Get an early start on your 4th of July celebration by getting in the spirit of the holiday at the family favorite "Great American Picnic" Wednesday, July 4, from noon 3:30 p.m. at the Marina at Cape Harbour.
The event is a traditional Cape Coral birthday salute to the nation. It begins with a patriotic acknowledgment to the troops accompanied by the Cape Coral VFW Post 8463 Color Guard. Caira Everly will kick off the event singing the national anthem along with a medley of patriotic songs to get everyone in the spirit. It is a family friendly day of activities for everyone featuring delicious foods, contests and live entertainment and music.
Again this year, the ever-popular "Best Patriotic Pet Contest" gets under way with the distinguished judge, Lois Thome, WINK-TV news anchor. Medals will be awarded and the grand prize is a gift basket from the Cape Harbour Merchants. There is no cost to enter. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the contest starts at 1 p.m.
This is the 5th year that members of the non-profit Adopt-A-Troop Foundation will be raising money to support our military. Be sure and write a personalized message on the large banner that will be sent to our heroes overseas!
Also on tap will be the traditional "Apple Pie Baking Contest" hosted by Pignoli on the Harbour, as well as the "Banana Split Eating Contest" hosted by Run Agrounds premium coffee, pastry and gelato shop. High Maintenance Salon & Spa and Divine Diva's Boutique will adorn children and those young at heart with patriotic tattoos and firecracker ponytails. There will be an arts and crafts area where kids can create "Thank You Cards" for our military. They can also create fun designs on bandanas for themselves or for the Troops.
Throughout the festival, Chris the DJ with "Juke Box Hero" will provide entertainment. The Farmers Market will here to help celebrate this special day. The Hot Flashz dance team will give us a patriotic expo. Jeff Santella's Martial Arts University will have a demonstration by the Street Defense team. There will be lots of action packed into this "Great American Picnic"!
Merchants along the Marina Promenade will have their doors open featuring red-hot holiday specials. We have several new shops for you to enjoy!
As always, admission and parking are free. For more details, log onto www.capeharbour.com or call (239) 945-6116.