The Eastpoint fire isn’t standing in the way of celebrating America’s independence, with a major push over three days to help.
On Monday, July 2, the city of Carrabelle offered Fireworks on the Harbor at about dark 30.
On Tuesday, July 3, Apalachicola will host its Independence Ever Celebration, presented by Apalachicola Main Street at Riverfront Park, from 4 to 10 p.m., with music, food, parade, ice cream social, veterans tribute given by State Rep. Halsey Beshears, and fireworks at 9 p.m.
To assist fire victims, the city will close Commerce Street, between Avenues E and F, beginning mid-morning, to allow nonprofit organizations, churches and others to set up booths to help raise money for the Eastpoint Fire Recovery effort. Anyone interested in setting up a booth will need to provide their own tent, table and facilities, with space available on a first come, first serve basis. No permits will be required for vendors but proceeds must benefit the fire relief effort.
City Administrator Lee Mathes said several churches and nonprofit groups asked to set up downtown to raise money. "The event venue at Riverfront Park is already spoken for in terms of event vendors, activities and fireworks seating, so opening up nearby space to help local volunteers raise money for the fire relief effort was an easy way for the city to help,” she said.
Apalachicola Main Street organizers say they expect several thousand people to flood the city to attend the popular Independence Eve event, and are planning a way of contributing to the relief efforts.
“As we are prepared to assist in any way that we can, our thoughts, prayers and hearts goes out to our brothers and sisters over in the Eastpoint community impacted by Sunday’s devastating fire. The very bridge that separates our physical communities is now being used to bridge our hearts together as one community, united under God’s sovereign care,” said Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson.
On Wednesday, July 4, the St. George Island Water Parade through downtown starts at 10 a.m. Anyone can participate, but no water balloons please! Fireworks at dark 30 by Blue Parrot Restaurant.