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Fourth of July celebration in Naples draws a crowd

Posted at 12:04 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 06:36:57-04

NAPLES, Fla. — Naples was the place to be this Fourth of July.

“Our whole beach will probably do up to 10-20 thousand people up and down our beach," said Roger Jacobsen, harbor master for the City of Naples.

All these people came together to celebrate our country's independence, including Pete Galvin, a Naples resident who appreciates the meaning behind this holiday. “Our forefathers founded this country on July 4, 1776, to give us freedom of speech, and freedom of rights," Galvin said.

Some even travel from different countries for the celebration, including Veronica Zosha, originally from Zimbabwe.

“Seeing people together… that’s something that’s something that’s intriguing to me that a lot of families come together and celebrate independence, I think that’s amazing," Zosha said.

Since so many people wanted to be in one space, the parking was limited.

“Just picture it 9:30, that many people leaving the beach at the same time. So traffic becomes a little bit of a challenge," Jacobsen said.

But the traffic challenge is worth it to those who wanted to come out and see the celebration and fireworks.

“An honor to have freedom in this country and people to be together, and just have a good day," Galvin said.