Organizers say this year's Fourth of July street party, Red, White & Boom, was bigger and better with more vendors, more festival goers and more fireworks.
We know it was a great time.
And admission was free, thanks to the numerous business sponsors, the innumerable volunteers and the coordinating entities, the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral and the city.
Putting on an event that includes dozens upon dozens of vendors, live entertainment, the biggest fireworks display in Southwest Florida and seamless crowd management takes thousands of hours of planning and effort.
It also take money, lots of money, to keep the gate admission gratis for crowds that annually top 20,000 people looking to celebrate a hometown Fourth.
We thank the chamber and its volunteers, the city and its employees, and the businesses that make this one of the region's most popular events.
For the third year running, the title, or major sponsor, was RE/MAX Realty Team, which not only donated funding but volunteer feet-on-the-street on the holiday.
Broker-owner Yoslyn Hollow and her team deserve special thanks.
So do the other major sponsors of which Breeze Newspapers is proud to be a part:
Roger Dean Chevrolet, BJ's Wholesale Club, Entech Computer Services, Kiwanis, Budweiser, Caloosa Tent & Rental, Fort Myers Harley-Davidson, CenturyLink, Cat Country 107.1, Comcast, the South Cape Community Redevelopment Agency, Lamar, WINK News and the News-Press as well as The Boat House of Cape Coral, Suncoast Portable Sanitation, Sea Tow, Highway Technologies, Brent's Music and Sound, Marker 92 Waterfront Bistro, Perkins Family Restaurant, First Round Draft and The Joint.
We thank you. Boom would not be possible without your efforts and contributions.
- Breeze editorial