The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony. The theme this year is“Honoring Our Local Veterans” and some of them will make up the color-guard which raises the flag in front of City Hall.
The parade begins to wend its way through the streets at 10:00 a.m. with everyone competing to win a prize for the best float or swamp buggy or golf cart. After that, there will be hot dogs and cold drinks for sale under the pavilion in McLeod Park where the arts & crafts booths will be set up.
The “Little Miss Firecracker” and “Little Mister Firecracker” conteststry to find the most patriotically-dressed children. While the judging is taking place, adults are encouraged to buy tickets for a 50/50 raffle which helps support the festivities.
The magnificent display of fireworks starts at 9:00 p.m. and provides a dramatic ending to the day.
For more info, phone Elaine at (239) 695-2695
From I-75 (Alligator Alley) take Exit-80 south on SR-29 and travel about 18 miles. Cross US-41 (Tamiami Trail) and continue south on SR-29 for another 4 miles. The imposing Everglades City Hall will be on your right as you approach the Circle. McLeod Park, with its playground and tennis courts, is in the next lot.
From Naples, Marco, or Miami on US-41 (Tamiami Trail) travel to the junction with SR-29. Turn south on SR-29 until you get to Everglades City Hall (about 4 miles) and look for McLeod Park next door.