Summer season has arrived and the Island Inn awaits! Bring the whole family out to the Island Inn for the 4th of July! Enjoy the pristine beaches, blue waters and beautiful weather at the Island Inn while you celebrate America’s independence!  Below we’ve gathered the activities that you, your family and friends can partake in throughout the Island. Hope to see you soon!

Start the 4th of July off with the 28th Annual Independence Day Parade down the stretch of Periwinkle Way. Many of Sanibel and Captiva’s local businesses, organizations and community members participate in the parade handing out candy, flags and koozies from their widely decorated and patriotic vehicles. The parade will start at 9:30am beginning at the corner of Tarpon Bay Road and Periwinkle Way and will travel down Periwinkle Way to Casa Ybel Road!

After you’ve gotten your fill of candy, jump in line to participate in Sanibel’s longest running 4th of July event.  This year will be the 39th year that the Optimist Club’s Road Rally will take place. Grab your family or gather a team and prepare to rally against others as you follow a predetermined course around both islands while solving puzzles and guessing for clues. Prizes will be awarded for time, mileage and for the team with the most correct answers to the quiz. Choose your team and go to the Optimist Club’s website for information on how to register ASAP!

When dusk approaches, head to the Causeway islands and finish off the holiday with a boom! Sanibel residents and visitors will gather to watch fireworks glistening off the waters of the Gulf. Pick a cozy spot with family and friends and experience a fireworks display like no other. The big show will start just after dark on Tuesday, July 4 and will be launched from Bailey Road on the bay side of the Island at 9:00pm. Make sure to get to the causeway early to ensure the best view!

For a view from the water, make reservations to hop aboard the Adventures in Paradise Fireworks Cruise! Listening to tropical music, you will cruise the tranquil waters of San Carlos Bay, by “Bird Island”. Watch the Sunset and then catch a great view of the Sanibel Fireworks! Reservations are required and it will fill up, call or visit their website to make your reservation!

Whatever you decide to do, we know you’ll have a ‘blast’ during you stay at the Island Inn!


Quick List of Sanibel 4th of July Events:

  • Free Pancake Breakfast at the Sanibel Community Church, 1740 Periwinkle Way, 7am to 9am
  • Parade starts at 9:30 am and begins at Tarpon Bay Road and Periwinkle (Bailey’s Center) ending at Periwinkle and Casa Ybel Road (Jerry’s Center).
  • Jerry’s Celebration – 1700 Periwinkle Way, 10:30 am
  • 39th annual Optimists’ 4th of July Road Rally. It starts at Noon from the Timbers parking lot, 703 Tarpon Bay Road
  • Fireworks at 9:00 pm, rain or shine sponsored by the City of Sanibel