The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony. The Patriotic 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, cold drinks, and Key Lime Pie ice cream bars 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” contests try to find the most patriotically dressed children. While the judging istaking place, adults are encouraged to buy tickets for a 50/50 raffle which helps support the festivities.
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.