The Fourth of July is quickly approaching and everyone in Lehigh is asking if there will be a fireworks display like in past years.
The answer is no, according to Debbie Jackson, a member of the Lehigh Spring Festival, which in past years had money to spend to sponsor a fireworks at Veterans Park.
Because of the recession, the festival group has not had extra money to use to purchase fireworks, so the next best thing is to sit back and watch your neighbors' put on their own fireworks displays. At least three or four tents have been set up by fireworks vendors in Lehigh.
Or you can leave Lehigh and go somewhere else in the county where there are several fireworks displays in the planning.
There also used to be a celebration of the Fourth of July at Veterans Park where people brought picnic lunches and participated in different activities, but that has also not happening any longer.
Here are some places where you can go to enjoy the evening and watch great displays of fireworks. You may want to get their earlier because of traffic.
The largest is likely to be at Fort Myers Beach where fireworks starts after dusk. The fireworks are set off at the pier and can be seen up and down the beach.
If you are going to Fort Myers Beach to see fireworks, you may want to leave early to avoid the heavy traffic especially at the bridge which will be backed up most of the day. And you may want to wait late in the evening to leave because of the bumper to bumper traffic exiting the beach.
Also at Fort Myers Beach, thousands of people bring their own fireworks and set them off prior to the big display and also during and after the official fireworks display.
If you turn your head a little, you can see off in the distance the fireworks at Sanibel.
But if you want to go to Sanibel and get closer to the fireworks, they are scheduled at The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club and the celebration is from 6 to 9 p.m. Fireworks will be at dusk by Zambelli Fireworks. Approximately 3,000 people are expected to attend and the club is at 949 Sand Castle Road on Sanibel.
If you want to go all the way to Pine Island, you are in for a great celebration there of fireworks, too. The American Legion in St. James City has a firework display at dusk. Head for 4106 Stringfellow Rd. in St. James City.
Then there's the popular and well- attended fireworks at Cape Coral.
According to the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral's website, there will be a White and Boom celebration beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting to 10 p.m. at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge. The fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m.
Remember, the Cape Coral Bridge closes at 6 a.m. on the Fourth of July for special events. The website states that the Cape Coral Bridge as well as Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado Blvd. to the bridge will close at 6 a.m. on July 4th.
You are asked to plan your day accordingly and arrange for alternate routes during your travels. Vehicles attempting to turn east or west on Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado Blvd. will be directed to make a U-turn and head north.
There will be the Entech Computers Free Boom bus with handicap accessibility picking up at all the downtown parking lot locations including Club Square, Iguana Mia, Sweetbay and Big John's.
Parking is free in any of t hose locations. There will be additional parking at the El Rey Jesus Church at 1629 SE 47th St. for $10 per car and no charge for handicap parking.
That's good advice for wherever you go to see a Fourth of July fireworks display.
The Fort Myers Freedom Fest Fourth of July is being held in downtown Fort Myers on First Street: Thursday July 4th with a huge fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
It's a free event for all ages. There is a Block Party from 6-10 p.m. Fireworks by Chico's FAS and synced on 96.9 FM. There is plenty of free parking and live music is by Deb & The Dynamics.
No matter where you go, it's a good idea to take your own lawn chair.