area celebrates Independence Day on Saturday, June 26 with the opening ceremony on the steps of City Hall (the old County Courthouse) at 10:00AM followed by the Patriotic Parade around the town. The theme is “Founding Fathers” and there are prizes for the best entries which can be anything from golf carts to swamp buggies or whatever. The popular Shriners will take part with their amusing tin lizzies and Flintstones. The family-fun festival continues in McLeod Park behind the tennis courts with hot dogs, kiddies’ contests, prize-giving, and a raffle.
But the activities do not end there. You can join an exclusive tour of the Bank of Everglades Building, starting with an illustrated presentation about the old landmark and lunch in the famous Rod & Gun Club. Attendees are then given a guided tour of the 1927 building which is being renovated by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation. The tour is limited to only 10 people and reservations are required. See www.SaveBOE.com to book your places or phone Marya at 239-695-2905.
The day is rounded out with spectacular fireworks at 9:00PM so you can make it a mini vacation by staying in one of the local hostelries. See www.VisitEvergladesCity.com for info and ideas.
DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 80 on I-75, drive south on SR-29 for 18 miles, cross US-41 and continue south on SR-29 for four miles. Everglades City Hall is the majestic white building on the Circle. If you are coming down US-41 (Tamiami Trail) from Naples, drive south about 25 miles from the intersection with CR-951 and turn right (south) on CR-29. Continue four miles to the Circle in Everglades City.