Fourth of July at Fort Myers: Fireworks shows, parades, family fun, and where to park!

If you haven’t decided on your Fourth of July plans in Fort Myers Beach, FL we got you covered! Whether you’re looking to watch the local parade (our personal favorite), participate in a watermelon eating contest, or sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks show, here’s a list of some of our favorite local events on the Fourth!

PS: You’ll want to scroll to the bottom to get tips on parking (isn’t finding parking the worst?).


Join the community on this special day as we celebrate our great nation’s independence with the Annual Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July Parade! Spectators can get a great view as it makes it way down Estero Blvd. with its colorful floats and enthusiastic participants!


  • The parade starts at Bay Oaks Recreation Center at 10:00 a.m.
  • Continues down the boulevard to Times Square.
  • Be aware the Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed from 9:00 a.m. until Noon for the Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July Parade.

You won’t want to miss this great family-friendly tradition!


Remember when we mentioned a watermelon eating contest? Here’s your chance!

The Patriotic Event is put on by the Parks & Recreation Department in Times Square from 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Enjoy activities like the watermelon eating contest, patriotic crafts and games, and of course there will be a dunk tank!.


“Show” just doesn’t do this justice… this fireworks production is magnificent!

Promptly starting at 8:45pm at Times Square, bring your beach chairs, blankets, and snacks!

Don’t forget! The Matanzas Pass bridge closing is 9:30pm-11:00pm to oncoming traffic. So during that time you can get off the island but not on.


Dinner & Drinks

Don’t feel like doing a little BBQ yourself? No problem! There are plenty of great restaurants where you can eat and drink throughout the day. You can find the best Happy Hours and check out the Fort Myers Beach Chamber’s live music page to see who has entertainment! If neither of those peak your interest, consider enjoying the local wildlife or a local park.


PARKING… If you must.

There aren’t a ton of options for parking (no surprise here), so here are the best tips we could submit!

  • Consider taking the Beach Trolley to Fort Myers Beach to enjoy a full Independence Day of activities! For more information about the trolly service click here.
  • Paid parking lots are located at Lynn Hall Park, on Old San Carlos Blvd., under the Matanzas Pass Bridge, and across & next to the Lani Kai Resort. For more information on paid parking click here.

Extended Trolley Service

All four Fort Myers Beach Trolleys will be providing extended service the night of the 4th. Here is the schedule:

  • Beach Trolley 1: 6:45am-11:40 pm
  • Beach Trolley 2 : 7:15am-11:10pm
  • Beach Trolley 3: 7:30pm-11:25 pm
  • Park & Ride Trolley: 7:00am-10:50pm

Wishing everyone a safe, and wonderful Fourth of July!


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