Location: 26811 South Tamiami Trail | Bonita Springs, FL 34134
The Fourth of July is not only a great holiday because it celebrates Independence Day.
It’s a favorite event because it also means soaking up the sun, spending time outside, barbeques, amazing food, fireworks, parades and quality time with loved ones. And spending it in the Sunshine State is extra special. You could say it’s star spangled spectacular. The weather is amazing, the beaches are plentiful, the fireworks shows over the Gulf of Mexico are incredible, and there are a variety of different towns to explore; each with their own Fourth of July 2019 events.
Do you have plans this year? If not, we have all of the Fourth of July 2019 events in Florida in one place to help you plan.
If you’ll be in or near Central Florida this year for the Fourth of July, Ocala has a couple of events you won’t want to miss. The weather is also cooler, making outdoor events less of a hassle.
God and Country Day at Golden Ocala Real Estate, 7340 U.S.-27, will host the 50th annual celebration at 2 p.m. Parking entrances are located off 225A, South of U.S.-27. The parking fee is $5.
There will be fresh food, live music, games for the family, water slides, face painting, contests, bounce houses, pony rides, and a 30-minute fireworks display at 9 p.m.
There will also be a Fourth of July celebration on the Town Square at Circle Square Commons, 8405 S.W. 80th Street. There will be bands, food, and of course, fireworks. The event starts at 4 p.m. with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Locals enjoy the fireworks display each year, and many come from all over South Florida to see it.
The show begins at 9 p.m. Fireworks are set off from a barge at the end of Bailey Road. To have the best vantage point, find a spot off the Sanibel Island Causeway early. It’s the place to go to watch them. Trust, us, most of Sanibel Island will be there. You never know who you might meet!
Fourth of July 2019 events in Florida don’t have to start at night, either. The Fourth of July parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Make sure you set up your chairs at the beginning of the route off of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road, or at the route’s finish line, Case Ybel Road and Periwinkle Way.
At 10:30 a.m., you can join in the after-parade celebration at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way. The 40th-annual San-Cap Optimist’s Club Road Rally is at Timbers Restaurant and starts at noon. The restaurant is located at 703 Tarpon Bay Road.
Red, White and BOOM in Cape Coral is one of the most talked about Fourth of July 2019 events in Florida. This year, LOCASH will headline the annual Cape Coral fireworks Independence Day celebration at 8 p.m. Neon Summer comes on at 5 p.m. and Hailey and Michaels follows at 6:30 p.m.
The family friendly event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be vendors, a kids park with rides, kids activities and of course, a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. A wristband is required to enjoy the rides. Each session will end after an hour and 15 minutes. Keep in mind, a limited number of wristbands are available. Red, White and Boom is located at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge, just east of Del Prado Boulevard.
Downtown Fort Myers hosts the annual Freedom Fest. The fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m. and it’s free for the public to attend. There will also be live entertainment, vendors and food.
Fort Myers Beach, which is about 45 minutes away from the city of Fort Myers, also has a July 4 parade. It starts at the Bay Oaks Recreation Center at 10 a.m. To catch a glimpse, follow the parade along Estero Boulevard to Times Square. The recreation center is located at 2731 Oak Street.
Beginning at noon, Times Square will host a watermelon-eating contest, patriotic arts and crafts and a dunk tank. Parking is limited and the event is free.
Fireworks on Fort Myers Beach begin at 8:45 p.m. at Times Square. Bring your own beach chairs, and remember that the Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed for the parade from 9 a.m. to noon and from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the fireworks show.
Fireworks at the Naples Pier are also a popular draw for people all over South Florida. They begin at 9 p.m. and are set off from a barge off the Pier. Special effects are choreographed to the 25-minute show. Get there early. The beach will be crowded, but finding a place to park may take some time. No parking signs are also strictly enforced.
The Fourth of July 2019 parade in downtown Naples starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. It will feature school groups, fire engine trucks, floats, dance troupes, bands, civic groups, boy and girl scouts and various organizations.
Head over to Riverside Park at 10451 Old 41 Road in downtown Bonita Springs at 5 p.m. for a Fourth of July celebration featuring live music from the Marc Vee Band, games and activities for the kids and a laser light show. There will also be food and drinks for purchase.
