Crowds return for Bonita Springs’ Star Spangled celebration

Crowds return for Bonita Springs’ Star Spangled celebration


“It feels so normal” is what person after person said as about 5,000 people crowded into Riverside Park on Sunday night for the July 4th Star Spangled Bonita event. There was live music, a golf cart glow parade and the longest most extravagant fireworks show ever put on by the city.

Barely anyone wore a mask. People were packed into the park and surrounding areas without worrying about being six feet apart. It didn’t look anything like the social distancing that people were experiencing the past year and a half during the pandemic.

“Oh yeah we are so excited. We missed this last year,” said Erica Sperber. “We are excited to be in the park because we have been mostly doing beach stuff.”

Last year the city cancelled its annual festivities and instead did a drive in fireworks show by the dog track for a limited number of people.



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