Historic Everglades City is always first — the first Collier County seat, and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day.
This year, the annual free family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be on Saturday, June 29th.
The Opening Ceremony will take place at 10 AM on the steps of City Hall (the former County Courthouse). It will be followed at 10:30 AM by the Patriotic Parade around the little city.
The theme this year is “Hats Off to America” and there are prizes for the best entries which may be anything from golf carts to swamp buggies. And, new this year, there is a prize for the “Best Hat.”
The celebration continues in McLeod Park, when booths open at 11 AM featuring hotdogs and sodas, bake sale, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, raffles, kiddies’ Best Dressed Contest, and playground games.
In the evening, the grand finale will be the dramatic musical fireworks display at 9 PM.
For information, call Dottie at 239-695-3781 or visit www.evergladeshistorical.org.
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.