Each year, the Estero Historical Society celebrates the 4th of July by providing segments of history connected with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
This year there were about 60 people who braved the heat to go to the Society’s historic cottage in the Estero Community Park to celebrate our national holiday.
Estero Fire Rescue provided the backdrop with a large flag raised from their fire truck.
“Colonists” marched on scene and cited some of the grievances the country had with Great Britain at that time and problems associated with the American Revolutionary War.
Estero Historical Society President Charles Dauray welcomed the crowd, and Joann Luce described the 1775 hurricane and its impact on the region and the war.
Those in attendance participated by joining in on the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the national anthem.
Following the reading of the Declaration of Independence, attendees enjoyed iced tea and slices of cold watermelon.
Included in the audience were Mayor Nick Batos and Councilmembers Katy Errington, Bill Ribble and Jim Wilson; Estero Fire Rescue Commissioners Jim Mendolera and Dick Schweers; Estero Historical Society Board members Bob Boudreau, Marlene Fernandez and Beverly MacNellis; and members of the “Our Lady of the Rosary” who presented a donation of $250 to the Society.