There are so many different Fourth of July 2019 events in Florida, you can’t go wrong whether you spend the holiday in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Ocala, Sanibel Island, or Captiva Island. Each area has something unique to offer. Bonita Springs and Cape Coral are located in the middle of everything. Naples is known for its food and arts scenes. It’s also near the Everglades, if you’re looking for an adventure. Sanibel and Captiva Islands have beautiful beaches and the destinations truly feel like you’re on vacation. Let us know what kind of trip you’re thinking about taking and our Royal Shell Vacation Planners will make it happen.
You never know, you might like your Fourth of July 2019 event in Florida so much, you never want to leave.
Let us know what you do. We’d love to hear how you enjoyed your Fourth of July 2019 vacation to the Sunshine State!
Southwest Florida is known for many things, and one of those things are good old-fashioned street tacos. If you’re vacationing in Florida, you can find some of the best tacos in Fort Myers, also known as the City of Palms. In fact, some of the best tacos in Florida are from Southwest Florida.
Tacos joints come in all shapes and sizes. The perfect taco will be different for everyone. In my humble opinion, a good taco is made from five ingredients: a freshly made corn tortilla, your choice of meat, onions, cilantro and a decent squeeze of lime juice.
If you agree with this statement, you’ll probably enjoy Taquería San Julian. The best part is that there’s one in South Fort Myers and East Naples. If you decide to dine in, they have tortilla chips that taste like they were made that morning, and three mouthwatering hot sauces to choose from at all the right spice levels. In addition to tacos, Taquería San Julian Fort Myers also serves up quesadillas and tostadas de ceviche. Taco and quesadilla options include pork, steak, head, tongue, beef, chicken, sausage, tripe and shrimp. They come with onions and cilantro. Additional toppings include avocado, tomato and cheese.
Tacos and Tequila Cantina serves up traditional tacos and then some. The newly opened Fort Myers location has conventional tacos, but they’re also known for putting your favorite entrees into a warm and delicious taco shell. If you’ve ever wanted to try a Philly cheesesteak taco or maybe a cheeseburger taco, Tacos and Tequila Cantina has some of the best tacos in Fort Myers; you’ll want to try them all. Other popular options include the Baja taco and California taco. The Baja features a favorite Florida fish, mahi mahi, which comes either beer-battered and fried or grilled with jalapeño cilantro slaw and avocado crema. The California also stars grilled chicken, but it comes with tomatoes, bacon, guacamole, cilantro lime ranch dressing and Monterey jack cheese.
This taco shop is easy to miss at first. It’s a hidden gem located in a Chevron gas station in San Carlos Park. But don’t let that stop you! These tacos are downright delicious. The ingredients are fresh, the tacos are made to order and they’re always good. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the hand-pressed tortillas warming on the griddle when you walk in. That’s always a good sign.
Just one more gas-station taco spot, we promise. Celaya is off of Crystal Drive in the back of a Discount Tobacco and Beer store in The Villas neighborhood. But, don’t let that deter you. These tacos are worth it. They are some of the best tacos in Fort Myers and they come layered with chopped-up meats and dustings of cilantro and onions. They also serve up steamy and tender tamales.
This taco shop’s roots are in Fort Worth, Texas, and it’s a much different take on tacos than the counters hidden in gas stations and the hole-in-the-wall restaurants we mentioned earlier. The colors are bold and bright. It almost feels more like a family-friendly bar than a dedicated taco shop, but the fun, light vibe is perfect for south Fort Myers. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop serves breakfast tacos all day, and they’re also known for their margaritas, especially the frozen ones.
This relatively new Fort Myers taco shop shares its space with a beer garden. What better combination is there than tacos and beer? Tacos come in three different styles: street style with cilantro and onions, Baja with cabbage, tomatoes and a spicy cream sauce, and finally, gringo-style with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. They also have potato tacos, which are worth a try. What are they? Picture a deep friend scoop of mashed potatoes and cheese on a flour tortilla. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s simple and delicious and wonderful.
The California Burrito’s food truck has been a welcome sight on the corner of Colonial Boulevard and U.S. 41 since 2016. According to an article from the local Fort Myers newspaper, the food truck opened partly because its owners missed the types of tacos they were used to getting in California. Tacos are topped with cilantro, onions and your choice of meat. California Burrito’s also offers super tacos. These come with meat, cheese, avocado, cilantro, onions, tomatoes and sour cream. Fillings include steak, al pastor (pork), chorizo, shredded chicken with a chipotle tomato sauce, grilled chicken, chicharron or cecina, a thin marinated steak.
