Independence Day, also referred to as 4th of July, is a federal holiday in U.S. On July 4, 1776 the continental congress declared thirteen American colonies (Province of New Hampshire, Province of Massachusetts Bay, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut Colony, Province of New York, Province of New Jersey, Province of Pennsylvania, Delaware Colony, Province of Maryland, Colony of Virginia, Province of North Carolina, Province of South Carolina, and Province of Georgia) a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer a part of British Empire.
Naples’ annual Parade, begins at 10am on the corner of Broad and 3rd Street South. Floats, marching bands, and all kinds of groups show their patriotism as they make their way along the traditional parade route, down 3rd to 5th Avenue South and then on to 8th Street South.
If you are visiting or a resident, but have never seen the 4th of July parade in Naples, I recommend attending. The crowd size is not bad and people are very nice. It feels like one big family gathering. Come prepared for our abundant mosquitoes and bugs at this time of year, they seem to develop a resistance to all bug repellents!
Another 4th of July Naples tradition is the annual firework display from the Naples Pier. The fireworks fire off from a barge approximately 1,000 feet north of the Naples Pier at about 9pm. The presentation features a 25 minute display with special effects musically choreographed to patriotic selections which is broadcasted on radio station WAVV 101.1 FM. The best place to see the fireworks is on the beach as close to Naples Pier as possible. It does get crowded. Few years ago I watched the fireworks from Naples Beach Hotel and Golf club, it was very comfortable, but too far from all the action. Get out there, explore and have fun!