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Rain doesn’t damper BOOM

July 5, 2018
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Despite some weather, this year's Red, White & BOOM! turned out to be a win: The feature musical act performed and the fireworks went off as planned.

At around 7:30 p.m., though, there was a good chance that neither was going to take place as a veritable monsoon swept across the area, carrying with it close to four inches of rain in some spots which forced nearly everybody back to their cars.

Eventually, the rain tapered off, the people returned, and the fun resumed. Headliner Chase Bryant played a slightly shorter set and the fireworks went off a little later, making the event another success.

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Tessa, 4, and Gemma Crosby, 2, from Chicago, show their American pride during the Cape’s July 4th celebration Wednesday, Red, White & BOOM!


"It was a tough night. We had great crews in all areas to keep it safe for everyone," said Todd King, special events coordinator. "July in Florida, you have these challenges. We've had very few of these rainouts and issues. Just getting the main act out and the fireworks was phenomenal. That's a win."

At 5 p.m., the sun was out, dozens of vendors from the business, non-profit and political sector were promoting themselves, and Completely Unchained, a Van Halen tribute band, played on the main stage.

The Oasis High School football team was trying to raise funds for its program.

"It's a new beginning for us. We have a new coach and we're trying to raise money for new equipment and uniforms," said team captain Hayden Knighton. "More kids are signing up and it's a new start so we need a base to start off with."

The Cape Coral Kiwanis gave away free stuffed animals and books for kids, as totes were filled with some of each with the help of members of their young volunteers.

"We're enjoying a beautiful July 4th with the rest of the Cape. People come to our two locations and donate them, which we put right back in the community," said Jeff Wunderlich, president-elect.

To the east, the foreboding sight of rain clouds crept closer. It started to spritz when the James Barker Band played before the skies opened up around 7 p.m. sending everybody for cover.

Joel Schierman and his wife, Dory, said the weathermen got the forecast wrong, and that the radar appeared to show the rain, extending through much of the state, lasting well into the night.

"They were saying everything looked good. But you know Florida, it's so unpredictable. I feel bad because the city puts on such a good event," Schierman said, who had sat in the VIP tent. "All these vendors are out here losing money."

"I don't come here very often and it would have been nice to enjoy the night," said Tonya Howard of Cape Coral, who was dressed as Spider Man for a booth she was working at. "I wanted to see the fireworks and I really don't know who the feature act is."

Not everyone returned with the fireworks in question but most did.

Mayor Joe Coviello and council members Jessica Cosden and Jennifer Nelson spoke just before the fireworks, which went off without further ado and proved to be one of the best displays of the 50 to date.

"It was the best fireworks display we've seen in a long time, though I had my doubts," said Jeff Jensen who resides part time in Cape Coral. "It was worth putting up with the rain to see it."

"The fireworks were pretty. I thought there were some new ones, but I haven't been to a fireworks show in a while," said Rachel Morehead, who only came for the fireworks and didn't have to run for cover.

King said that the golden anniversary for Cape Coral fireworks on July 4th was a wet one, but they were able to manage despite all the challenges.

"You want it to be perfect on the 50th. But sometimes you don't get that opportunity and you just get the best in you can," King said.



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