It’s not a vacation to Southwest Florida without grabbing some of the best tacos in Fort Myers. Trust us; you can’t go wrong with any of these choices. You can try one a day, if you’d like. There’s something about biting into warm, fresh tortillas full of spicy, tangy goodness. It takes all of your worries away and puts you in vacation mode. Try them all or try a few. Let us know what your favorites are in the comments section!
When you walk into the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time.
You’ll not only see how people lived in the early 1900s, but you’ll get a glimpse into the lives of two of the country’s most well-known trailblazers, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
This historic home, located on the Caloosahatchee River, is one of the most beloved attractions in the Fort Myers area. Without Edison and his friend, Henry Ford, we wouldn’t have cars, electricity, or a variety of other modern-day conveniences.
If you grew up here, you’ve probably visited this iconic home on a field trip. Or maybe you’ve stumbled on it during a rainy afternoon. If you’re a self-proclaimed history buff, you should make it a point to include the Edison and Ford Winter Estates on your next vacation to Southwest Florida. The famed vacation home and historical buildings are beautifully preserved and one of the area’s most prized treasures. Edison purchased the Edison and Ford Winter Estates land in 1885 and it’s been open to the public since 1947. It’s also a registered National Historic Site.
There is much more to do here than meets the eyes. There is general admission if you want to meander through the grounds yourself. There are also a handful of specific tours that vary by ticket price. Whether you’re more interested in science, home decor or gardening, there’s something here for everyone!
The great thing about the Edison and Ford Winter Estates is there are a variety of tours you can choose from depending on your budget and what your group is interested in.
Tour the beautiful gardens, homes and the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory. The 60-minute tours are run by a site historian and occur every hour. You can start your day off with the 10 a.m. option or end it with the last tour departing at 4 p.m. Historians can provide valuable insight and answer your questions. You can also meander the grounds on your own without a tour guide, too, if that’s more your style.
This is a great choice if English isn’t your first language, or you just feel comfortable with a different option. Edison Ford Audio Tours come in English, French, German and Spanish. These tours are self-guided, so you can take as long as you want to explore the grounds. Like the Guided Tour, this option will also take you through the gardens, homes and the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory. The last audio player is given out at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets for this tour are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re an auto enthusiast, this tour will be a special treat. View the historic site’s automobile collection and a handful of antique and historic vehicles. The 90-minute tour is led by an automotive expert who can answer all of your questions and provide some insight.
Offered three days a week, this tour lets you explore the laboratory Thomas Edison shared with Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford. What’s different about this tour versus the guided tour is that you get to go behind the barriers and get a closer look at what the three giants were working on. Like the Automotive Tour, the 75-minute Inside the Lab Tour is on a first-come, first-served basis.
This tour only runs on Wednesday mornings. Explore the propagating nursery and meander through 20 acres of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates’ botanic gardens. The tour is 90 minutes long, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the rest of the grounds, too. You’ll also get a 10% discount on purchases at the Garden Shoppe.
This tour is offered two days a week. On Thursdays, you’ll need to make reservations by calling 239.334.7419. On Friday, tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis. The 90-minute tour will take you to normally closed off areas of Edison and Ford’s winter homes. Expert historians and curatorial staff can answer your questions and offer additional information about the homes. You’ll see areas of homes not normally visible during other tours. It’s pretty unique and special!
This part of the River District is extra special during the holidays. The historic lab, gardens and buildings are decked out in thousands of lights and traditional holiday decor. It’s one of the only times the grounds are open past sunset. This time of year there’s normally live music and you might even get a visit from Santa Claus himself. The gift stores and museums also stay open later, if you need to do some last-minute shopping.
Where: 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, Florida
Hours: Open Monday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Information: 239.334.7419 or http://www.edisonford.org/
The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a great option for a rainy day adventure, and there are always reasons to come back and explore it a second time. There are a variety of different tour options the whole family will love. If you’re here during the holiday season, the home and gardens are lit up and more beautiful than ever, especially during sunset.
Feel free to browse our Fort Myers vacation rentals near the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Give us a call if you see something you like so we can try and secure it for you right away. If you have any questions before you choose a home, our Vacation Planning Specialists are more than happy to help. After all, our No. 1 goal is for you to have a memorable stay and create lasting memories.
After a Boston Red Sox World Series victory, Red Sox Fort Myers spring training season is the most wonderful time of the year. Why? Let us count the ways: 1. Florida sunshine. 2. Hope springs eternal while you watch Red Sox players compete with a new record and fresh start. 3. A new baseball stadium known as jetBlue Park or more affectionately, Fenway South. 4. Baseball in Florida. 5. Did we mention Florida sunshine?
