Deadline extended! We still have a few tables left! Enjoy the award-winning Independence Eve Fireworks Celebration from your own private table in the Sponsors’ Reserved Seating Section. You’ll enjoy complimentary beverages and hot dogs from a private bar and a fantastic view of the fireworks over the river! Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A TABLE online. You can also call us at 844-272-2523 to pay by phone or email [email protected] with any questions.
Grab your bicycles, wagons, golf carts, sneakers, whatever your mode of transport, and meet your friends in Lafayette Park between 6 and 6:30 pm on Sunday, July 3rd.
Franklin’s Promise Coalition will provide streamers and decorations for everyone to decorate. Placards will be available for participants to display the name of their honored veteran.
For the 18th annual parade, the community will honor Sgt 1st Class (U.S. Army Retired) James “Jimmy” Elliott as the Parade Grand Marshall. Elliott served our nation proudly for 24 years before returning home to Apalachicola. During his enlistment, he served as an Infantry Pathfinder in Vietnam, Public Relations NCO in Desert Storm, and Infantry Platoon Sergeant in the Iraq Invasion.
Now retired and living in Apalachicola, Elliott served on the City Council for over 30 years and is one of a few elected officials with that long standing length of service. He has always been an advocate for veterans, families, and the City’s youth. Elliott volunteered as a little league coach for 26 years, focused on Little League Girls Softball and Little League Baseball.
A proud father of 3 and grandfather of 8, he is loved and adored. A man of integrity, Elliott has always stepped up for our community. He remains ready to serve our nation without hesitation, protecting each of us and our freedoms.
If you want to watch the parade, the procession will travel down Avenue B, proceed down Water Street and finish at Riverfront Park in the middle of the festivities.
The parade is organized by Franklin’s Promise Coalition and the Crew of the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast. Any Questions, Contact Joe Taylor, Franklin’s Promise Coalition, 850-323-0176.
Live music, food trucks, and fireworks! Join us for our award-winning Independence Eve Fireworks Celebration at Riverfront Park in downtown Apalachicola on July 3rd! We’re proud to host the most patriotic celebration around, featuring performances of God Bless America and the National Anthem as well as a veterans’ tribute speaker. This fantastic event culminates in an absolutely stunning fireworks display over the Apalachicola River!
Check out our latest e-newsletter for all the details on the hottest summer event on the Forgotten Coast!
Enjoy the fireworks from your own private table on the docks when you become a sponsor! Register online and select the table of your choice ($600 – $1,200). Perfect for businesses and families. Thanks to our generous sponsors, this beloved summer event is free to the public.
For the first time since the pandemic began, the Apalachicola Community Easter Egg Hunt will be back in its traditional format at the Chapman Botanical Gardens, with a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Children between the ages of two and twelve are invited to hunt for more than 2,000 candy-stuffed eggs during the hunt on Saturday, April 16.
Apalachicola Main Street and Bring Me a Book Franklin are co-hosts of the event. “We’re pleased to bring back this cherished annual tradition for local families,” said Main Street’s Executive Director, Augusta West. “Last year the event was adapted to the more socially distanced Bunny Hop Bingo due to the pandemic. The children loved it, but we’re excited to be able to hold the traditional gathering this year.”
The event will be held on the grounds of the Chapman Botanical Gardens on Market Street in Apalachicola. The excitement will get underway promptly at 9:30 a.m. Children will be divided into age groups, with each group assigned their own hunt area. Within each hunt area there will be hundreds of hidden eggs filled with candy and one special golden egg that can be turned in for a gift basket.
Each child will also receive a raffle ticket for prize drawings after the hunt. Being given away are scooters, toys, and other gifts. In addition, Bring Me a Book Franklin volunteers will give each child a free age-appropriate book to take home!
Children should bring their own baskets, buckets, or bags for the eggs they find. There will be bags available to anyone who forgets.
The egg hunt is supported with sponsorships, monetary donations, and prize donations each year from Duke Energy, Tabernacle of Faith, Dollar General, Apalachicola Main Street, and individual donors. To donate, please click here.
Volunteers are needed to set up, hide eggs, and serve as Bunny Leaders for each age group. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Apalachicola Main Street at 844-272-2523 or [email protected]
All the details on a new state historical marker proposed for Riverfront Park, the opening reception for the exhibit Journey to Freedom: The Odyssey of Abolitionist Moses Roper, and our most recent downtown beautification project. Click here!