LEWES, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 5: A crowd gathers to watch a fireworks display during Bonfire Night celebrations November 5, 2003 in Lewes, England. The celebration marks the day of the failed plot by Guy Fawkes and 12 other Catholic conspirators in 1605 to kill King James I and blow up Britain's Parliament. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

When you think 4th of July, you think fireworks and sometimes your neighbors might think that includes the entire week before..and after. So when can you legally shoot off fireworks in Florida?

Governor Ron DeSantis signed the most recent fireworks rules into law back in 2020 and there are only 3 days that you can legally shoot off fireworks in Florida: 4th of July, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The law defines a firework as “any combustible or explosive composition or substance or combination of substances or, except as hereinafter provided, any article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation.”

So basically anything that uses explosives and launches into the sky using something lit on fire, specifically firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, dago bombs. WFLA reports that things like sparklers, pop-its, snaps, snakes, smoke bombs, party poppers, toy pistols, toy guns, toy canes, and paper caps are legal as long as “25 hundredths grains or less of explosive compounds are used”.

 

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Guía de fin de semana del 4 de julio de SWFL 2022

  • THURSDAY:

  • Collier Sheriff Hot Summer Nights - Golden Gate Community Center

    Collier Sheriff Hot Summer Nights - Golden Gate Community Center

    Thursday, June 30th, 2022 6pm-8:30pm FREE! The Collier County Sheriff's Office will be hosting their FREE Hot Summer Nights community events this summer! These events are always free to the public...

  • SATURDAY:

  • Everglades City 4th of July Family Day Festival

    Everglades City 4th of July Family Day Festival

    Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 10am-9:30pm Free to attend! Everglades City, Florida will be hosting their annual family fun festival to celebrate the 4th of July on Saturday, July 2nd! Opening ceremony...

  • Independence Day Backyard Picnic Street Fest (Downtown Fort Myers)

  • MONDAY:

  • Priority Business Solutions Freedom 5K - Cape Coral

    2022 Priority Business Solutions Freedom 5K

    Join us July 4th at the Cape Coral Bridge! The Priority Business Solutions Freedom 5k and Gunterberg Charitable Foundation - Culliton Family Kids Fun Run, presented by the Chamber of Commerce of...

  • Independence Day Parade - Bonita Springs

     

    Bonita Springs Independence Day Parade

    The Bonita Springs Independence Day Parade takes place annually on July 4th at 9:00 am on Old 41 between Kentucky St & Rosemary Dr. The parade is has been organized by the Bonita Springs Firefighters Union since 1958.

  • Bonita Springs Star Spangle Bonita

    Bonita Springs Star Spangle Bonita

    2 separate events! Monday, July 4th, 2022 -9am-11am: Parade -6pm-9pm. Star Bangle Bonita at Riverside Park Free to attend! Please bring your own seating: blankets and chairs. ***NO coolers or...

     

     

  • Sanibel Island 4th of July Parade

     

    Sanibel Island 4th of July Parade

    Monday, July 4th, 2022 9:30am-10:30am Sanibel Island will be having their 4th of July Parade beginning on Periwinkle Way, from Tarpon Bay Road to Casa Ybel Road. Call Trish Phillips for more...

  • Fort Myers Beach 4th of July Parade

    Fort Myers Beach 4th of July Parade

    Monday, July 4th, 2022 10am-11am Free to attend! Come enjoy the annual 4th of July Parade on Fort Myers Beach! The parade will run along Estero Blvd. between School St. and the the Time Square...

  • Naples 4th of July Parade

    Naples 4th of July Parade

    Monday, July 4th, 2022 10am-12pm Free to attend! The Naples 4th of July Parade will feature floats, fire engines, school groups, bands, dance troupes, boy and girl scouts, civic groups and...

  • Naples 4th of July Celebration at Sugden Regional Park

    Naples 4th of July Celebration at Sugden Regional Park

    Monday, July 4th, 2022 3pm-10pm Free admission! *Fireworks will begin at 9pm. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, or something else to sit on. **NO dogs, personnel fireworks or alcohol will be...

  • City of Cape Coral Red, White & BOOM!

    City of Cape Coral Red, White & BOOM!

    The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department is proud to bring back the largest single day event in Southwest Florida! Join us for the 2022 Red, White, and BOOM, which includes the area's...

  • Freedom Fest: Downtown Fort Myers July 4th Celebration

    Freedom Fest: Downtown Fort Myers July 4th Celebration

    Come celebrate the Fourth of July with us in historic downtown Fort Myers! This event promises to be fun for the entire family. Enjoy live music from Thunder Beach Band, food trucks, local artisan...

  • Victory Church - Lehigh Acres

  • Sanibel Island 4th of July Fireworks

    Sanibel Island 4th of July Fireworks

    Monday, July 4th, 2022 Dusk (8:30pm-9pm) Sanibel Island will be having Fireworks on Bailey Road at the beach! Please bring a chair or something else to sit on. Bailey Road will be closed all day.

