The effects of Hurricane Ian are still being felt across Southwest Florida as we make Fourth Of July plans. I spent so many July 4ths down on Fort Myers Beach. I’d hang out around Times Square and then fireworks over the pier. Not this year. Same goes for Naples.

Naples has also postponed their fireworks. They plan to do a fireworks show in December. Since so many of their beach access points are closed that also makes sense.  Since that’s not longer an option, what is?

The Fourth falls on a Tuesday, let’s just call it one long weekend. If you’ve got a single personal day or vacation day you can use, July 3rd would be a good one. So we’ll include some events on the weekend prior to the Fourth.

There’s some unique events on this list you may not have heard of. And for those of you who like to get up early on holidays and run a 5k, those are here, too. If I missed one, let me know. I intentionally left off the Sydney & Berne Davis Art Center event since tickets are so pricey. You’d be better off heading down to Sky King and buying your own display. I think most of San Carlos Park does this.

2023 is a weird year for us as we continue to rebuild. With less events, it’s possible that the remaining outdoor fireworks shows will be more crowded than you are used to. Have a great 4th of July everyone!

  • Backstage Party

    FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2023 AT 6 PM – 9 PM

    Rockstar Harley-Davidson

    Backstage Party

    Event in Fort Myers, FL by Rockstar Harley-Davidson on Friday, June 30 2023

  • Bikes Brew & Bagels

    SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2023 AT 9 AM – 11 AM

    The Specific Chiropractic Centers – Naples

    Bikes Brew & Bagels

    Event in Naples, FL by The Specific Chiropractic Centers - Naples on Saturday, July 1 2023

  • Kids Fishing Event

    SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2023 AT 10 AM – 1 PM

    Bass Pro Shops (Fort Myers, FL)

    Kids Fishing Event

    Sports event in Estero, FL by Bass Pro Shops on Saturday, July 1 2023

  • Independence Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular

    MONDAY, JULY 3, 2023 AT 6:30 PM

    Hammond Stadium

    Independence Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular

    Event in Pine Manor, FL by Fort Myers Mighty Mussels on Monday, July 3 2023 with 2K people interested and 118 people going.

  • Independence Day Backyard Picnic Street Fest (Downtown Fort Myers)

    SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2023 AT 12 PM – 10 PM

    Millennial Brewing Co.

    Independence Day Backyard Picnic Street Fest (Downtown Fort Myers)

    Party event in Fort Myers, FL by Millennial Brewing Co. on Saturday, July 1 2023 with 1.5K people interested and 70 people going.

  • Koreshan State Park Farmers Market

    SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2023 AT 8 AM – 1 PM

    Koreshan State Historic Site

    Koreshan State Park Farmers Market

    Shopping event in Estero, FL by Friends of Koreshan State Park on Sunday, July 2 2023

  • Independence Day Weekend Sunday Night Fireworks show

    SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2023 AT 6 PM

    Hammond Stadium

    Independence Day Weekend Sunday Night Fireworks show

    Event in Fort Myers, FL by Fort Myers Mighty Mussels on Sunday, July 2 2023 with 2.2K people interested and 109 people going.

  • USA Independence Day 5K

    Tuesday, Jul 4, 7 – 9 AM

    Hertz Arena  11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, FL
  • Freedom 5K - Cape Coral

    Tuesday, Jul 4

    Freedom 5K - Cape Coral

    Freedom 5K - Cape Coral information, race map, race results, race reviews, and race date. Learn why you should run Freedom 5K - Cape Coral in Cape Coral, FL.

  • Naples 4th of July Parade

    TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2023 AT 10 AM – 12 PM

    5th Avenue South

    Naples 4th of July Parade

    Party event in Naples, FL by Events In SW Florida on Tuesday, July 4 2023 with 132 people interested and 37 people going.

  • Fishermen's Village Independence Weekend Celebration

    Tuesday, July 4, 2023 12:00pm-9:00pm

    Fishermen’s Village  1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL
    Celebrate our nation’s independence at Fishermen’s Village!
    Freedom Swim: 2:30 pm (start is in Charlotte Harbor (SunSeeker area) at the west side of the southbound US41 bridge)
    Live Music at our Dry Beach 12 noon-9 pm!
    Musician Mark Gorka featured 12 noon-4 pm followed by From the Edge Band, 5-9 pm! Gigantic Fireworks Display begins at 9 pm. Best viewing area is from the Dry Beach.
  • 4th Annual Hotdogs for Heroes!!

    Tuesday, July 4th  Block Party Event: 4pm-10pm

    City Tavern in the downtown Fort Myers River District

    4th Annual Hotdogs for Heroes!!

    4th Annual Hotdogs for Heroes!! Hosted By City Tavern. Event starts on Tuesday, 4 July 2023 and happening at City Tavern, Fort Myers, FL. Register or Buy Tickets, Price information.

  • City of Cape Coral Red, White & BOOM!

    TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2023 AT 5 PM – 10 PM

    Foot of the Cape Coral Pkwy Bridge – 2051 Cape Coral Parkway E Cape Coral, Florida 33904

    City of Cape Coral Red, White & BOOM!

    Music event by City of Cape Coral Special Events and 4 others on Tuesday, July 4 2023 with 268 people interested and 134 people going. 32 posts in the discussion.

  • Star Spangled Bonita 2023

    TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2023 AT 6 PM – 9 PM

    Riverside Park

    Star Spangled Bonita 2023

    Event in Bonita Springs, FL by City of Bonita Springs on Tuesday, July 4 2023 with 957 people interested and 146 people going.

  • 4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY DOWNTOWN FT. MYERS

    TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2023 AT 6 PM – 9:15 PM

    Downtown Fort Myers

    4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY DOWNTOWN FT. MYERS

    Event in Fort Myers, FL by Deb & The Dynamics on Tuesday, July 4 2023 with 1.5K people interested and 137 people going.

  • July 4th Party on the Pool Deck

    TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2023 AT 7 PM – 11 PM EDT

    Luminary Hotel & Co.

    July 4th Party on the Pool Deck

    Event in Fort Myers, FL by Luminary Hotel & Co. on Tuesday, July 4 2023 with 433 people interested.

  • Fourth of July Naples Princess Cruise

    TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2023 AT 7 PM – 10:30 PM

    Naples Princess

    Fourth of July Naples Princess Cruise

    Party event in Naples, FL by Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee on Tuesday, July 4 2023

  • Freedom Fest Downtown Fort Myers

    Tuesday, Jul 4, 3 – 10 PM

    River District 2180 First St #510, Fort Myers, FL

Sign me up for the ESPN Southwest Florida email newsletter!

You love listening to ESPN Southwest Florida, now make sure you’re getting all the extra perks. Sign up today to be an ESPN Southwest Florida Insider!

*
*
By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.