The fourth annual Great American Picnic is a celebration of Independence Day before the sun sets and fireworks light up the sky.
All of the Cape Coral community is invited to the picnic at the Marina at Cape Harbour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. The event features music, contests, food and a celebration of our country's most important holiday.
Glenda Swager, event coordinator for Cape Harbour, said approximately 1,000 people attended last year's picnic between the two towers on Expo Island and in the promenade.
Cape Coral's VFW Post 8463 is scheduled to host a patriotic salute to the troops at the beginning of the picnic, Tony Annunziata from Mamma Maria's Treasures will perform a number of U.S. tribute songs and Caira Everly will sing the national anthem.
Chris the DJ and "Juke Box Hero" will play music throughout the day.
The "Best Patriotic Pet Contest," one of the most popular events at the picnic, will be judged once again by Lois Thome from WINK-TV and Anita Simmons, owner of the Cape Dog Bakery. They've been contest judges for the last four years.
What: Fourth Annual Great
When: Sunday, July 4,
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Marina at Cape Harbour
Pets are invited to the event, and 15 pets will be honored at noon with medals for being the most patriotic.
"They look like an Olympic medal but with a paw print," said Swager.
Eighty pets competed last year and the winner was a dog named Stitch. The owner of whichever pet wins first place gets a gift basket from Cape Harbour merchants.
The local non-profit, Adopt-A-Troop Foundation is also raising money to send care packages to troops overseas.
During the picnic, Cafe Pignoli is holding an "Apple Pie Baking Contest" and Run Agrounds is organizing a "Banana Split Eating Contest." Winners of both will be announced at near the end of the picnic.
High Maintenance Salon will offer Fireworks Ponytails, tattoos and arts or crafts for children. Divine Diva's is also offering patriotic tattoos for children. Young attendees can also create "thank you" cards for military personnel.
The Bikini Shop is hosting a "Family Photo Explosion" and Mamma Maria's Treasure will let children create bandanas with creative designs. The Joint is sponsoring mini race cars for children's photographs.
A stage will be set up at Cape Harbour for demonstrations by Jeff Santella's Martial Arts University and the popular over-50 dancing group Calendar Girls, who are performing a tribute to the 82th Airborne.
Swager said there will also be a dog obedience demonstration on the stage.
All merchants will have their doors open, including Rumrunners, The Joint, and Run Agrounds. Besides their regular menu, Cafe Pignoli will also be selling hot dogs and hamburgers.
For additional information, visit www.capeharbour.com.