The very best 4th of July fireworks display takes place from the Naples Pier at 9 pm. The 20-minute display features special effects musically choreographed to patriotic selections. The best seats in the house are anywhere on the beach north of The Pier including past Lowdermilk Park but the fireworks can be seen all along Naples Beach.
Make an evening of it by going early to get yourselves set up on the beach with chairs and a picnic, enjoy the sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico horizon, watch the boats assemble for the display, and then sit back to watch the fireworks shoot off from The Pier.
Here are 7 tips to help you plan ahead and maximize your enjoyment:
- If you’re driving, go early. Parking is difficult and the spaces near the beach access points are limited. You might find a vacant lot nearby amongst residences that’s available, but don’t park on people’s lawns and respect any ribbons or “No Parking” signs. Make note of exactly where you’ve parked because it’s going to be dark when you go back to your car.
- Even better, take a taxi cab and make arrangements to be picked up after the show at a designated spot. Taking it one step further, stroll to a restaurant to relax for awhile before heading home because the traffic leaving the area after the fireworks is brutal.
- Prepare a beach picnic (or buy ready-to-eat items at Whole Foods or get take-out from D’Amico & Sons on Route 41). This event attracts a LOT of people and you might be surprised at just how crowded the beach gets for the fireworks. If you plan ahead and stake out your territory early, you can relax while you have a picnic on the beach for dinner.
- Take a flashlight. You’ll want it to collect your stuff after the fireworks to exit the beach safely.
- It’s very unlikely you would get busted for having alcoholic beverages. However, you should take things in containers which are not glass. Rowdy behavior and broken glass will definitely attract negative attention – don’t be foolish and the rules will be relaxed for this special evening.
- Lowdermilk Park is an excellent vantage point for watching the fireworks display; but, also, there’s plenty of parking (if you get there really early) and there are good restroom facilities. You’ll also find port-o-johns set up for this event at various beach access points along Gulf Shore Boulevard.
- Consider hanging out at the beach after the fireworks display. It’s more fun than sitting in traffic and you can watch all of the private party fireworks shooting off from the beach for hours into the night.
There’s a parade to celebrate Independence Day on the morning of the 4th of July. It starts at 10 am at the intersection of Third Street South & Broad Avenue South, turns right onto Fifth Avenue South and then turns right again on 8th Street at the end.
People will set up chairs along Fifth Avenue South early so plan accordingly if you want a good vantage point or position for photography. Call 239-213-7120 for more information.
About Naples Pier: This local landmark, The Naples Pier (a.k.a. The Naples Fishing Pier and a.k.a. Naples Municipal Pier), is one of the most popular attractions in Naples and a hub of social activity including beach activities, fishing, meeting people, and sunset watching. It was originally built in 1888 to serve as a freight and passenger dock. Train tracks spanned the length of the pier transporting freight and baggage in the early 1900s.
Destroyed by fire in 1912 and then rebuilt after hurricane damage in 1910, 1926 and 1960, The Pier is the most photographed and popular landmark in Southwest Florida. Nowadays, you can go there any time day or night to encounter people soaking up the local flavor.
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