Holiday event expected to draw thousands to the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge.
The RE/MAX Realty Team’s Red, White & Boom event will light up the sky over the Cape Coral Bridge on Wednesday, but a fireworks show is not all Cape Coral has planned for its biggest annual celebration.
The event, held at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge, is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral and has drawn crowds of nearly 20,000 people in past years.
Bob Knickman, special events director for the chamber, said they are expecting the event to be a hit this time around as well.
“It’s strong, it’s good. We’ve been doing everything we can to get things going on at the event,” he said. “We will have over 150 volunteers on hand taking care of everything and making sure the event goes smoothly.”
Cape Coral Parkway, from Del Prado Boulevard to the bridge, will be closed throughout the day, beginning at 6 a.m., to prepare for the CenturyLink Freedom 5K race.
The race over the bridge will begin at 7:30 a.m., with registration opening at 6:30 a.m.
Last year’s Freedom 5K was the first for Red, White & Boom and involved 200 runners.
“It was very successful,” said Ed Ramos, coordinator of the 5K. “For a first-time race, we hit the numbers that we wanted to.”
First, second and third place trophies will be awarded for different age groups.
“We will also have a 1-mile fun run and a tot trot, which will follow the 5K,” Ramos said.
At 9:30 a.m., set up for the event will begin and continue until around 3:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., the event will open to the public as the first concert act takes the stage.
Country singer Jaida Dreyer will be the opening act.
Around 8 p.m., country singer and songwriter James Wesley will take the Roger Dean Chevrolet stage as the headline concert act of the night.
Wesley’s show will lead up to “The American Tribute” by Harley Davidson Buell of Fort Myers. The tribute will honor local soldiers and feature the singing of the National Anthem.
“It will also include the reading of the names of men and women who have given their lives and died in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Knickman said. “We do our version of a 21 gun salute, but we do it with fireworks.”
The 20-minute presentation will end right before the main fireworks display, which is scheduled to begin around 9:30 p.m., depending on the weather.
The event will feature a free kid’s area with a bounce house sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral.
The Entech Computers Free Boom bus with handicap accessibility will be picking up event goers from various downtown parking lot locations, such as Club Square, Iguana Mia, Sweetbay and Big John’s.
Parking in any of those locations is free. Additional parking will be available at the El Rey Jesus Church at 1629 SE 47th Street for $10 per car, with no charge for handicap parking.
No coolers, outside alcohol, fireworks or pets of any kind are permitted at the event.