The Town will celebrate its 26th year of incorporation on December 31, 2021, with the return of the annual cupcake giveaway in Times Square and a fireworks display and ball drop.
The cupcake giveaway will be from noon to 1 p.m. or until gone. It is a tradition that was begun by several families after the Town was incorporated in 1995.
Thanks to the generous support of local merchants, residents and visitors, there will be a ball drop and fireworks display starting at midnight in Times Square. The pier will be closed to all traffic for the festivities.
Please help keep everyone safe and the festivities enjoyable by observing the Town’s ordinances that prohibit personal fireworks displays in any part of the Town, including the beach. Also, open containers of alcohol are prohibited outside the boundaries of Times Square and trash needs to be disposed of in the proper receptacles. Glass containers are not permitted on the beach.
Traffic is expected to be heavy in the Downtown District for these events. Visitors should consider using the convenient public transportation options offered by LeeTran, particularly the park and ride lot located a few miles off Estero Island at Pine Ridge Road. LeeTran will be extending hours for its beach services until 1 a.m. Call 239-533-8726 with questions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed to oncoming traffic from midnight to 1:30 a.m. Big Carlos Pass Bridge on the sound end of the Island will be open.
For information about Town parking, text the word PARKING to 239-FMBeach (239-362-3224) or visit the parking section on the Town's website.
The Beach and Street Enforcement (BASE) team monitors town spaces and posts the percentage of their availability at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. daily. The Town operates several hundred pay-for-parking spaces in and near the Downtown District and beach accesses. There are also several commercial lots.
Watch the Town’s website and social media outlets for updates.
For information about New Year’s Eve activities and entertainment in retail and restaurant establishments, visit the FMB Chamber of Commerce website.
Fourth of July
Traffic is typically heavy for this event as is the demand for parking, especially in the Downtown District/Times Square/Pier areas. The Town has several hundred public spaces and there are some paid commercial parking lots. Read the Town's parking information. Paying for parking in Town spaces is easy with the Passport parking app.
Another option: consider riding the Lee Tran Trolley.
And another option: consider watching the fireworks from one of the Town's 26 beach accesses that are spread along Estero Boulevard toward the South end of the Island.
And yet another option: Consider anchoring your vessel at Matanzas Harbor Mooring Field and enjoying the show from Estero Bay. Reserve your spot.
Matanzas Pass Bridge closes starting at 9 p.m. to oncoming traffic. Opening is subject to the direction of the Lee County Sheriff and traffic detail.
Big Carlos Pass Bridge on the south end of Estero Island remains open throughout.
PLEASE NOTE: To protect our beautiful beach environment and keep everyone and their properties safe: Per Town ordinance, personal fireworks displays ARE NOT PERMITTED.
The Town's social media outlets have up-to-the-minute information as needed.
Bay Oaks Recreational Campus hosts a "Fright Night" event annually.