It was a Sunny Sanibel Celebration indeed! This year’s Sanibel 4th of July Parade decorated Periwinkle Way in Red, White and Blue.
There are a number of celebrations on Sanibel – but the island parade’s are some of my favorite community events! A couple times of year, local island businesses and organizations come together to “strut their stuff” along Sanibel’s main drag, Periwinkle Way. With hand-made floats and creative costumes, parade marchers pass out colorful beads, candy, koozies, and more candy!
Check out the stash of candy the kids gathered in this year’s 4th of July Parade!
Though the 4th of July Parade on Sanibel can be a hot and sweaty event, island-residents are such great supporters, lining both sides of the roads, cheering on each float as it passes by. This year we sat along a shaded area of the road, which had a nice breeze from the trees – and made sure we drank plenty of water!
Jim and I and the kids had a great time at this year’s Sanibel 4th of July Parade, not only celebrating our country’s freedom, but also the small businesses and organizations of our home town, Sanibel Island. It’s these small-town events that highlight Sanibel’s unique community spirit and loving atmosphere.
If you haven’t been to a parade here on Sanibel, we encourage you to attend one! It’s best to come prepared with lawn chairs, sunglasses, snacks, plenty of water, oh and a bag for your road-side collection of goodies.
Parade’s are a great way to cheer on and support the local community, waving at familiar faces while mingling with visitors and locals of the island. You never know who you’ll bump into – in fact, we hope to see you at the next Sunny Sanibel Celebration!
More photos from this year’s Sanibel 4th of July Parade: