CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Southwest Florida’s largest city celebrated America’s 242nd birthday with a boom.
Large crowds gathered on Cape Coral Parkway for the 50th annual Cape Red White and Boom celebration despite the weather hiccups.
Mother Nature put on her own light show with ominous clouds rolling in just as things got busy and before long it was pouring.
Some found shelter and stuck it out as it rained. Others went to their cars and came back once the rain ended.
The event draws over 40,000 people annually from all walks of life.
“People are always happy and cheering and having a great time,” said Monica Ekman, who’s been to Red White and Boom before.
Many raved about the different foods the event offered.
“We got some arepas, kabobs, a little arroz, tamales, for the Fourth of July,” said Michael Peguero.
He and his family say it’s their favorite holiday. That’s why they’ve chosen the 4th for the last 20 years to cook for Southwest Florida as a family.
“Just a family having a little event once a year, having a good time.”