Our neighbors to the east are celebrating Independence Day early at the annual Everglades City parade. Located approximately 30 minutes from Marco Island, Everglades City is the western gateway to Everglades National Park, and is known as the “Stone Crab Capital of the World.” As one of south Florida’s original settlements, Everglades City and nearby provides visitors a glimpse into Southwest Florida’s past, with museums and small-town charm.
On June 29th, this historic coastal town will celebrate The Fourth of July with an all-day celebration of patriotism to commemorate America’s founding.
The opening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall followed by followed by the patriotic parade around the little city at 10:30 a.m. The 2019 theme is “Hats Off to America” and there will be prizes for the best parade participants, which may include vehicles like golf carts or swamp buggies.
For the first time, parade organizers will be awarding a prize for “Best Hat.” Everyone in attendance is encouraged to showcase your favorite hat for a chance to win.
The celebration continues in McLeod Park when booths open at 11 a.m. Enjoy hotdogs and sodas, bake sale, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, raffles, kiddies’ best dressed contest, and playground games all day long.
The grand finale of a picture-perfect day of patriotism is the magnificent fireworks show. Join crowds of locals and visitors for a spectacular show of red, white, and boom starting at 9 p.m.!
We highly recommend dining at a local seafood restaurant. You will find some of the freshest and most delicious seafood in Florida during your time in Everglades City. Sample the local flavors from right off the in one of the quaint local restaurants or purchase a few prime items by the pound to take home your own haul for preparation in your luxurious rental kitchen.
Our valued guests trust us with their precious vacation time and our executive guest services concierge is always on call to provide you with island information including local attractions and activities. At your convenience, please call us and ask us what we can do to make your Marco Island escape a getaway you will never forget 239-217-6300.