  • Marco Island Fireworks

    Marco Island Fireworks

    Monday, July 4th, 2022 9pm-9:30pm Free to attend. Fireworks will be set off at 9pm at Residents Beach. Public parking is available at Collier Boulevard and Swallow Avenue. No animals, glass or...

  • Fort Myers Beach 4th of July Fireworks

    Fort Myers Beach 4th of July Fireworks

    Monday, July 4th, 2022 9pm-11pm Free to attend! Bring chairs or something else to sit on! Fort Myers Beach will be hosting 4th of July fireworks at Times Square. Show begins at 9pm! *Closing time...

     

  • Naples Fourth Of July Fireworks

    The City of Naples Fireworks Display will be held on Monday, July 4th at 9:00 p.m. The
    fireworks will be presented from a barge approximately 900 feet north of the Naples Pier.
    The Naples Pier will be closed at 6:00 p.m. to permit first responders (Fire, Police, EMS)
    to establish their posts for the fireworks display. The Naples Pier will reopen at 11 p.m.
    Suggested Routes
    Because heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic is expected before and immediately
    following the fireworks, attendees traveling from U.S. 41 North or Golden Gate Parkway
    may find it easier to watch the fireworks from the beaches north of 5th Avenue South and
    depart the city on the following routes:
     3
    rd Ave. South to U.S. 41 North
     Central Avenue to U.S. 41 North
     4
    th Ave. North to U.S. 41 North
     7
    th Ave. North to U.S. 41 North
     Gulf Shore Blvd. North to Mooring Line Drive to U.S. 41 North
     Gulf Shore Blvd. North to Mooring Line Drive to Crayton Road
    Officers will direct traffic at most of the major intersections, with an emphasis on moving
    traffic north onto U.S. 41, east to U.S. 41 and north onto Goodlette Road. Please do not
    attempt to use alleys to bypass traffic as this will only increase congestion.
    Inclement Weather Procedures
    The Naples Fire Department will have the authority to alter the scheduled start time
    of the fireworks display based on weather conditions, such as wind, rain or lightning.
    The fireworks display will not be cancelled but may be delayed or commence at an
    earlier time.
    In the event of inclement weather, attendees will be notified utilizing news media,
    public address systems, and VHF marine radio on Channel 16.
    Road Closures/Extended Traffic Delays
    Following the fireworks display:
     Southbound traffic on U.S. 41 will be delayed for extended periods of time.
     Westbound traffic on U.S. 41 (5th Avenue South/Gordon River Bridge) will be
    delayed for extended periods of time.
     Vehicles will not be permitted to travel eastbound on 5th Avenue South
    between 3rd Street South and 9th Street South until normal traffic flow
    resumes.
     This is done to permit traffic to exit as quickly as possible and relieve
    congestion throughout the City of Naples.
    Parking – General Information
    Everyone is encouraged to use public parking in the downtown areas and to respect
    the property of others by not blocking driveways or parking on private property
    without the owner’s consent. The city parking garages located at 4th Avenue
    South/8th Street South entrance off 4th Ave. S.) and 6th Avenue South/8th Street
    South are located only a short walk from the beach. Public parking will also be
    available at Lowdermilk Park and the beach ends between 20th Avenue South and
    8
    th Avenue North.
    The Naples Police Department reminds everyone that strict parking enforcement will
    occur in marked “No Parking” areas, with attention given to Gulf Shore Blvd.,
    intersections, bike lanes, and areas adjacent to fire hydrants. There will be no
    parking allowed on either side of Gulf Shore Boulevard between 20th Avenue
    South and 8th Avenue North / South Golf Drive. Violators will be cited and
    towed.
    Beach Parking Rules
    Parking time limits will be enforced on July 4th. All parking areas have signs to assist
    visitors in understanding the parking rules.
    The rules are:
     All unmetered parking spaces require a beach parking permit.
     All metered parking spaces require payment or beach parking permit.
     No littering.
     No glass, animals, or fires allowed on the beach.
     No parking of trailers, trucks, recreational vehicles or buses within one block
    of the beach.
     Violators will be towed.
    Resident Parking Only
    There are twenty-four (24) beach ends reserved for City of Naples and Collier
    County beach parking permit holders only. Non-resident parking is prohibited at
    these locations:
     7th Avenue North *
     North Lake Drive
     6th Avenue North *
     4th Avenue North
     3rd Avenue North
     2nd Avenue North *
     1st Avenue North
     Central Avenue
     1st Avenue South
     2nd Avenue South *
     3rd Avenue South *
     4th Avenue South HR
     6th Avenue South
     7th Avenue South *
     9th Avenue South
     10th Avenue South *
     11th Avenue South
     Broad Avenue South
     15th Avenue South *
     16th Avenue South
     17th Avenue South
     18th Avenue South *
     32nd Avenue South
     33rd Avenue South *
    * Beach Shower Location
    HR – Handicap Ramp
    Pay Stations /Pay-by-Space
    Several parking areas have multi-space parking meters, including Lowdermilk Park
    and the Naples Pier.
    These machines, conveniently located near the entrance to the parking area, accept
    coins and Master Card and Visa. The cost is 25 cents for each 5 minutes of parking
    or
    $3.00 per hour. A minimum payment of $1.50 is required. Each parking space is
    designated with a number that must be entered into the pay station.
    The pay stations at the Naples Pier also offer Extend-by-Phone Service. The Extendby- Phone service allows visitors to receive parking expiry reminders and extend
    time for pay station-initiated transactions via text messaging (SMS).
    The Extend-by-Phone Service does not require a user account. Extend-by-Phone is
    compatible with virtually all mobile phones and delivers value for both visitors and
    parking operators.

