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Fort Myers Beach ready for the Fourth

July 3, 2019
By LEAH SANKEY ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Fort Myers Beach has you covered with an entire day of Fourth of July festivities. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. with the annual parade, featuring colorful floats and costumed participants. The parade starts at the Bay Oaks Recreation Center at 2731 Oak St., and then continues down the boulevard to Times Square.

"I'm excited for our Fourth of July Parade this year. This is the Town's 13th year," said Sarah Mayher, the Parks & Recreation manager on Fort Myers Beach. "We've received a lot of new parade applicants this year compared to previous years so it will be a lot of new faces in the parade, along with our reoccurring fan favorites. This year we have partnered with Renda Broadcasting Corporation (Gator County 101.9, Mix 104.7, 102.9 BOB FM and 98.9) so I know it will be an awesome turn out for both the parade and the fireworks show."

Following the parade, there will be live music from local bands in Times Square. Remedy, which describes their genre as "Fun, bouncy, soft, hard, dance, burn the house down, drinking music," will play from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. High Tide, a band that spans genres such as reggae, classic rock, alternative rock, R&B, funk, and easy listening, will play from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Then for the grand finale, fireworks. The Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July fireworks show begins at approximately 9 p.m. at Times Square. Personal fireworks are not permitted. Bring a beach chair or a towel, get comfortable, and watch the fireworks light up the sky from the square or the sand.

"Everyone on the island, residents, businesses and guests all look forward to the Town's Fourth of July celebration," said Jacki Liszak, president of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. "It is a fun filled day that really kicks off our summer season!"

Independence Day beachgoers can take the beach trolley to enjoy a full day of Fourth of July activities, or can pay to park at: Lynn Hall Park, Old San Carlos Blvd., under the Matanzas Pass Bridge, and across and next to the Lani Kai Resort.

The Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. until noon for the parade. Closing time for the bridge is 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. to oncoming traffic, so during that time you will be able to get off the island via car but not on.

Independence Day happy hours

There are happy hours at various establishments on the island. Among those bars and restaurants to eat, drink, and be patriotic with discounted food and drinks this Independence Day are: Bayfront Bistro 3-6 p.m., Casablanca Caf at the Lani Kai (which now has alcoholic coffee beverages) 1-3 p.m., Castaways Bar and Grill 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Charley's Boathouse Grill 5-6 p.m., Coste Island Cuisine 4-6 p.m., Dixie Fish Co. 2-4 p.m., Felipe's Mexican Taqueria 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fish Tale Waterfront Dining 3-6 p.m., Flippers on the Bay 3-5 p.m., Fresh Catch Bistro 3:30-5 p.m., Island View at Lani Kai 3-6 p.m., Junkanoo Restaurant and Beach Bar 3-6 p.m., La Ola 3-6 p.m., Lani Kai ground level beach bars from open to 1 p.m., Matanzas on the Bay 3-6 p.m., Nervous Nellies 3-5 p.m., Parrot Key Caribbean Grill 3-6 p.m., Pierside Grill and famous Blowfish Bar 3-6 p.m., Pinchers Beach Bar and Grill 3-6 p.m., Sabal Palm Beach Bar and Grill 4-7 p.m., Salty Crab Bar and Grill 3-7 p.m., Sandbar & Grille 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Shark Bar & Grill 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shuckers at the Gulfshore 3-7 p.m., Skye's Mexican Restaurant 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., South Beach Grille 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sun Deck at Lani Kai 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Sunset Beach Tropical Grill 3-5 p.m., The Whale 2-5 p.m., The Beach Bar has specials all day, Tuckaway Caf 3-6 p.m., and Yucatan Beach Stand 2-5 p.m.



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