Spring training in Florida is an experience for the most avid baseball fans and for novice baseball fans seeking to soak up some Florida sun in a new environment. Watching a Major League Baseball team play ball as they prepare their roster before Opening Day is relaxing, scenic, fun and idyllic in a vacation setting that’s unlike any other. We have the Boston Red Sox spring training tips and answer the questions you crave answers to. Sit back, relax, and get ready to have the best Fort Myers spring training vacation experience in Southwest Florida.
Where is the Boston Red Sox spring training camp? That’s your first research question and it couldn’t be in a more beautiful place. Welcome to Fort Myers, Florida! Officially, the Boston Red Sox spring training home is at jetBlue Park at Fenway South. Located at 11500 Fenway South Drive Fort Myers, FL 33913, it’s close to Fort Myers International Airport.
With seating for 11,000 fans, one of the newest spring training facilities can accommodate diehard Red Sox fans from up north and also accommodates other events in Southwest Florida throughout the year. jetBlue Park offers:
The former Red Sox spring training site was located at City of Palms Park. But the new $77.8 million jetBlue Park at Fenway South opened in 2012 to usher in a new era of Boston Red Sox spring training baseball.
The rumors are not rumors. jetBlue Park at Fenway South has replicas of some of the most iconic pieces of Boston’s Fenway Park, including:
jetBlue Park also has new options for New Englanders and other visitors to enjoy Florida. These include:
You can see everything jetBlue Park has to offer by taking a park tour. Call 239.226.4783 to schedule a tour today. Tour pricing costs $10 for adults and is free for children 12 and under.
When does Red Sox spring training start, you ask? Red Sox spring training starts in February and ends at the end of March before the final roster heads north to start the Major League Baseball regular season in April.
The true sign of spring training in Florida cities is when Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers report in early to mid-February. Red Sox equipment trucks head for South Florida in February with equipment the players will need. The date changes every year, but when they arrive spring training is here. Those who like to get an early jump on spring training to watch pitchers and catchers practice before the games have opportunities if you check the schedules closely.
Workouts are always free and open to fans. When pitchers and catchers report, practices start right away. Enjoy daily practices at the practice fields.
The Grapefruit League is one of two spring training leagues for Major League Baseball. The teams that train in Florida play exhibition games in the Grapefruit League. Teams with spring training games in Arizona play in the Cactus League.
Grapefruit League Teams include the following with Florida home bases:
Red Sox spring training tickets at jetBlue Park typically go on sale in late November or early December for the upcoming season. You can purchase tickets online today. Utilize the jetBlue Park seat map to find out where you want to be.
Review the Red Sox spring training schedule to pick your games.
To maximize your Boston Red Sox spring training experience, follow these tips:
Let’s first start off by answering a question you already know the answer to deep down inside. Hotels near the Red Sox spring training facility fill up fast.
If you can’t make it to the ballpark for a spring training game in Southwest Florida, you can catch some of the games on television, including the MLB Network. ESPN also airs live broadcasts of spring training baseball games.
What radio station is the Red Sox game on today? Spring training games can still be found on your tried and true Boston radio stations. For diehard Boston fans, these stations are known as WEEI on FM 93 or AM 850 frequencies. It’s easy to find online providers that broadcast these channels no matter where you live!
Are you a Major League Baseball junkie? There are other teams and ballparks to enjoy in Southwest Florida besides your beloved Red Sox. You have the following ballpark options within a 2-hour drive:
The Minnesota Twins are Fort Myers staples at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers. Their baseball complex contains the main ballpark, five additional playing fields and the Twins Player Development Academy. View the Minnesota Twins spring training schedule to plan your road trip.
Tampa Bay Rays
Enjoy the best of both worlds and catch a Red Sox vs. Rays game in Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte.
Head a bit farther north on I-75 and stop in sunny Sarasota to watch the Baltimore Orioles take on other Grapefruit League teams at Ed Smith Stadium.
A spring training road trip in Southwest Florida isn’t complete without a stop in Bradenton at LECOM Park, formerly known as McKechnie Field. The Pirates have been a staple in the community for more than six decades. The park is one of the most unique with its quaint old-time ballpark feel.
One of the most important parts of your spring training trip is finding a place to stay during the busy spring training season in Fort Myers. Royal Shell vacation rentals has you covered and can find exactly what you’re looking for. Find the perfect Fort Myers vacation rental that you and your spring training fans can come back to year after year to enjoy a lifetime of Florida spring training memories!