A watermelon-eating contest was part of the day’s festivities at Sombrero Beach leading up to the fireworks at dark. Parks and Recreation Specialist Ali Adams also helped organize a scavenger hunt for youngsters, sack and eggs races as well as a volleyball tournament.
Boy Scout Pack 901 proved their patriotism and pitched candy treats to spectators.
The Color Guard from American Legion Post #154 led the parade down Sombrero Beach Road.
Young Jovana has developed a passion for dog walking, and the patriotic party at the beach was fun for revelers of all shapes and sizes.
Drew Caterson drove the lovely S.H.A.R.K. Board President Sheila Cook as the Grand Marshall for the annual 4th of July parade.
A community event wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from Jen and John Bartus!
Katie Bentley, Executive Director of S.H.A.R.K. dressed her four-legged friend in some red, white and blue for the patriotic procession.
Vincent Fimiani, dressed as Henry Flagler, was aboard the Most Patriotic Float decorated by the committee spearheading next January’s Centennial Celebration.
Flags were flying across the islands as well as on the water at the Valhalla sandbar.
The competition was fierce in the ever-popular watermelon-eating contest.
Yaron, Porter and Alain downed at least four wedges of watermelon each to edge out the competition!