    Visitor (Metered) Beach Parking Locations include:
     Seagate Drive beach access
     Horizon Way*
     Vedado Way*
     Via Miramar*
     Lowdermilk Park*
     8th Avenue North
     5th Avenue South*
     8th Avenue South *
     Broad Avenue South – 100
    Block
     Broad Avenue South – 200
    Block
     Pier / 12th Avenue South* HR
     13th Avenue South
     13th Avenue South – 100 Block
     14th Avenue South
    * Beach Shower Location
    HR – Handicap Ramp
    Parking Ticket Fines
    Parking tickets are $77. The parking ticket increases to $102 after 10 days unpaid.
    Handicap parking violations are $252.
    Handicapped Access
    The City of Naples provides handicap beach access at the locations listed below.
    Lowdermilk Park has beach wheelchairs available on a first come, first served basis.
     17th Avenue South, 4th Avenue South, 6th Avenue North, 8th Avenue South,
    Horizon Way, Lowdermilk Park, Naples Pier, Vedado Way, Via Miramar, City
    Pier
    Beach Parking With a Handicap Sticker
    Any disability permit holder may park at any space without payment, in accordance
    with Florida Statute 316.1964. The only requirement is that the permit holder is
    driving or being transported. A disability permit does NOT allow parking in a bus
    loading zone, fire zone, handicapped access aisles, any areas posted as no parking
    zones, or parking in excess of the posted time limit. Also, no parking is allowed at
    any metered beach parking space between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    The 4th Avenue South beach access will be specifically designated for handicapped
    parking. An officer will monitor this location beginning at 4 p.m. to ensure only those
    with handicap placards are permitted access. This road will also be on a first come,
    first served basis.
    Disabled Parking and Viewing of Fireworks
    A portion of the Naples Pier will be open to disabled individuals who rely on
    assistance for mobility (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc.). These persons may be
    accompanied by one individual for assistance.
    Those seeking disabled parking spaces are encouraged to arrive early. Parking
    spaces are not reserved and are only available on a first come, first served basis.
    Mobility disabled attendees may be dropped off at the intersection of 12th Avenue
    South and Gulf Shore Boulevard South while their driver, companion, etc. seeks
    parking.
    Restrooms/Port-o-Lets/Disabled Facilities
     Full-service restrooms will be available at the Naples Pier and Lowdermilk Park.
     Handicapped access Port-o-Lets will be available at 4th Avenue South and the
    Naples Pier.
     Port-o-Lets will be available at the following beach ends:
    Central Avenue, 1st Avenue South, 3rd Avenue South, 5th Avenue South, 6th
    Avenue South, 7th Avenue South, 9th Avenue South, 10th Avenue South, 11th
    Avenue South, Broad Avenue South, 13th Avenue South, 14th Avenue South,
    16th Avenue South, 17th Avenue South, and 18th Avenue South
    Command Post
    Members of the Naples Police Department and Naples Fire Department will be
    stationed in the field, on the northeast side of the 5th Ave. South and 9th Street South
    intersection. The Command Post will be parked at this intersection and will be
    staffed by officers, detectives, and sergeants during the hours of 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    Attendees seeking first aid, assistance in locating friends or family members, lost
    children, etc. can find many first responders at the foot of the Naples Pier.
    Prohibited Items/Conduct
     Fireworks of any kind, including sparklers and sky lanterns are prohibited
    on City beaches and anywhere west of Gulf Shore Blvd. Violators will have
    their fireworks confiscated and face a fine of $115.
     Don’t Litter! When you are preparing to leave the beach and gathering your
    belongings, please do not leave your trash behind. There are several trash
    disposal containers located at every beach access point.
     Do not take glass onto the beach. Naples beaches do not permit glass
    containers. The fine for this offense is $115.
     No animals (service animals are exempt), bicycles, motorized vehicles, or
    scooters are permitted on the city beaches.
     Alcoholic beverages are allowed as long as it is not in a glass container. No
    Glass on Beaches or Peir is Allowed.
    Miscellaneous
    The following are a few items to ensure your evening is fun and safe:
     Do not keep valuables visible in your car.
     Have a plan with your children in case your family becomes separated.
     Use discretion when allowing your “beach neighbors” to watch your belongings
    if you decide to take a walk or go for a swim.
     Leave your fireworks and sky lanterns at home.

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