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Punta Gorda Event Schedule for Independence Day 2012

4th Fest in Laishley Park 2012 features live music, over a dozen waterslides, great food, beer, and of course, fireworks!

4th Fest 2012

This Punta Gorda Independence Day event will be at Laishley Park from 10 AM to 10 PM on July 4th, 2012. Live music, from artists including JJ McCoy, the Boogiemen Rock & Soul Revue, and Tayzer, will be onstage all day long. A dozen waterslides will be available for your children in Water-Mania, so come in your swimsuits and wear sunscreen! Tickets for rides/food/beverages will be available to purchase at Laishley, and an all day wristband for full access to water slides and bounce houses is available for $10. Children under 12 get in free, and adults pay a $3 admission fee. All proceeds benefit the Punta Gorda Fireworks. The fireworks start at 9 PM!

21st Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim

Aerial photo of Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim 2011, photo courtesy of Harpoon Harry’s website.

This 1.5 mile swim across Charlotte Harbor is more of a laid-back crawl than a competitive race. There is no registration to complete in order to participate; only common sense and safety are required. Hundreds participate every year, usually clothed in patriotic red, white, and blue swimwear. Participants are encouraged to have a swimming partner. The race starts at 2 PM on July 4, 2012 (with a meeting for the swimmers to start prior at 1:55 PM), at the beach at the north end of the southbound US 41 bridge. The race ends at Harpoon Harry’s at the end of Fishermen’s Village. A trolley between Fishermen’s Village and the starting point of the race will start running at noon on July 4. Those who are not so swimmingly inclined can rent a kayak from “It’s Time! Kayak and Canoe” in order to paddle across Charlotte Harbor. Call 941-255-3686 and ask for Mike or Audrey in order to reserve a single kayak rental ($30)  or a double kayak  ($45).  Boat reservations are required, and will be waiting for paddlers at the Freedom Swim starting point and can be left for pickup at Fishermen’s Village. Good luck to all those that participate!

Harpoon Harry’s 19th Anniversary/4th of July Party

Flyer for Harpoon Harry’s 4th of July & 19th Anniversary Party 2012

This event will run from Friday, June 29 – Saturday, June 30, on Wednesday, July 4th, and Friday, July 6 – Saturday, July 7. The party spanning two weekends will include live music from Nexx Level and DJ Franco, kid’s activities, and assorted contests, the complete itinerary of which can be found on the Harpoon Harry’s website. You also watch the fireworks at 9 PM from the panoramic view of Charlotte Harbor at Harpoon Harry’s.

Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Fishermen’s Village

Children’s games will be hosted by Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and “Metamasque” face painting will also be available. Live music will start at 11 AM with Jim Morris at the main stage until 3 PM, while musical group Mercy takes over at 5 PM until 9 PM. Both admission and parking are free.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra – Symphonic Fireworks

Flyer at our office detailing the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Fireworks

This musical Punta Gorda event is being hosted at Charlotte Event & Conference Center on July 4th. Michelle Amato is the featured soloist, while Scott Lavender is conducting. Tickets for this event ($45 – adults, $15 – students under 18) are available for purchase at www., at the door, or by calling 941-205-9743. A buffet of hot dogs and hamburgers plus side dishes and drinks are available for $12 for adults and $8 for children. Doors open at 4:30, and the show starts at 6 PM.

Bayshore 4th of July Celebration by Charlotte County Community Services

This event starts at 7 PM at Bayshore Live Oak Park, (23157 Bayshore Road, Charlotte Harbor). Sunday Punch will be performing, and you can either bring your own picnic or purchase food from the vendors on-site. And, of course, this event offers a great view of the fireworks when they start at 9 PM!

What Punta Gorda event for 4th of July have you attended?


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