We celebrate with a big fireworks display twice a year in Naples – once for the Fourth of July and then again on New Year’s Eve. This is a very popular event and parking can be miserable, so go early to park in a legitimate spot and to stake out your territory on the beach. The fireworks are ignited from the Pier which means your best vantage points will be on the beach just north and south of the Pier.
Lowdermilk Park is a good place to go because you are still close enough to the fireworks, there is parking if you get there early and there are bathrooms. Take your beach chairs, a snack and some beverages to relax on the beach until the show starts after it gets dark.
Between conversation with friends & family, people watching, dolphins, birds and a long line of boats assembling to watch the fireworks from the water, there will be plenty to make the time go by quickly until showtime. Remember a flashlight or use the application on your smart phone to make your way off of the beach.
Don’t be in a hurry to leave after the show because you’ll only be waiting in traffic. Besides, up and down the beach you’ll see private homeowners along the Gulf competing for bragging rights with their own fireworks displays. This will go on for hours after the big show.
If you want to continue the celebration of bringing in the New Year, then go to either Third Street South (if you hustle you might see some of the “snow” falling) or one of the restaurants on Fifth Avenue South after the fireworks display. That’s where you’ll find the action.
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